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This series, entitled “Inside Zionism“, is intended to study various aspects of secular Jewish nationalism. The reader is encouraged to read the series background by clicking here.
In this article. In June 1977, Hamilton Jordan, Chief of Staff for President Jimmy Carter, wrote a detailed analysis of foreign policy and domestic politics that covered a range of topics such as SALT II, Africa, and The Middle East. In the memorandum, Jordan provides President Carter a thorough review of American Jewish community politics. Carter had emerged out of initial skepticism over a southern Baptist about whom little was known on issue of concern to American Jews and the Israelis. The publication digitally republishes the declassified Jordan memorandum in its original (non-redacted) condition. The documents are maintained at the National Archives and Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. The reader will gain a wealth of insights into American Jewish politics and how it shapes American politics, in-general.
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Zionist tenets, interests, and the American-Jewish electorate. What drives this political philosophy? In what ways does it appear in the landscape of U.S. policy, domestic and foreign? To what extent are these elements shared among members of the American-Jewish community, whether common citizens or legislators? And how are Zionist interest projected on and accepted by non-Jewish politicians, political parties, and other stakeholders?
What in the Jordan memorandum might you find most interesting? Leave your comments. One of many items of interest deals with nuclear weapons. Israel has avoided a definitive answer on this question. But on seventieth physical page (numbered 25), Jordan writes:
“There is no question in my mind that an Israel in danger of being totally overrun will go down only after it uses everything in its power, including the 20 to 25 strategically deliverable nuclear warheads that our government is fully aware that the Israelis posses and have deployed.”
The implications of this revelation alone are chilling, considering myriad tensions that have and continue to exist in The Middle East involving the State of Israel. Questions of states pursuing nuclear weapons to balance U.S. involvement. And the vulnerable position of the Palestinians.
Jordan makes numerous other startling observations.
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