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What Is Elliott Abrams’s Interest in the Two-State Solution?

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Last night I went to a Brit Tzedek event–two-state solution progressive Zionists–at an Upper West Side synagogue. More to say later, I’m traveling, but I wanted to note one statement that was made. A guest speaker, Gershon Baskin, an Israeli…

My Dinner Partner Hates Israel

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Last night my wife and I went to a sophisticated dinner party in the Hudson Valley. Pheasant, a lavish cheese plate with dessert. There was grace before the meal; thank god no reference to Jesus Christ. A very liberal crowd….

Arafat at Camp David, From New Historian Jerome Slater

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More on Arafat’s supposed intransigence. In summer 2001 Jerome Slater published this article in the Political Science Quarterly demonstrating that Arafat had repeatedly sought to make a peace with Israel and that the best he’d gotten was an offer at…

What Will Bill’s Role Be in a Hillary Presidency?

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It seems like a big part of the Clintons’ sell is, Elect Hillary and you will once again have the great times that Bill gave you in the 90’s. Sort of antifeminist, isn’t it? But it raises some important journalistic…

…And Obama’s Like Reagan, Not Stevenson

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On that note, I’d point out that Ronald Reagan ran to the right of President Gerald Ford for the Republican nomination in 1976; and we in the mainstream all called Reagan an extremist. Reagan lost and we said, Good riddance….

I Know Why Bill Clinton Is So Angry and Bitter

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Yesterday Bill Clinton smeared Obama by saying it would be great to have a general election between two people who love their country and are devoted to its interests, Hillary and McCain. Clinton is acting like Joe McCarthy, says a…

Is the Israel Lobby Splintering at the Edges?

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Yesterday the Israel Policy Forum called on Secretary Rice to “engage Hamas” so as to keep the peace process alive and protect American interests in the Middle East. The statement was evenhanded. It spoke of “deaths and suffering” on both…

Matthews: ‘I Want to Know Everything’ About Politics/Religion

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I need to restrain my enthusiasm about Chris Matthews. He’s my go-to guy for politics, he’s both brilliant and streetsmart (though his self-indulgent streak–lately he’s been airing clips of his dancing on Ellen DeGeneres’s show, two nights in a row–is…

Breakfast at the Waldorf With the Clintonite Israel Lobby

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Yesterday I got a free, fancy breakfast and then a free fancy lunch from supporters of Israel. But the two approaches were very different and signal a fracture in American politics around the Middle East. Breakfast was at the Waldorf…

Is Obama Already President?

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For a while today Yahoo had Obama’s thoughts on the NCAA tournament as its top story. Even Obama trivia is great copy; he’s glamorous and surprising and goodlooking and a true leader. What with his electrifying speech on race the…

How Long Will It Take to Renew My Passport?

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I’m cheap so on March 5 when I mailed my old passport to Philadelphia to be renewed, I didn’t pop for the $60 expediting fee. Just paid the $75 renewal fee–taking a chance that I wouldn’t get the thing back…

Is McCain Courting Jewish Voters or Dollars?

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On NPR’s All Things Considered tonight, Eric Westervelt put forward the usual conflation of Jewish votes and Jewish money in the American presidential campaign. John McCain’s 2-day trip to Israel was aimed at “courting Jewish voters in the U.S.,” Westervelt…

Obama’s Speech Wasn’t About Race. It Was About Leadership

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Admit it: This has been the most magnificent campaign of our lives. Entertaining, uplifting, full of surprise and great characters. Who will ever forget Mike Huckabee or Ron Paul. And today it outdid itself. Obama’s speech on race was stunning….

Correction Re ‘Breaking the Silence’

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Mikhael Manekin of Breaking the Silence has written to say that the Harvard Hillel director’s statement that IDF soldiers were to accompany all visitors to the exhibit at Harvard of photos from the occupation is not true. We would never…

Ding-Dong, The Neocons Are Dead

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Tony Karon has a fine post on the fact that Dick Cheney’s saber-rattling over Iran is meaningless. Bush won’t attack Iran. David Wurmser also said as much in his speech to Middle East Forum 10 days ago, poorly attended. Let…