The Great Debate: Beinart v. The American Jewish Establishment, A Preview
11/29/2010 - 15:36

In preview of tomorrow night's debate at the 92nd Street Y featuring Peter Beinart, I'll engage in a small bit of self-promotion.  My story in last week's paper profiled Beinart, whose essay attacking American Jewish leadership for failing to attract young American Jews to support Israel created a firestorm this spring.  If you cannot make the debate (at 8:15 pm Tuesday night) I hope my story catches you up on the discussion's general parameters.

I spoke with Steven J. Rosen, the former AIPAC lobbyist who'll be on the panel, so you'll get a glimpse of conservative critiques of Beinart.  But they'll be more sides of the debate represented on the panel as well, including the Wall Street Journal's deputy editorial page editor Bret Stephens, the New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, and The New Yorker's George Packer, who'll moderate.

Here's a bit more prep in case you go:

Beinart's original essay, which started the who'll debate back in May.

A transcript of an earlier debate between Beinart and Rosen on NPR.

Statistical and liberal critiques of Beinart's essay.

Abraham Foxman's letter to the edtior of the New York Review of Books.

A small sampling of Roger Cohen's columns on Israel.

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