Rabbi Engagement with the Peace Process in the Middle East* Journal Article uri icon



  • Objectives. Support for Israel has been a hallmark issue of the Jewish lobby in American politics. But what do Jewish religious leaders think about U.S. policy toward Israel and the peace process, and how often do they address these issues?Methods. Using a sample of more than 400 rabbis drawn from the four major movements of American Judaism in the fall of 2000, we investigate rabbi views of and speech about foreign affairs, especially about Israel.Results. Contrary to conventional wisdom, we find considerable diversity in opinion among rabbis (if not public speech), particularly on issues concerning Israel and the peace process.Conclusions. We conclude that the Jewish community—really, several communities organized by movement—is hearing a diversity of opinions about the peace process. We argue that reference group theory and movement socialization help explain this diversity.

publication date

  • December 1, 2006

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • November 4, 2013 10:47 AM

Full Author List

  • Sokhey AE; Djupe PA

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0038-4941

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-6237

Additional Document Info

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  • 903

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  • 923


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