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New York Times columnist Roger Cohen calls it “important and timely for the future of Israel.” A Jerusalem Post writer says it is “banal” and “brooding,” and “merely parroting a well-known critique.” And the just-named next Jerusalem bureau chief for the Times is already in trouble among some in the Jewish community for praising it.

Peter Beinart’s much-anticipated new book, “The Crisis of Zionism,” is not due out until the end of March, but not surprisingly it is receiving pre-publication accolades and condemnations. (The author is not giving interviews until the book comes out.)

Most of the responses, pro and con, are predictable along political lines since the former New Republic editor is an outspoken critic of current Israeli policy, particularly regarding its treatment of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs.

He set off a major debate in the Jewish community nearly two years ago with his New York Review of Books article, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment,” asserting that young non-Orthodox American Jews, forced to choose between their democratic values and support for Israel, are abandoning the Jewish state.

His new book, to be published by Times Books and launched at the annual national convention of the dovish J Street later this month, goes deeper and further, asserting that the end of “American liberal Zionism” appears near, that “Israel is a democracy only within the Green Line” and that American Jews should call for “delegitimizing Israel’s occupation while legitimizing Israel itself.”

At the center of the book are extended analyses of Barack Obama, whom Beinart calls America’s “first Jewish president,” deeply influenced in his Chicago years by a number of liberal Jewish friends, and Benjamin Netanyahu, described as “Israel’s monist prime minister,” believing in nationalism over morality. In the clash between the two leaders, Beinart maintains that Obama backed down from his efforts to press Israel toward a peace agreement, essentially caving to political concerns.

Perhaps the most eloquent, and stinging, critique of the book comes from Rabbi David Wolpe, who took Beinart to task for “a strutting lack of humility.”

Writing in The Jewish Journal, the rabbi said that while he himself is “no fan of the settlements” and acknowledges that Israel has done “bad, misguided, even terrible things” to the Palestinians, he was outraged at Beinart’s e-mail to J Street members, which the rabbi calls a “parade of self-confident sophistries.” He cites as examples the comparison of the civil rights movement in America with the Palestinian cause, and calling Israel’s treatment of Palestinians — not Iran’s threat to annihilate the Jewish state — the “great Jewish question of the age.”

Upset with Beinart’s certainty, the rabbi asks, “Is there no room for honest dissent?” He accuses the journalist of “demagoguery” and says the e-mail to J Streeters “represents what is wrong with the debate: it is smug in its dismissal of Israel’s leadership and grandiose in presenting one view as the sole salvation of that beleaguered nation’s honor.”

And the book isn’t even out yet.

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03/04/2012 - 06:35
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Folks, Beinart and his fellow travelers close their eyes and cover their ears when it comes to the fighting, brutality, and inequality in the Arab-Islamic countries and Palestinian territories. The people who defend, respect, or admire what is happening in Palestine, Syria, Egypt, etc. are motivated by ideology while ignoring the facts. Israel and Zionism have nothing for which to apologize. Israel is a great success story and a leader for the rest of the world to admire. It is banal to argue that Israel has made some mistakes with the Palestinians. EVERYONE makes mistakes. That is not a thesis around which to write a book. Israel has made some mistakes. So what? Get over it. To compare the barbarism that occurs daily in the Palestinian-Arab- Islamic world with the success story that is Israel is a form of psychopathology.

Netanyahu is a combat veteran who lost his brother at Entebbe. Beinart is a spoiled brat who never had a tough day in his life.

I hate to say this, but Beinart is a liar.
He knows that it was Jordan which occupied the West Bank in 1949 after their failed war of aggression to eliminate Israel. In 1967, Israel took the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem after another attack by Jordan and held it to exchange for peace as provided by UN resolution 242 and 343, which they never got. Palestinian Arabs didn't complain about Jordanian occupation and were not involved in the 1967 or 1973 wars. So Beinart's parroting the radical Arab propaganda accusation that Israel was somehow an aggressive occupier of Palestinians is simply not true.
Israel was obliged under international law to administer the West Bank until the Arab aggressors of 1967 came forward to make peace. Who else could have administered it? There was no Palestinian entity or leadership at the time capable of such a task, with their leader Arafat and the PLO fully dedicated to terrorism against Israelis. And with almost a million Arabs in Israel, why shouldn't some Jews live in the West Bank, especially in light of Israeli security concerns and the fact that Jews had been ethnically cleansed from many sites in pogroms and attacks?
What kind of an illiberal "occupation" was it when Israel founded Palestinian universities, provided excellent health care and a much higher standard of living with thousands of jobs for Palestinians in Israel? Only when their stomachs were full did Palestinian youth violently rise up against Israeli rule, something they never did under Muslim Jordanian rule. After a difficult period, in response, Israel entered into the Oslo accords, very much like UN 242 and 343, which called for peace for Israel in exchange for land and independence in the West Bank and Gaza. Yet all Israel got was more terrorism and after Arafat walked out from Bill Clinton and Barak at Camp David, Israel got an Arafat planned terror war mislabeled intifada II, with thousands of Israeli civilians killed and maimed from suicide bombing and other terror attacks, in spite of absolutely no provocation by Israel. The IDF then had to go back into Palestinian towns, build a fence/wall and institute checkpoints against this Palestinian terrorism war. What Beinart calls Israeli aggression and the loss of liberal Zionism, is unfortunately, a Big Lie, when one looks at the history. Let him prove his nasty false accusation against Israel and the Jewish people.

Say what one will about Beinart’s book, it has certainly succeeded in the getting a lot of pre-publication publicity.

Enclosed my answer to Peter:You Need 2 for Tango
Peter totally ignore the fact that the Palestinians have rejected 6 offers to have a state because their goal is ti eliminate the Jewish state

When Palestinian TV is on, it shows Sesame Street.
When it shows Sesame Street, it shows Bert.
When it shows Bert, it shows it might be OK to be gay.
When it shows it might be OK to be gay, the TV censors come out. 
When the TV censors come out, they get friendly with the Palestinians.
Don’t let your TV censors get friendly with the Palestinians.
Confiscate Palestinian TV.

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