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The evolution of Peter Beinart

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May, 2010 to Jeffrey Goldberg (emphasis added in both quotes):

I’m not asking Israel to be Utopian. I’m not asking it to allow Palestinians who were forced out (or fled) in 1948 to return to their homes. I’m not even asking it to allow full, equal citizenship to Arab Israelis, since that would require Israel no longer being a Jewish state. I’m actually pretty willing to compromise my liberalism for Israel’s security and for its status as a Jewish state.

March, 2012 on the Daily Beast:

Zion Square’s mission is to launch a conversation not just about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, not just about the specter of war with Iran, not just about the relationship between Israel and diaspora Jews, not just about Jewish theology and culture, but about the struggle to confront the ethical responsibilities of a world in which Jewish fortunes have radically changed. My own deeply held belief is that that struggle should be guided by the principles of Israel’s declaration of independence, which envisions a Jewish state that ensures “complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.” I believe that such a state can only be achieved through a new commitment to full citizenship for those Palestinians who live within the green line, and through the creation of a Palestinian state beyond it.

A work in progress. How long before Beinart reconsiders his thoughts on the right of return? Or the idea of a Jewish state all together?

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I think his evolution is substantial, most of all in that he seems to have clear sense of fairness–often absent in other two state advocates. Not sure he will go the extra step on ROR– I’m not sure I would either, if I were emotionally any kind of Zionist. But if a two state solution is achievable–a big if, of course, but still more achievable than any other kind of solution–it would be such a… Read more »

“A work in progress.” indeed

There is a phenomena that I have noticed happening amongst progressive Jews involved in this fight of ideas who seem to just wake up one day and realize on a very personal basis that they themselves have become a threat to Zionism – it seems to be a kind of guilt or ‘buyer’s remorse’ when they realize that they themselves are becoming a threat to Zionism and they are perhaps losing more than they ever… Read more »

Beinart is younger and less of an ideological zionist than the rest of the jewish establishment, I would certainly expect nothing less from him since he grew up with some sort of american values, wait that last line is starting to sound ridiculous even to me. just because he is from a younger generation nothing to do with any national values. why do jews of all people want a state that belongs only to one… Read more »

Adam, I can’t resist to return for a little defamation:

Adam Horowitz: How long before Beinart reconsiders his thoughts on the right of return? Or the idea of a Jewish state all together?

Lea Nitwit: as soon as the powers that pay well signal it’s koscher; and that may well be never.

Wasn’t Beinhart an Iraq war supporter? Some kind of Euston manifesto liberal. Only liberals fight the good fights?