Archive for June, 2007

My speech on candor, Israel, and the rhetoric of the far left

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

By now, readers of this blog know that I was part of a panel discussion on “How To Talk Candidly About Israel” at the Steven Wise Free Synagogue in New York City, June 21st, 2007. I was on a panel with Anne Roiphe and the Philip Weiss. The moderator was JJ Goldberg. I have posted […]

Jerusalem dispatch: A sliver of hope for the Arab League peace plan?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

People on the Americans for Peace Now Board are in Israel. Ori Nir, their spokesperson, is sending interesting dispatches, some of which appear on their web site: www.peacenow.org. Below is a dispatch that gets into some of the nuances of the policies being considered in Israel in light of the recent disaster in the Gaza […]

So where were American Jews as Gaza collapsed?

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

In light of recent events, it is heartbreaking to recall both the hope that was generated when Abbas initially took over the Palestinian Authority and the role of the U.S. government –abetted by AIPAC– in dashing that hope.

Are Jews not supposed to talk to other Jews about the Israel lobby?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Concerns have been raised on this blog and others –and in private communications to me– about the panel discussion I’m participating in: “How to Talk Candidly About Israel — A Conversation Among Progressive Jews.” As noted on the previous post, Philip Weiss, Anne Roiphe and JJ Goldberg will be joining me on June 21st at […]

How to talk candidly about…the Israel lobby

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Much has been written and broadcast about the nature of the public conversation on Israel. Not much has dealt with a more difficult topic: how to discuss the “Israel lobby” in the U.S. in a manner that: is accurate; is productive; does not provide fuel to the people who are yearning for proof of the […]