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October 2006

One of Marty Peretz’s Friends Believes in the Israel Lobby

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Benjamin Ginsberg, a political scientist at Johns Hopkins, was influenced by Hannah Arendt to consider the relationship of Jews to the state, and in 1993 he published a book on the subject, The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State. Marty…

Marty Peretz on Louis Brandeis and Walter Lippmann

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I’ve been thinking about something Marty Peretz said at Yivo Institute last week. Following Niall Ferguson’s talk about Jews & Money, a lady in the second row asked whether the Balfour Declaration of 1917, in which the British government committed…

The Atlantic Tees Up the Israel Question, After All

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The Atlantic Monthly has just published a poll of “foreign-policy authorities” on U.S. support of Israel. I can’t get access to the whole poll but the teaser is exciting: 62 percent of these wise men say that the Bush Administration’s…

The Times States There Is an Israel Lobby, Then Demonstrates Its Strength

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Hat’s off to the New York Times. Yesterday’s front-page profile of Philip Zelikow, a top aide to Condoleeza (help me, spellcheck) Rice and the head of the 9/11 Commission, referred baldly to a fundamental divide among policymakers between “realists” (Zelikow)…

Yivo Institute Suppresses a Jewish Hero’s Anti-Zionism

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The Yivo Institute, which is dedicated to the study of Ashkenazi Jews, has lately reprinted an important attack on the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” The attack was written in 1921 by the great English journalist Lucien Wolf, who…

Niall Ferguson Disappoints, on Jews and Money

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Last night Yivo Institute on W. 16th Street hosted a talk by the Harvard historian Niall Ferguson on “Jews and Money.” How excited I was to hand over my $15. The center dedicated to the study of Yiddish-speaking Jews was…

The Belfer Declaration

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For his Connecticut insurgency, Joe Lieberman amassed $13.8 million as of 9/30 (per the FEC). Ned Lamont was gasping away at about $9 million. Big stakes. One of Lieberman’s more generous enablers is Robert Belfer, energy executive, who lives in…

The New Battleground for Jewish Votes: the Right

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Jennifer Siegel in The Forward has been doing excellent reporting on the extent to which Republicans are fighting the Democratic Party for Jewish votes by questioning the Dems’ support for Israel. This theme is alive in our partisan politics right…

Rachel Corrie, and Jimmy Carter, on Apartheid

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As I went downtown to see the play “My Name Is Rachel Corrie” last night, I read the Forward’s coverage of Jimmy Carter’s much-awaited book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. Forthcoming from Simon & God bless them Schuster.. The article said…

Susan Kleiner, on Kabbalah and Bridges

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“MacDonald St. L” The artist Susan Kleiner and I got into a discussion about Kabbalah the other day at the coffee house, The Muddy Cup, that is showing her work in Beacon, N.Y. She said that at one Kabbalah center,…

The Big Lacuna

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A smart friend tells me that despite the excited crowds gathered outside Cooper Union 3 weeks back, and the great excitement in the hall, there has been hardly a drop of ink spilled on the Israel lobby debate sponsored by…

Why Bill Clinton and the Democrats Are Spavined on Iraq

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Yesterday I got a fundraising letter from Bill Clinton, on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. It’s three pages long and begins, thumpingly, by saying “The next five weeks are critical for America and the world. We’ve got to…

Peace Corps’ Murder, and Coverup, Mark 30th Anniversary

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Deb Gardner in Tonga, photo by Frank Bevacqua Thirty years ago tomorrow Deborah Ann Gardner, a 23-year-old Peace Corps Volunteer from Washington state serving on a remote island in the South Pacific, was murdered by a man who had become…

Spine or Scat? Marty Peretz Gets Down

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One great thing about blogging is it reveals a writer’s true nature, flaws and all. (Like my flakiness; I try and ground myself but there it is; I think in Kabbala they would say I am too much in my…

New Powell Biography Criticizes Neocons as Israel-Centric

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Soldier, the new bio of Colin Powell by Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post, includes some incisive comments about the neoconservatives’ concern for Israel’s interests. Per the LA Times review: According to the author, the then-secretary went out of his…

What (Not) to Make of 600,000 Deaths in Iraq

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A study by public-health researchers at Johns Hopkins says that estimates of deaths in Iraq since we did that nation the great service of bringing them democracy are way low, that the likelihood is 600,000 have died. Though they say…

The Suicide Question Re Corey Lidle

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I’m surprised that everyone covering Corey Lidle’s death has avoided the psychological question: Was depression or suicidal feeling a factor in the crash? Let’s go to the videotape: in his last appearance in the public eye, just four days before…

A Lobby for the Rest of Us

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Further proof that anyone who said Walt and Mearsheimer were extremists had their head up their— Today’s Ha’aretz reports the formation of a lobbying group to counter AIPAC’s hawkish position in the U.S. George Soros is involved. So is IPF,…

ESPN Promotes Violence in Football

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The Halftime show on Monday Night Football on ESPN is featuring something called “Jacked Up,” showing the five biggest hits of the previous weekend’s action and asking people to vote on which was the best one. The hits are blindside…

Why the Clash of Cultures Won’t End as the Cold War Did

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Timothy Garton Ash, in the latest New York Review of Books, makes a point that should be obvious, but unfortunately is not: that reforming Islam is not like reforming Communism. At the end of the Cold War, there were very…

Fierce Winter Ahead? The Oaks Know Something

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The woods this fall are filled with acorns. Trails are a kind of roller derby of the nuts underfoot, and squirrels look fat and happy. At night there’s a continual clatter, as the acorns fall. A friend who lives in…

Rejectionist Saudis to Become Israel’s Ally Against Iran?

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MJ Rosenberg has a fascinating column this week on a potential new axis in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia and Israel… Rosenberg calls for, egad, creative thinking on the Bush Administration’s part to seize the moment on a Palestinian state….