01/30/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Progressive Jews Tested By Gaza Crisis

As the Israeli bombardment of Gaza enters its fourth day, there is no shortage of tests. The wisdom of Israeli strategy is being tested. The resilience of the Palestinian people is being tested. The ability of the U.S. and the international community to impose a ceasefire is being tested.

And the might of the new progressive American Jewish infrastructure that emerged in 2008 -- unapologetically pro-peace and pro-Israel -- is undergoing its own test as well: How to effectively argue that an Israeli war is counterproductive to Israel's long-term security while the bombs are falling.

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