There has been a lot of discussion on this site about liberal Zionists and Peter Beinart in particular. Liberal Zionists have one thing in common: they ultimately choose ethno-religious preference over what I consider to be the fundamental inviolable principle of equality. But there also is a wide variety of LZ’s, and I have often been enlightened by the honest sort, like Uri Avnery or Jerome Slater, even if we disagree on the nature of an ultimate solution that seems ever more distant.
Case in point: A column by Beinart in Haaretz, in which he demolishes in painstaking detail the Gaza narrative that would win 110% approval in the US Congress and 99 44/100% approval in the mainstream media: Israel withdrew from Gaza as a peace overture; Palestinians responded with terror and the election of Hamas; Hamas violently seized power (please don’t notice the apparent contradiction); Palestinians destroyed the greenhouses generously left behind instead of building an economy around them; the blockade was instituted to protect Israelis from terror; blah blah blah.
Most MW readers are not deceived by this historical record that has been repeated so often and consistently in US political discourse, especially in recent weeks to justify the mass murder of defenseless civilians. But there is a lot of heavy lifting required to expose this narrative for the sham that is, and Beinart has undertaken the task in a thorough and comprehensive manner. True, I would not endorse every single sentence of this essay, but it is well worth reading.