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Sundown: FBI Suspected AIPAC of Spying

Plus Rivers crosses Palin and lives to tell about it, and more

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• The FBI was investigating full-blown espionage in its probe of AIPAC. [Washington Times]

• A letter bomb scare—which turned out to be false—caused the evacuation today of a branch of an Israeli bank in midtown Manhattan. [JTA]

• A Joan Rivers joke about Sarah Palin cost Joan Rivers a booking on Fox News, says Joan Rivers. [Arts Beat]

• New Yorkers! Go, tonight, to see Nextbook Press author David Lehman and novelist Rick Moody discuss Bob Dylan at the 14th Street Y. [Nextbook Press]

• A hodgepodge of journalists and ex-officials, including Peter Beinart, Andrew Sullivan, and Chas Freeman, signed a letter calling on the United States to support the Palestinians’ U.N. draft resolution condemning settlements. [Ben Smith]

• This article about the neighborhood of Murray Hill and its inhabitants is the most Jewish article that doesn’t explicitly refer to Jews ever written. [NYT]

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict in pop, 3.5-minute form.

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I’m looking forward to Peter Beinart’s next book, “Disregard Everything I Said Previously”.

Peter Beinart, Andrew Sullivan, Chas Freeman and friends continue a long history of hatred of Israel – nothing new here.

What’s funny is that if those preening idiots were actually interested in furthering Palestinian goals, rather than being Important Public Intellectuals Who Sign Petitions, they wouldn’t get anywhere near Obama, who is trying to mend fences with Jewish Americans. They are radioactive.

Danny Steinmetz says:

The quality of insults is pathetic. So you are knee jerk defenders of Israel. At least give us some good ideas or wit.

I’ll reserve my wit for intelligent company, and remarks like yours obviate the need for insults. Peter Beinart wrote a book advocating just wars in the name of liberalism, and then followed it up with a sequel denouncing American militarism, without for a second offering up any kind of mea culpa or gesture of humility after grave error. Chas Freeman is a windup Saudi toy who waxed enthusiastic about “The Israel Lobby”, whose claims about Arab interests were utterly belied by wikileaks cables. Andrew Sullivan makes the case against himself more eloquently than I’ll bother to here.

I’ve been a peacenik for two decades, and my principles, and pocketbook, haven’t changed. But I cannot abide, and nor should you, posturing for the sake of popularity, especially when it dallies with antisemitism.

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