Folks have been passing around Andrew Sullivan’s attack on the New Republic and its new owner Chris Hughes. Sullivan says he thought the Facebook magnate would end the magazine’s defense of the settlement project.
There was some thought that Chris Hughes might actually bring some air and oxygen to the magazine’s relentlessly predictable coverage of the Middle East, when he bought the magazine from Marty Peretz. Ha!
The full context here is that Chris Hughes’s husband Sean Eldridge has aspirations to go to Congress from upstate New York. And the article in his magazine that Sullivan cites is an important reminder that the Greater Israel lobby (as he has termed it) is very much Democratic Party territory (because there are so many Zionists in the Democratic Party). Sullivan:
from TNR’s Isaac Chotiner to Senator Chuck Schumer:
“Are you worried that your old colleague John Kerry has gotten ahead of himself with these Iran negotiations?”
Seriously. As Schumer is spear-heading a sabotage of the negotiations with Iran, and echoing, word for word, the apocalyptic rhetoric of Bibi Netanyahu, he gets a question like that from a Democratic party magazine. Extra special bonus:
[Chotiner]: Kerry had some pretty harsh comments on Israel the other day.
[Schumer]: Yeah, I saw that. I thought that was a mistake.
This was the mistake: “Kerry said that Israel’s attachment to its settlements shows that the country is ‘perhaps … not really serious’ about wanting peace.”
That’s worth noting in case you ever thought that TNR’s protestations that they oppose West Bank settlements aren’t several courics in weight. …