America and Israel are more alike than they know
Any Americans watching the ongoing turmoil in Israel may want to reflect on just how similar the two countries are, says Simon Kuper in the FT. Both were founded by a “persecuted minority fleeing Europe”, and began as “ethnostates which privileged the dominant ethnicity”: white men in the US; Jews in Israel. Both have always had a sense – “real in Israel, but usually manufactured in the US” – of living under external threats. They identify more with each other than with “western European softies”. And, crucially, they both “hit identity crises when the ethnic majority realised it risked becoming a minority”. America is expected to become “minority white” by 2045; Jews have effectively become a minority in Israeli-controlled land now that Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has abandoned any notion of a Palestinian state.