Curing the Israel estrangement syndrome

Peter Beinart’s recent essay denouncing the “American Jewish establishment” is drawing a great deal of controversy not for what it says — attacks on the pro-Israel community in the New York Review of Books are a dime a dozen — but for who wrote it. The New Republic, which Beinart used to edit, is not ...

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Peter Beinart's recent essay denouncing the "American Jewish establishment" is drawing a great deal of controversy not for what it says -- attacks on the pro-Israel community in the New York Review of Books are a dime a dozen -- but for who wrote it. The New Republic, which Beinart used to edit, is not known for producing writers who pen harsh criticisms of the Israel lobby, much less ones claiming , "Morally, American Zionism is in a downward spiral."

 Read more.

Peter Beinart’s recent essay denouncing the “American Jewish establishment” is drawing a great deal of controversy not for what it says — attacks on the pro-Israel community in the New York Review of Books are a dime a dozen — but for who wrote it. The New Republic, which Beinart used to edit, is not known for producing writers who pen harsh criticisms of the Israel lobby, much less ones claiming , “Morally, American Zionism is in a downward spiral.”

 Read more.

James Kirchick is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of “The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age.” Twitter: @jkirchick

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