Contributor Archives: Dan Fleshler, Board Member

About Dan Fleshler, Board Member

Dan Fleshler, a New York-based media and public affairs strategist, is a board member of Ameinu, Americans for Peace Now and the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation. His book, "Transforming America's Israel Lobby-The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change"(a new release from Potomac Books) published in May of 2009 has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. He blogs at Realistic Dove (www.realisticdove.org/)

For Zionists, the Obsession with Jerusalem is a Recent Phenomenon

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations recently “reaffirmed its longstanding position that a united Jerusalem should remain the sovereign and eternal capital of Israel,” according to a JTA story. Some left-of-center groups were against it but they …

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A Diplomatic Tool: The “Freyer” Factor

So just how much pressure can and should the U.S. apply to both Israelis and Palestinians after the Annapolis conference? The “P word” -pressure– still sends chills down the spines of too many mainstream American Jewish leaders, including those who …

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Time for Zionists to Throw Out the Little Blue JNF Box?

       By Dan Fleshler My new friend Jerry Haber, “The Magnes Zionist” tipped me off to a shameful story about the Jewish National Fund and proposed Knesset legislation. Here is the Ha’aretz report: Bill allocating JNF land to …

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How To Talk Candidly About Israel

By Dan Fleshler How to Talk Candidly About Israel Steven Wise Free Synagogue New York, NY June 21, 2007 What follows is slightly expanded version of remarks made by Dan Fleshler, who was on a panel with Anne Roiphe and …

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Why Advocating a One-State Solution Does Not Help the Palestinians

       By Dan Fleshler Dan Fleshler introduces Uri Avnery’s “Why advocating a one-state solution does not help the Palestinians.” Uri Avnery, a longtime dove and gadfly of the Israeli establishment, is often quoted by people on the anti-Israel …

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A Vision of What Israel Could Be: Progressive Answers to Anti-Zionism

       By Dan Fleshler There are perfectly reasonable, articulate, well-meaning people who share many of the values of progressive Zionists but do not believe the Jewish state should exist. It is possible to believe this without being anti-Semitic. …

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The Far Left’s Discomfort with Jewish Identity

By Dan Fleshler Philip Weiss, a casual friend and often an ideological nemesis, has a fascinating, typically disturbing post about Jewish identity on his blog, MondoWeiss . In his magazine articles and his blog, he has been asking very provocative, …

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Redefine the American Jewish-Israel Relationship

By Dan Fleshler The organized American Jewish community and Israel are like a tired old married couple that lives together on the basis of old habits, not new realities. They need to make an effort to redefine their relationship so …

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Why Not Let Moderates Engage Far Left?

By Dan Fleshler The mainstream machers of American Jewry correctly assert that some of the rhetorical excesses of Israel’s critics, particularly on the far left, can foster outright antisemitism. But when these organizational leaders and academics recently claimed that provocative …

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