David Bernstein suggests that they do, or at least that to not do so is in some way "un-Jewish."
Put these two together and you find a strongly left-leaning young woman who is struggling to define a Jewish identity she can be content with, but who feels the need to jettison aspects of mainstream Judaism (wickedness, Israel, and, it seems to me, the idea that Israel’s problems are not just self-inflicted, but in large part a result of its enemies’ wickedness) when they conflict with her primary ideological identity.I'm not Jewish, so I obviously have a less clear idea of what "Jewish communal values and
It’s certainly not my business to tell someone how “Jewish” they should be. But it’s strange to see so many people suggesting that if Jewish communal values and priorities conflict with their own ideological vision, and they choose the latter over the former, that somehow the Jewish world has abandoned them rather than vice versa.
priorities" are, but I find it odd that political support for an often-controversial nation would be considered by many an important part of a religious and cultural identity. As an American, I don't feel that I'm abandoning American communal values and priorities when I suggest that American supremacy might not be the best courseof action. As someone of European descent, I don't feel like I'm abandoning my cultural heritage by criticizing European policies, whether historical or modern. Is that just me?
If support for Israel is actually considered an integral part of Jewish identity - if it's not just Bernstein - then maybe that's why political opposition to Israel is often confused with anti-Semitism (or here).