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Beinart Explains Himself

What AIPAC et al should do

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Your lunchtime listening/viewing is Peter Beinart—he of that essay—and Washington Times reporter Eli Lake duking it out on Bloggingheads.

Below: Lake pushes back against the notion that AIPAC, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and others in the American Jewish establishment have an obligation to publicly criticize Israel more than they already do; Beinart maintains that AIPAC worked against, for example, the 1990s peace process.

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Noah Pollack has a rebuttal to Beinart over at Commentary. Obviously not sympathetic, but well-written.

My audio is broken, so I can’t listen right now, but if AIPAC did indeed oppose the Oslo process, then Beinart’s own argument is undermined; Oslo moved forward, culminating in Arafat’s rejection, ergo, AIPAC doesn’t have that much influence, relative to pro-peace elements in the Jewish community.

Mike M says:

Jonathan Rosenblum, at the Jerusalem Post, really exposes Beinart. Big time!

If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you.

Pretty good post. thanks so much for sharing.

The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod’s. It works well, but isn’t as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that’s not an issue, but if you’re planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod’s larger screen and better browser may be important.


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