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January 2007

Dual Loyalty: Why Did a Neocon Vote in Both Israel and U.S.?

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When attacking the ideology of the neoconservatives, the big enchildada is dual loyalty: in their hearts, do they feel allegiance to Israel? Gabriel Schoenfeld of Commentary Magazine said that this was the clear thrust of Walt and Mearsheimer’s paper, they…

Arendt’s Foresight

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Brooklyn College’s Corey Robin has a fascinating piece in the latest LRB about Hannah Arendt, treating three objections that Arendt, who was sympathetic to Zionism, formed in the ’40s to certain currents of Zionist ideology. Now that Israel has elevated…

Norah O’Donnell Sees Israel Lobby Behind Carter Row

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Norah O’Donnell on MSNBC just now did a very aggressive job of interviewing Steve Berman, one of the Jews who resigned from the Carter Center advisory board in protest of Carter’s book. O’Donnell asked whether he had been “lobbied” by…

When They Sandbag Jimmy Carter, Jewish Leaders Deny the Facts

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Last night 100 progressive people, almost all Jewish (one wore Muslim head covering), crowded the Village Temple in New York to learn about conditions in the Occupied Territories. The speakers were a former Israeli soldier and a former Palestinian resistance…

Walt and Mearsheimer as Scholars of Jewish History

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One thing that Walt and Mearsheimer do in their rebuttal is to list the large number of policymakers, including Jews like Feith, Perle, Wurmser and Wolfowitz (I would add Abrams), who are “deeply committed” to Israel and helped get us…

Walt and Mearsheimer Rebut (and Humble) Their Critics

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I’ve just gotten a copy of a 79-page paper called “Setting the Record Straight: A Response to Critics of ‘The Israel Lobby'” by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. The scholars began circulating the rebuttal privately in December but have not…

Chris Matthews Mainstreams Another Yiddish Word

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On tonight’s Hardball, Matthews described the neoconservative idea of invading Iraq as “facocked.” This is a Yiddish word meaning completely screwed up. One of my non-Jewish wife’s most-useful acquisitions, it seems to be acculturating—following yenta, schlemiel, nudge, and schlep. I…

Virulent Anti-Carterism Sweeps Country

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Patrick O’Connor of Palestine Media Watch has an interesting quantitative analysis on the latest exponent of anti-Carterism: Ethan Bronner, who reviewed Jimmy Carter’s book in a predictable manner in yesterday’s NYT. Bronner has written 18 articles on Israel and Palestine…

Does Obama’s Being Half-Black Make Him More Acceptable?

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Yes, Barack Obama is black, but he’s really only half-black—”[my father] was black as pitch, my mother white as milk,” he says in his autobiography. I think this may make him more acceptable as a presidential candidate. It’s not strictly…

How Two Jewish Publishers Who Privately Opposed Zionism Folded

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In her 1997 autobiography, the late Katharine Graham of the Washington Post described her father as an assimilating Jew who didn’t talk about his Jewishness to his Episcopal-church-going children. He was “involved in Jewish charities, causes, and international issues. “He…

Jimmy Carter Gains Support From (the Great) Siegman

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Henry Siegman has again and again proved a leader on the Israel/Palestine issue. His review of Jimmy Carter’s apartheid-in-Palestine book in the Nation offers breathtaking relief from the smear campaign against Carter. His piece concludes with an explanation of Carter’s…

Iphigene Sulzberger Reconciled Jewishness and Intermarriage

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Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger, who died at age 97 in 1990, has a place in American Jewish history. Her grandfather, Isaac M. Wise, founded the first Jewish seminary in the U.S., the Hebrew Union College. Her father, Adolph Ochs, bought the…

R.W. Apple Socialized With Liberal Dems

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R.W. Apple’s 12/5 memorial service at the Kennedy Center, lately rebroadcast on C-Span, was a good look at the social ways of powerful journalists. Apple seems to have socialized—surprise—on the Democratic lib/left. A eulogist, the powerful corporate lobbyist Anne Wexler,…

The Haunting of Paul Wolfowitz. Why Stop With Him?

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The LA Times honorably tries to get Paul Wolfowitz, former deputy DefSec, to cop to his grievous errors about Iraq. In an email, Wolfowitz offers the Times his usual garbage-excuse on why he can’t talk about it: I would like…

Is ‘The Forward’ Supporting Dual Loyalty?

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The Forward prints a frontpage article about the UN and Israel that characterizes support for Israel as the “national liberation movement of the Jewish people” (penned by Eve Epstein, a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary). I’m confused by this….

The Dark Side of Gerald Ford’s Legacy: the Peace Corps Murder

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Deborah Gardner Let’s add one thing to Gerald Ford’s legacy: the greatest scandal in Peace Corps history, the freeing of a murderer to save the image of the agency, and to try to preserve Pres. Ford’s reelection hopes in ’76….