Is there really a debate over the question, “Is Zionism in Crisis?” Two staunch Zionists, Peter Beinart and Alan Dershowitz, debated this issue at the City University of New York last October, and are now back by someone’s demand. This feels very Potemkin village to me. The followup debate is at CUNY, May 9, but it’s already full:
Following their impassioned fall 2012 conversation, Peter Beinart of the Daily Beast reengages with famed jurist Alan Dershowitz over issues raised in Beinart’s book The Crisis of Zionism. Moderated by Ethan Bronner, former Jerusalem bureau chief for the New York Times.
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Are two staunch Zionists really the poles of the American conversation on a Jewish state? Where are the Palestinians? Where is anti-Zionist Ben Ehrenreich or Max Blumenthal? Don’t they count?
I see the hand of the powers here. Right wing Israel supporter Jeffrey Wiesenfeld is on the CUNY board, of course. And at the first debate last year, the moderator says at the beginning that it’s sponsored in part by the Hertog Foundation, which also funds the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute. Their summary:
In a lively and often raucous discussion, famed jurist Alan Dershowitz and political journalist Peter Beinart debate the topic of Beinart’s provocative new book, The Crisis of Zionism, and the role of Israelis in the creation of the Palestinian state. “Every time Israel subsidizes more Israelis to move to the West Bank we make those Palestinian leaders, who reluctantly accept Israel’s right to exist, look like fools,” said Beinart, an associate professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, who also called for a boycott of Israeli products from beyond its 1967 eastern border. “Peter naively believes that if Israel resolves its problems with the Palestinians, the threat that Israel faces will go away,” said Dershowitz, to the audience at the Perspectives: Conversations on Policy and Place with Peter Beinart series at the Graduate Center. “But they won’t —- the problem is that the vast majority of Muslims don’t see the two-state solution as the answer.”