My family and are taking a much needed vacation and will be cruising up Alaska’s Inside Passage until Aug. 24th. I’ve been advised to forget about the Middle East, American Jews, redefining Zionism, the plight of Israel’s Arabs, the pro-Israel lobby and my career…I may well ignore this advice from time to time and send a few missives. Regardless, look for commentary inspired by calving glaciers and brown bears upon my return.
Before his controversial book used the “A-word” (apartheid), I never understood the reflexive, visceral hostility harbored for Jimmy Carter in the mainstream American Jewish community. He made a good many political mistakes early in his admnistration, using code words like “Palestinian homeland” and almost casually intimating that the U.S. and Israel should deal with the […]
Philip Weiss and I have been communicating after he attacked J Street on MondoWeiss. A good many issues were broached, but one of his arguments is that J Street ought to be appealing to a much broader constituency than American Jews who feel some attachment to Israel. Some of his acolytes, true to form, said […]
I have found a rare commodity: a kindred spirit in the blogosphere. “Jerry Haber” is the nom de plume of an Israeli professor whose provocative blog, “The Magnes Zionist,” wrestles bravely with the same issues I am trying to address. Both of us were recently plugged by Mobius in his indispensable “JewSchool.” Judah Magnes, as […]