The sharpest intelligence I ever encountered as a journalist, Mike Kinsley, former editor of the New Republic, writing at Bloomberg about Zionist orthodoxy in the establishment:
In the 1980s and 1990s I worked at the New Republic, a fervently pro-Zionist publication. Many’s the night I worked late editing articles I wasn’t sure I agreed with, offering yet one more reason why a Palestinian state was unthinkable. These days the position of Jews in the U.S. and in Israel seems to be something like a resigned shrug. The Palestinians want a state? Two chunks of unconnected territory, one of them controlled by religious maniacs prone to violence, the other ruled by the political heirs of Yasser Arafat? OK, let them have a state, if we can settle other issues like borders and refugees. See how they like it.
The revelation in that is that Kinsley had great autonomy befitting his top-notch ability to reason. Yet: he deferred to militants. Out of some degree of Jewish identification, I venture. Next let’s hear from former New Republic editor Andrew Sullivan.
From Ben Smith’s piece on the divisions inside the Democratic Party-linked thinktank, Center for American Progress. He makes a similar point:
The seams sometimes show in the organization, however. Podesta, who recently stepped down from his longtime position as CAP’s president, “always wanted to stay out of Israel stuff from the beginning, because it’s a no-win issue for them,” a liberal Israel policy thinker and CAP ally said. “They’re obviously a progressive place, but if you want to attract a mainstream Clinton, New Democrat milieu, you can’t really do real progressive Israel stuff.”
Note: neither of these excerpts is about Christian Zionists (I wonder if Andrew Sullivan even knows any Christian Zionists, when he says that they are the basis of the special relationship). These stories are about establishment liberal organizations, and they are the reason I insist on talking about Jewish identity. I’ve often said that preventing a Palestinian state from emerging since the U.N. promised one to indigenous Arabs in 1947 has been an American Jewish achievement. We have never wanted to hear about Palestinian self-determination, and we’re sitting at the door.