Archive for May, 2010


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Beinart’s replies and more

May 25, 2010 | Comments Off on Beinart’s replies and more | Peter Beinart

Ami has two roundups of the responses generated by Peter Beinart’s take on what’s wrong with the Jewish establishment and what he says is its unquestioning support for Israel.

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Beinart Defends His Broadside

May 25, 2010 | Comments Off on Beinart Defends His Broadside | Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart, a journalism professor and the author of the forthcoming book “The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris,” visited the Forward studio to discuss his recent New York Review of Books essay. In the piece, he faults Israel’s government and American Jewish leaders for the alienation from Israel that many young American Jews experience. In this podcast, Larry Cohler-Esses, the Forward’s news editor, asks Beinart about his motivations for publishing the essay, why he thinks it struck a nerve in the blogosphere and whether he believes a two-state solution is still feasible.

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Pro-Israel, with questions: Beinart pins his thesis to the synagogue door

May 25, 2010 | Comments Off on Pro-Israel, with questions: Beinart pins his thesis to the synagogue door | Peter Beinart

Pundit Peter Beinart discusses his recent essay arguing that American Jews are becoming alienated from Israel — and blaming U.S. Jewish groups for refusing to criticize the Israeli government’s perceived rightward shift.

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Obama Delivers Another Clunker

May 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Obama Delivers Another Clunker | Peter Beinart

Obama’s West Point address laid out a smart, serious Afghan strategy placing limits on America’s goals. Not exactly the stirring message needed to lead a nation into battle.
This weekend, for the second time in six months, President Obama flew to West…

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Why Israel Has to Do Better

May 23, 2010 | Comments Off on Why Israel Has to Do Better | Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart, who started a flame war with an essay criticizing Israel’s rightward lurch and American Jews’ failure to call the country out, on how his critics excuse inexcusable behavior.
It has been a week since my essay, “The Failure of the…

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The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment

May 20, 2010 | Comments Off on The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment | Peter Beinart

In 2003, several prominent Jewish philanthropists hired Republican pollster Frank Luntz to explain why American Jewish college students were not more vigorously rebutting campus criticism of Israel. In response, he unwittingly produced the most damning indictment of the organized American Jewish community that I have ever seen.

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Love Israel? Criticize It

May 18, 2010 | Comments Off on Love Israel? Criticize It | Peter Beinart

The Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart, responding to attacks on his recent essay, says those who love Israel as a liberal democratic Jewish state should be furious with the country today-not ignore or explain away its faults.
The prime minister of Israel…

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Obama Stands Up to the Generals

May 17, 2010 | Comments Off on Obama Stands Up to the Generals | Peter Beinart

A new book reports that Obama muscled the Pentagon into accepting a tight timetable for exiting Afghanistan. Peter Beinart on the political risks and rewards in sticking to the deadline.
About a year from now, Washington will witness an epic clash…

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In Defense of the Ivy League

May 13, 2010 | Comments Off on In Defense of the Ivy League | Peter Beinart

Are we really complaining about the college pedigree of the Supreme Court? Peter Beinart on the misguided backlash against Ivy-educated justices.
“There’s about to be a backlash against the Ivy League lock on the court,” explained David Brooks this…

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The Problem With Elena Kagan

May 10, 2010 | Comments Off on The Problem With Elena Kagan | Peter Beinart

Obama’s high-court pick is young, smart, and liberal, and should be confirmed, argues Peter Beinart. But she should apologize for banning military recruitment at Harvard-a major blunder.
So it’s Elena Kagan. Is anyone surprised? I sometimes think…