Leonard Quart is a Berkshire Eagle columnist. 

Though the New York City Council's Progressive Caucus can commit political missteps, it has a clear and positive function. In the present, it must provide opposition to moderate Democrats like Mayor Eric Adams when dealing with rent stabilization and stop Adams from hiking leases again. And it must marshal opposition to what they call Adams’ “austerity budget” with its severe cuts of social services.

If at this difficult political moment I want to think positively about Israel, I reflect on the work of a few of its major authors. All were critical of Israeli policies towards the Palestinians, advocating a single-state solution and opposing expansion of West Bank settlements. At the same time, they were writers deeply committed to Israel’s existence, whose work avoided being polemical and could never be reduced to a set of political positions.

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