Here O Israel

September 10th, 2009

Israel is changing.  Two interviews this week shed light on the changing face of Israel both in country and in the the US Congress.  First Rich Cohen gives us insight into what makes modern Israel and modern Jews tick. In his book Israel Is Real, he explains the mishmash of politics, ideology and psychology that have gone into the deification of Israel. Then in his New York Times Magazine piece, award winning journalist James Traub talks about J Street, a new lobbying group with a very different mission of advocacy for Israel.  He shows how the old lock step model of "what's good for Israel is good for America" may be on the way out. My conversations with Rich Cohen and  James Traub: