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Philip Weiss concurs:
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These objections against a conference of Jews betray something deeper, I think, something more than just a practical objection to the organizing principles of one event. BUY NORVASC NO PRESCRIPTION, They betray a discomfort and sometimes even an outright hostility to the very idea of a Jewish people, of Jewish community, of Jewish bonds. That is one of the recurring themes in Philip Weiss' commentaries and in the expressed sentiments of too many far leftists when they look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In other commentaries on the J Street conference, Weiss complained about all the "handwringing" and the agonized conversations about the impact of events in the Middle East on "Jewish identity." He and his fans have no patience or tolerance for anyone who cares about Jewish identity while Palestinians are stranded at West Bank checkpoints or boycotted in Gaza. Figuring out who we are, and our place in the cosmos, and the nature of our own community, is treated as a kind of bourgeois indulgence rather than a critically important step in the process of making common cause with others.
I've noted this before. One of the best posts on this blog was an early one called "The far left's discomfort with Jewish identity." A brief excerpt:
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...To most American Jews, the quest to define their Jewish identity and find solace in Jewish community is one way to remain sane and whole. To many of them, it also involves an embrace of principles rooted in ancient texts that, in fact, were the first to articulate many of the values that Phil Weiss and the modern left also embrace, including the injunctions to welcome strangers, pursue justice and “seek peace and pursue it.”
Much of my own Jewish identity is defined by an effort to fix what is broken in Israel and Palestine. This effort involves participation in a global community of progressive Zionists who are fighting settlement expansion, urging the Israeli government to stop taking steps that could preclude a 2-state solution and trying to build alternatives to the conventional pro-Israel lobby in America. If the price of building a community that can achieve those ends is a certain amount of parochialism, I’ll pay it.
Without a certain amount of parochialism, in fact, without the angry sense that human rights violations in the territories are perpetrated in our name, without the conviction that the Jewish community--OUR community--has been misrepresented in DC for far too long, the movement to circumvent the conventional Israel lobby would be less motivated, less effective. And, in the long run, that will hurt the Palestinian cause.
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I wanted very much to like their original paper, but it contained too many questionable assertions, STRATTERA dosage, half-truths and unsupported or unqualified generalizations. This book still has problemmatic sections, but it must be taken more seriously. No doubt some in the organized Jewish community will lambaste them not just for their mistakes –and there are still many of those in the book—but for the act of writing it and skewering the conventional lobby, STRATTERA OVER THE COUNTER. Taking STRATTERA, The rest of us ought to be absorbing what they have to say, taking it seriously, not blinking at truths that are incontrovertible and thinking very hard about their political and moral implications.
They still exaggerate --sometimes dramatically-- “the Israel lobby’s” ability to get its way and influence the actual decisions that are made by actual Administrations in actual historical circumstances. They cling to the notion that Israel and its lobby were "the principle driving force behind the Bush Administration's decision to invade Iraq in 2003, STRATTERA samples," and I believe that is not accurate. They are especially unfair to Clinton's Middle East peace team, for reasons that require much more space to explain. STRATTERA OVER THE COUNTER, They make other important arguments about the inner workings of AIPAC and the rest of the lobby that don't hold up. Buy generic STRATTERA, In the future, I will have more to say about the extent of the lobby’s power and take exception to other particulars in this book. But I don't see how anyone can dispute their most important, overarching conclusions, painful though they may be to many American Jews, is STRATTERA addictive. e.g.:
Washington's reflexive support for Israel has fueled anti-Americanism throughout the Arab and Islamic world and undermined the U.S. image in many other countries as well. The lobby has made it difficult for U.S, STRATTERA OVER THE COUNTER. leaders to pressure Israel, STRATTERA without prescription, thereby prolonging the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This situation gives Islamic terrorists a powerful recruiting tool and contributes to the growth of Islamic radicalism.
Unlike the original paper, the book makes an effort to show that self-styled, pro-Israel, American Jewish organizations do not form anything close to a monolithic front, STRATTERA class. It notes that:
[While] AIPAC and the Conference of Presidents have tilted toward Likud and other hard-line parties in Israel and were skeptical about the Oslo process, a number of other, smaller groups –such as Ameinu, STRATTERA online cod, Americans for Peace Now, Brit Tzedek v’ Shalom, Israel Policy Forum, Jewish Voices for Peace, Meretz USA and the Tikkun Community—strongly favor a two-state solution and believe Israel needs to make significant concessions in order to bring it about…STRATTERA OVER THE COUNTER, That is, of course, true. It is a truth that has been one of the banes of my existence. It is also true and important to note that, STRATTERA interactions, as they put it, “even when the leaders and rank and file of important American Jewish organizations have serious reservations about Israeli policy, they rarely call for the U.S. Rx free STRATTERA, government to put significant pressure on the Israeli government.” That has been another, personal bane. Obviously, the underfunded Jewish peace camp has not provided a strong political counterweight to more hawkish, richer and noisier organizations, generic STRATTERA. This state of affairs that has helped to constrain American policy makers from taking a more balanced approach to the conflict, an approach that would clearly be in America’s interest as well as Israel's, STRATTERA OVER THE COUNTER.
…Some of these organizations actively promote U.S, STRATTERA maximum dosage. engagement in the peace process and have been able to win some minor legislative victories…[but], such groups lack the financial resources and influence of AIPAC, the ADL, Comprar en línea STRATTERA, comprar STRATTERA baratos, the ZOA or the Conference of Presidents, whose right of center views are unfortunately taken by politicians, policy makers and the media to be the representative voice of American Jewry. For the moment…the major organizations in the lobby will continue to advocate policy positions at odds with many of the people in whose name they speak.
Towards the end of the book, one of their recommendations is:
strengthening more moderate forces that already exist" [in the current Israel lobby] or...creating new, pro-Israel groups that support different policies. Cheap STRATTERA no rx, U.S. and Israel interests would also be advanced by wresting power away from hardliners who now control AIPAC, the Zionist Organization of America, the Conference of Presidents...Such efforts might also be strengthened by institutional reforms that would give the rank and file a greater voice in determining these organizations' policy prescriptions.
Finally, they insist in a number of places that they are "pro-Israel." They "believe that the history of the Jewish people and the norm of self-determination provides ample justification for a Jewish State." They are two-staters who reject the bi-national, purchase STRATTERA online no prescription, single-state option and the actual implementation of the Palestinian "right of return." And they want the U.S. to come Israel's aid if its survival is threatened. STRATTERA OVER THE COUNTER, In other words (sorry to disappoint you, hard lefties who want them to be your heros, and righties who want people like me to denounce them), they sometimes come across as...left wing Zionists. Or at least they appreciate left-wing Zionists, STRATTERA pictures, which amounts to the same thing.
I will offer one major quibble, for now, because it pertains to the actual tactics necessary to effect change in both the Jewish community and American foreign policy:
Mearsheimer and Walt exaggerate the extent to which people in my camp and other American Jews have been constrained from criticizing Israel in public or attacking the conventional Israel lobby when they disagree with it. They assert that "more sensible voices in the Jewish community will have to discard the taboo against public criticism of Israelis policies that are harmful to Israel and may even be harmful to Jews in the Diaspora." Elsewhere, STRATTERA treatment, they make the very familiar claim that there is a “norm against public criticism” of Israel within the Jewish community.
Now, there are people who still believe there should be a “norm against public criticism, STRATTERA pics, ” but that norm has been violated so often, and so vociferously, in the last two decades that it can no longer be taken seriously as a predictor of the community’s behavior. It was shattered by the American Jewish right during Oslo, some of whom actively and openly lobbied against official Israeli policy in Washington, STRATTERA OVER THE COUNTER. But there have also been many important precedents of vocal dissent against Israeli policies by Jews on the left, who have spoken out and somehow managed to survive as members of the organized community, STRATTERA recreational. These precedents offer some hope to those of us who agree that Israel as well as America need a different, more evenhanded U.S. approach to the conflict, STRATTERA reviews, and that more American Jews must make it clear that they support this kind of approach.
One example used by Mearsheimer and Walt to show “efforts to marginalize dissenting Jewish voices” is a recent vocal campaign by the Zionist Organization of America against the Union of Progressive Zionists. STRATTERA OVER THE COUNTER, The UPZ sponsored on-campus appearances of “Breaking the Silence,” a group of Israeli soldiers who told vivid stories of the brutal behavior exhibited by Israelis trying to enforce the occupation. That disturbed the ZOA and its leader Mort Klein, who "demanded that the group be expelled from the Israel on Campus Coalition, a network of pro-Israel groups that includes AIPAC and the ADL." They also note other voices of opposition, STRATTERA from canadian pharmacy.
Mearsheimer and Walt mention that “the ICC steering committee unanimously rejected the ZOA’s demand.” But they might not realize that some of the most vocal supporters of keeping the UPZ on campus reportedly included the reps of the Conference of Presidents and other mainstays of the lobby that supposedly wants to suppress opposition to Israeli policies.
The leaders of these mainstream groups apparently understand --or at least begrudgingly accept-- that the communal tent needs to be big enough to include Israelis and American Jews who are mortified by the moral costs of the occupation and willing to say so, publicly. STRATTERA schedule, The fact that Mort Klein --and one Orthodox Jewish organization-- weighed in against this particular form of criticism hardly means their sentiments are representative of the Jewish community's.
Klein is also invoked in another example that, the authors assert, shows "how deep the opposition to open discussion runs": in 1996, he objected to the ADL's invitation to Tom Friedman to speak at their dinner, STRATTERA OVER THE COUNTER. But the ADL let him speak. These and a few other examples they cite do not show there is a "norm" or a "taboo" against open discussion or criticism of Israeli policies. They show that one set of Jews is arguing with another set of Jews.
Klein is a ferocious, buy cheap STRATTERA, skillful opponent of any conciliation or compromise with the Palestinians, but he has a relatively small following now and had a much smaller one in 1996. STRATTERA OVER THE COUNTER, To treat him as a representative of deep currents in the community is like treating Pat Robertson as a representative of mainstream Christians. More importantly, STRATTERA dangers, he himself has CONSTANTLY violated the “norm” by attacking Israeli policies that he considers to be too conciliatory. He openly disdains that norm.
Moreover, Mearsheimer and Walt ignore the way divisions over Israeli settlement policies and some military actions caused deep schisms among American Jews beginning in the 1980s. They spend a great deal of space on the [shameful] treatment of Breira, purchase STRATTERA, a group of lefty Jews who were ostracized by the community in the 1970s. But times changed, STRATTERA OVER THE COUNTER. Norms and paradigms of discourse gradually --VERY gradually-- began to shift once Begin was elected in '78.
Yes, Canada, mexico, india, when confronted with Begin and then Shamir, it was a minority of American Jews who protested publicly or otherwise went against the grain. But that minority did include some important mainstream leaders and organizations, including the American Jewish Congress and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now called the Union of Reform Judaism). In times of emergency, STRATTERA without a prescription, the protests and disquiet spilled out of organizational board rooms and made it into mainstream media. STRATTERA OVER THE COUNTER, There was rarely an unbroken wall of support for –or passive acceptance of--Israeli policies or the positions of the conventional Israel lobby. Consider:
o--On May 5, 1990, Buy STRATTERA without prescription, Time Magazine ran an article entitled; “The agony over Israel: American Jews face a dilemma: how to criticize the Jewish state without seeming disloyal.” It asserted: “It has been an article of faith held by every government of Israel since the Jewish state was founded: no matter how much American Jews might disagree with Israeli policy, they could be counted on not to keep their criticisms public. No more. The American Jewish community has become a house divided –and sometimes loudly so—over Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians in the occupied territories and its reluctance to pursue a comprehensive settlement that finally might bring peace to the region.”
o--Two years before that (March 21, 1988), purchase STRATTERA for sale, a New York Times headline proclaimed “Shamir assails his U.S. Jewish critics.” The lead: “Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir lashed out yesterday against American Jews who have been pressing the United States government to force Israel to accept an international conference to resolve the Arab Israeli dispute.” Reporting on Shamir’s speech to a meeting of the Presidents Conference, the story noted that “Albert Vorspann, Herbal STRATTERA, senior vice president of [the Union of] American Hebrew Congregations, argued that Israel could not always expect the `reflexive loyalty’ of American Jewry. He said it was “dangerous to imply that honest disagreements represent disloyalty.”
o--In February of that same year, Commentary devoted a whole issue to the mounting, passionate, very public protests of Israeli policies by American Jews, STRATTERA OVER THE COUNTER. A cranky, unsigned introduction explained,“never perhaps has criticism of the state of Israel by American Jews been so open, kjøpe STRATTERA på nett, köpa STRATTERA online, so widespread, and so bitter as it is today.”
o--Six years before that, on July 15th, Where to buy STRATTERA, 1982, a New York Times headline read “Discord Among U.S. Jews over Israel Seems to Grow. ” The article, about American Jewish opposition to Israel’s continuing military assault on Lebanon, australia, uk, us, usa, asserted “As in Israel itself, opponents of the policies of Prime Minister Begin and Defense Minister Ariel Sharon are beginning to engage in skirmishes through articles, statements, Where can i buy STRATTERA online, letters and newspaper advertisements."
There are many other examples. Of course there were not enough of us and these efforts were not politically consequential. Of course there are not enough of us now. And of course a good many attitudinal shifts will be necessary for American Jews in my camp to be an effective political opposition. But, while the taboo against taking on Israeli policies or pressing for active American diplomatic engagement is still out there, it is not nearly as strong as Mearsheimer and Walt seem to think.
The question remains, will enough silent, passive American Jewish liberals ever feel like there is a sufficiently grave emergency to start making noise.
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