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July 2008

Yivo Owes Walt and Mearsheimer an Apology. Or a Stage

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Last fall at the behest of black-shirted Marty Peretz, who promised a “frightening” evening, Yivo, the Yiddish Institute in New York, held a panel on the book The Israel Lobby, called Walt and Mearsheimer: A Critical Response. For nearly two…

‘One Must Be a Jew to Tell the Goyim How To Talk About Israel’–WSJ Editor

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We can’t reform U.S. policy in the Middle East without reforming Jewish identity–because Jews are simply too important in American society, that’s why. And reforming Jewish identity means challenging 1, Jewish parochialism–Is it good for the Jews?–and 2, Jewish exceptionalism–“We…

Let the Dog Wag the Tail

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I turned to J Street this morning to see where they are on Netanyahu’s push for an election in Israel. No comment. AIPAC also is concerned with Iran. Isn’t there a strong American interest in heading off Netanyahu and Shaul…

Give It Up for Joe Klein

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I think I’m missing the point. Joe Klein is on fire, as they say. Here he is letting it rip again on the neocons and apologizing for supporting the Iraq war. Here are Josh Marshall and Jed Lewison standing up…

How Did Doug Feith Become a Ridiculous Figure?

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Great scandal produces great characters. Lucianne Goldberg… Matt Drudge… Gordon Liddy… Ollie North… In spite of his best efforts to rehabilitate himself in print, Douglas Feith is emerging as the neocon fool, par excellence. In the interview I just blogged…

Obama Uses Holocaust Template for Darfur. It Doesn’t Fit

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The third in a series on How to Think About Darfur, by James North: Barack Obama’s big speech in Berlin was generally short on specifics, but he mentioned Darfur twice. He called the conflict “genocide” and later said, “never again.”…

Avnery Says Obama Is Now Hip on East Jerusalem

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Uri Avnery comments on the bulldozer attacks in Jerusalem: From the utterances of the commentators this week, one can gather that they cannot even imagine the anger that accumulates in the mind of a young Arab in Jerusalem throughout the…

Saif Ammous on 10-Year-Old Boy Killed Protesting ‘Separation Wall’

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The Palestinian press reports that a 10-year-old Arab boy was killed by the Israeli Army in Ni’lin, where villagers have been protesting the construction of the “separation wall” on Arab lands. Saif Ammous comments: “Another week, another barbaric Israeli response…

You Can’t Be Too Rich, Too Thin, Or Too Close to the Lobby

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MJ Rosenberg, in a piece on TPM: “There is no political downside to simply going with the lobby on the Middle East. It’s like what Jackie Kennedy said: you can’t be too rich or too thin. In American politics, you…

Dan Fleshler and I Differ Over Identity Politics

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I’ve been agitating about J Street, the alternative lobby to AIPAC. Dan Fleshler has posted a response to me at Realistic Dove. Here it is, then I respond to him: The Israeli-Arab problem is America’s problem. Solving it can and…

Slater: Israel Chose Land, Not Peace

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Today’s Times has an Obama-needs-to-give-Israel-tough-love-to-get-a-two-state solution column by Nicholas Kristof. New historian Jerome Slater sent me his take on the column. I’m going to follow that with my take. Slater: At first glance, Nicholas Kristof’s column in today’s New York…

O’Hanlon of Brookings Sorts Out the Wrong Neocons From the Right Ones

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Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution was a big promoter of the Iraq War (Glenn Greenwald has machicolated him definitively). And today he was on NPR talking about ideology. Reporter Scott Horsley, noting that McCain calls himself an idealist realist,…

‘Mr. Olmert– Tear Down This Wall!’

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Obama’s speech in Berlin was the worst one I’ve ever seen him give. Bland, lifeless, with barely a memorable moment. I guess we’re going to see a lot more speeches like this till the Inauguration. Apparently Obama has to do…