Monthly Archives:
December 2006

Did Israel’s Acquisition of Nuclear Weapons Lead to 1967 War?

Philip Weiss on

In Tuesday’s New York Sun, editor Seth Lipsky refers to the Six-Day war of 1967 in typical fashion, saying that Ariel Sharon “saved the Jewish state” by enveloping the Egyptians in the Sinai. Lipsky’s view of the war is unreconstructed…

My Assimilationist Christmas: ‘This Too Survived Hitler’

Philip Weiss on

I spent Christmas Eve at two parties in LA hosted by Jews—friends of my gentile brother-in-law. Didn’t plan it that way; just worked out that way. The first party was all film industry. I asked the host’s daughter about being…

I Witness the Israel Lobby in Action

Philip Weiss on

A few weeks back at Columbia, I watched with amazement as the former Israeli soldier Yehuda Shaul, who started the group Breaking the Silence, gave his presentation on the horrors of the occupation to about 75 students in a darkened…

I Meet ‘Galut’ Jews at a Christmas Party in L.A.

Philip Weiss on

I’m in L.A. One of the liberating things about being here is that while there’s Jewishness all around me, it is not as confining a Jewishness as the one in New York. The definition is looser. At a Christmas party…

Jimmy Carter, on Mission

Philip Weiss on

A friend went to Jimmy Carter’s book-signing in Pasadena the other day. 3200 books, all snapped up weeks before, then signed by an aloof former president, who did not shake hands but was flanked by two phalanxes of security. Everyone…

I Visit a German-Jewish Relative

Philip Weiss on

When I was a kid, my parents had an expression, WASPy Jews. It was based in part on our one German-Jewish relative: Trudy (a pseudonym). Trudy was cold, straightforward, and wealthy. German Jews and Eastern-European Jews used to be the…

Barack Obama Disappoints Re Israel/Palestine

Philip Weiss on

I heard a report that Sen. Barack Obama’s position on Israel/Palestine is no different from the Democratic mainstream, that in fact he abandoned a more progressive view—which you might expect given his multicultural/international backstory—to get there. I asked someone who…

Why Aren’t American Alpinists Looking for Osama bin Laden?

Philip Weiss on

Till he died on Mt. Hood, Kelly James led a rich, daring life. He did “high-end modernist” landscape design and loved climbing mountains. He proposed to his now-widow at 14,000 feet, on Mt. Rainier. The two men he climbed the…

Some Psychological/Marital Thoughts on the Last Oregon Tragedy

Philip Weiss on

Yesterday’s investigation by The Oregonian of the Bear Camp Road tragedy two weeks ago is haunting on a couple of levels. First there’s the family drama. The Oregonian reports that the Kims “drove past signs that said the road was…

Flynt Leverett Calls Ken Pollack ‘Flat-Out Wrong’

Philip Weiss on

A few minutes ago in a speech before the New America Foundation, Flynt Leverett, a former CIA and NSC official, attacked Kenneth Pollack, the “thinker” at Saban/Brookings who served up the Iraq war on a silver platter for liberals. Leverett…

In the Last Oregon Tragedy, Shameful Official Conduct

Philip Weiss on

Now when everyone is gazing at Mt. Hood, let’s not forget the last outdoor tragedy in Oregon. Today’s The Oregonian prints a bravura piece of reporting about why local authorities failed to find the Kim family on Bear Camp Road…

Can Barack Obama Heal Us?

Philip Weiss on

The Iraq Study Group report has freed the left to describe Iraq in a new way, as worse than a civil war. On Meet the Press, Tom Ricks of the Washington Post said: Right now it’s…the pure Hobbesian state, the…

Herzl’s NFP. And Our NYT.

Philip Weiss on

At last week’s conference on “Freud’s Jewish World” at the Center for Jewish History, two scholars talked about journalism. Freud lived an upper middle class life in Vienna, and until he fled Nazism as a dying man, he read the…

Sigmund Freud, the Hep-Hep Riots, and the Wimpy Jewish Male

Philip Weiss on

Last week the Yivo Institute co-sponsored a conference on “Freud’s Jewish World.” Many of the speakers brought up an antisemitic incident that Freud related in The Interpretation of Dreams. When Freud was 10 or 12, his father Jacob told him…

Hillary & Bill & Avigdor: Making a Persona Non Grata Grata

Philip Weiss on

Hillary and Bill Clinton met behind closed doors this past weekend with Minister Avigdor Lieberman, among other Israeli officials, at the behest of Brookings’ Saban Center —so JTA reports. Lieberman is a racist. He has supported the expulsion of Arabs…