Peter Beinart has a new essay (in the New York Review of Books) about the slow death (or possibly not-so-slow death) of Zionist feeling among young, liberal Jews, caused mainly by what he perceives to be the American Jewish establishment's acquiescence to the spread of official intolerance in Israel. This is how Ben Smith in Politico summarizes it:
Peter Beinart's new essay indicts American Jewish organizations -- AIPAC and the Conference of Presidents first of all -- for, as he sees it, apologizing for an extremist and racist Israeli right. It will cost him friends, and start a conversation, particularly in the shrinking space occupied by liberal, Zionist* voices like his, Jeffrey Goldberg's, and Jonathan Chait's.
(Smith's asterisk leads to this statement, which seems reasonable to me: "There's no perfect phrase for the group; I'd initially said "liberal, pro-Israel," which drew reasonable objections from people to their left who consider themselves pro-Israel; "liberal Zionist" may draw similar objections. But there's clearly a strain of thought on the American center-left, associated with the Democratic Party, which is at risk of extinction here.)
Ben Smith has helped me figure out the source of the claustrophobic feeling I've been experiencing lately. It turns out that it occurs when you've been locked in a small room (decorated, ambivalently, in blue and white) with Peter Beinart and Jon Chait and.... well, that's the point, isn't it? Who else is still out there arguing that you can be liberal and Zionist at the same time, meaning, pro-Israel and anti-occupation? There's Leon Wieseltier, of course, but who else? Tom Friedman is in the same camp (and has been there for a long time) but he pays only intermittent attention to the problem.