Peter Beinart’s new book, ‘The Crisis Of Zionism,’ is disappointingly one-sided.
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When I asked a well-known journalist with expertise in the Mideast to review Peter Beinart’s new book, “The Crisis Of Zionism,” he first replied that he’d love to but was crushed with deadlines.
When I e-mailed back, asking for suggestions for a knowledgeable reviewer who was relatively objective on the subject — not so easy to find — the journalist replied: “Your alternative is to treat it as the utter piece of $%& it is.”
To say that Mort Zuckerman is pessimistic about the Arab-Israeli conflict is a mild understatement. Speaking as a panelist at a forum last week on the lessons of the intifada, the publisher, real estate magnate and probable next chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations said “we are headed toward an extraordinarily difficult time,” the “most dangerous period since the 1973 war.”
Zuckerman predicted “the violence will escalate until something happens on the Arab side” to make it stop.
Even as the Bush administration weighs how to deal with Yasir Arafat, New York’s two U.S. senators blamed him completely for the current Mideast violence and asserted Sunday that America stands firmly with Israel, equating Washington’s war on terrorism with Israel’s struggle against the Palestinians.
Petra, Jordan — At a conference here one day last week I had informal, friendly chats with more than a dozen people, including an American Nobel laureate in chemistry; a young man from Saudi Arabia in full native dress who is a student at MIT; the former headmaster of the New England prep school that King Abdullah II of Jordan attended (who is now, at the request of the king, heading a new boarding school in Jordan modeled after the American one); a British expert on mapping the mind; and a veteran columnist for Al-Hayat, a major Arab daily owned by the Saudis.