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Welcome, Sharon

When Israel’s prime minister appears before Jewish audiences in New York and Washington next week, he may seem to be facing a Jewish community that’s deeply divided on his policies. That’s not the case.

There undoubtedly will be noisy demonstrators in both cities attacking him and his policies. Some will claim he is betraying Jewish tradition by his planned withdrawal of Israeli troops and settlers from Gaza and the northern West Bank this summer. Others will claim he betrays some universal moral standard by refusing to make more sweeping concessions to the Palestinians.

The vast majority of Americans, Jewish and non-Jewish, will be sitting at home with their fingers crossed, trusting him to make the right decisions for his nation and wishing him Godspeed.

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