Why did the neoconservative go to Israel 12 times?

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As an American Jew, I was taught to go all gooey-eyed at the thought of Israel…

David Brooks in a column on his twelfth trip to the Holy Land where he says that the Palestinians are the obstacle to peace and of course says not a word about the occupation.
Most American Jews have never been to Israel. For my part, my parents did not teach me to go "gooey-eyed" at the thought of Israel.
I wish I'd known about this level of Israel-identification when Brooks was writing about WASPs in his Bobos book, or pushing the Iraq war, or dismissing as feverish fantasy Walt and Mearsheimer's belief that the Israel lobby played a role in the Iraq war.

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