Those who applauded today’s essay
Today seems to be the day that folks sympathetic to Peter Beinart’s big ol’ essay weighed in with their support. Nothing, so far, from The Weekly Standard, or from Beinart’s old boss Marty Peretz, who can be expected to disagree with it strenuously; nothing from AIPAC or the ADL, both of which are cast negatively in the piece. For them, we will have to wait.
• My vote for least-expected response of the day goes to the Orthodox Union. It calls Beinart a “thoughtful and wonderful writer,” thanks him for starting the conversation, and even decides to take his observation that the Orthodox community prioritizes its love for Israel over other commitments, such as liberalism, as “a kind of back-handed compliment.” Er, sorta. The OU does accuse the New York Review of Books of “pernicious anti-Israel hatred.” [Orthodox Union]
• Jeremy Ben-Ami called it “a powerful wake-up call.” [J Street]
• Spencer Ackerman believes that a corollary to Beinart’s essay is that pro-Israel groups will increasingly look to Christian evangelicals for support. [Attackerman]
• Tablet Magazine contributing editor Jeffrey Goldberg says the essay is “analytically valid,” but that its placement in the NYRB is “semi-tragic.” He promises much more in the coming days. [Jeffrey Goldberg]
• Kevin Drum agrees with Beinart’s analysis of demographic trends. [Mother Jones]
• Joe Klein loved it! [Swampland]
• So did Andrew Sullivan! [Andrew Sullivanl]
• Ezra Klein pivots from the essay to argue that it is in Israel’s interests to make peace, as doing so will tamp down the hatred and lower the threats the country faces. [Ezra Klein]
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