Reading this book is like listening in on a rather noisy, one-sided family quarrel. One feels a bit embarrassed by all the hyperbole, all the shrill emotions, and one is not quite sure whether to take it seriously. Perhaps the protagonists will kiss and make up any moment. But the Israeli author seems quite serious in his attack on American Jews. They are accused of meddling in Israeli affairs, not giving enough support or giving too much of the wrong kind and, most of all, of living in the United States instead of emigrating to Israel. As one man's opinion, and as a storehouse of anecdotes, the book merits slight attention. But a range of big-name Israelis profess to support the main themes of the book. Still, one can hardly shake the thought that this is a deliberately provocative temper tantrum designed to sell lots of books precisely to the targets of the author's diatribe.
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