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What Do the Jews Think?

Tonight marks the beginning of Yom Kippur -- a time for reflection and atonement in the Jewish faith. American Jews have had strong and often divided opinions about peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors -- for many the security of Israel is an issue central to identity as well as faith. The preponderance of Jewish opinion in America has supported the peace process. But now, says writer Samuel J. Freedman, many moderate Jews find themselves asking painful questions. Freedman has just finished a book on American Jews and he says many moderate Jews feel paralyzed and that the most hawkish predictions have come true.

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