Obama Planned "Ambush" of Israel at U.N.? Fat Chance. http://www.obamasmearbusters.com/, September 2009 (co-author with J Street)
Obama’s policy on Jerusalem and the US Consulate is anti-Jewish and anti-Israel? That’s outrageous, http://www.obamasmearbusters.com/, September 2009 (co-author with J Street)
Removing West Bank Israeli settlements is ethnic cleansing? Nonsense. http://www.obamasmearbusters.com/, August, 2009 (co-author with J Street)
President Obama is trying to make the West Bank “Judenrein”? That’s bunk. http://www.obamasmearbusters.com/, August, 2009 (co-author with J Street)
An Open Letter to Abe Foxman: A Response to Obama's Critics on Arab-Israeli Peace, Jewcy, August 1, 2009
Obama's Grand Plan for the Middle East, Jerusalem Report, May 18, 2009, reprinted online in Jewcy
Bibi, Tzipi and Barack: A Chance for Peace?, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom Email & Website, Feb. 13, 2009
Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf: A Remembrance, Chicago Jewish News, Jan. 2, 2009
Barack Obama, A True Friend of Israel, The Jerusalem Report, June 4, 2008. Only two governments on earth are in shock over the newly revealed Israeli-Syrian dialogue: the Iranian regime and the Bush administration. Obama and McCain bring to this pregnant Mideast moment two sharply divergent conceptions of America's place in the world.
Like Bush, McCain Offers Bluster Instead of Good Advice on Iran, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) and Washington Jewish Week, April 16, 2008.
Israel Should Negotiate with Syria, in Amanda Hiber, Editor, Should Governments Negotiate with Terrorists?, At Issue: National Security Series (Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press), June 2008; originally published as “Now May Be the Time to Pry Syria from Terrorist Camp,” The Jewish Chronicle, September 7, 2006.
McCain, Obama and the Middle East: What Conservative Mudslingers Don’t Want You To Know, The Jewish Chronicle, March 13, 2008. A defense of Scrowcroft-Brzezinski ‘realism’ on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Israel, Settlements and the “P” Word, The Jewish Chronicle and www.Ameinu.net, January 15, 2008. Kissinger, Ford, Carter and George H.W. Bush all recognized that constructive, judicious U.S. pressure on both sides is often necessary for successful Arab-Israeli peace-making.
What Bush and Olmert Could Learn from Begin and Sadat: Lessons from the 30th Anniversary of Sadat’s Visit to Jerusalem, The Jewish Chronicle and www.Ameinu.net, December 20, 2007 Contrary to popular opinion, which largely credits Sadat with the breakthrough, it was a far-reaching Israeli peace initiative which preceded Sadat's visit, and made successful Arab-Israeli peace talks possible. The tale is retold here, with a contemporary moral.
Genocide, Morality and American Jews (Published as “Don’t Alienate Ankara”), October 29, 2007, The Jerusalem Post.
AIPAC Hijack: With Friends Like These…, www.Ameinu.net and The Jewish Chronicle, March 20, 2007 (Widely reprinted on the web.) After attending the annual AIPAC National Policy Conference and Executive Committee meeting in Washington as the representative of a major American Jewish organization, I issued a press release on behalf of the organization revealing that AIPAC’s 2007 Action Agenda adopted radical hawkish positions on the Palestinians which would have quashed current Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts, placing AIPAC in sharp opposition to the Bush Administration, the Israeli Government and the Israeli public. (Covered in the Forward, JTA and other publications.)
Are We the New Jews of Silence?, The Jewish Chronicle, February 22, 2007 and www.Ameinu.net Reprinted by the American Task Force for Palestine. An account of my recent visit to Hebron and an appeal to American Jews to support the forces in Israel and the American Jewish community working to encourage an end to settlements which endanger both Israel’s security and its moral standing.
Look Who’s Pressuring Israel, The Jewish Chronicle, January 23, 2007. Response to Wendy Singer, AIPAC Israel director’s 500-word letter in Ha'aretz criticizing my Ha’aretz op-ed, “Wanted: A Moderate Pro-Israel Lobby.” A defense of Track II Syrian-Israeli talks and critique of Bush Administration’s and AIPAC’s positions vis-à-vis US opposition to Track I Syria-Israel negotiations.
Carter's “Palestine”: Badly Flawed with a Large Kernel of Truth, Israel Horizons, Meretz USA Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2007. Earlier versions appeared in online magazines and blogs: Engage, Zionism and Israel News Archives, December 11, 2006, and OpinionSource. Generated favorable press coverage in the Forward. Carter's top 10 misrepresentations reveal a systematic anti-Israel bias and a Manichean view of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In Carter’s world, the onus to make peace falls solely on Israel. Palestinians, for Carter, bear no share of responsibility for forging the conditions necessary for successful peacemaking.
Wanted: A Moderate Pro-Israel Lobby, an op-ed in the English edition of Ha'aretz, Nov. 17, 2006. Critiques the sometimes unhelpful role of AIPAC and the pro-Israel lobby in US Arab-Israel policy from a pragmatic pro-Israel perspective; advocates creation of a new moderate pro-Israel lobby to complement AIPAC. Widely reprinted online, by Israel Policy Forum, American Task Force for Palestine Middle East News World Press Roundup, Daily Kos, and elsewhere.
Convergence Towards Peace, The Forward, June 2, 2006, also published as “Moving Israeli Settlers Behind Wall Isn’t a Barrier to Peace,” Op-Ed, Chicago Sun Times, June 8, 2006. Response to right and far left critics of the Israeli government's West Bank “realignment” plan; advocates a negotiated disengagement.
The 'Israel Lobby' and the Persian Gulf Wars, Viewpoint, the Jerusalem Report, June 12, 2006. A rebuttal to Mearsheimer and Walt’s claim that Israel and the American Jewish “Israel Lobby” steered the US into a disastrous war in Iraq. Of the seven major Persian Gulf oil producing states, only two were not US allies, and instead were leaders of the radical anti-American front in the Arab and Muslim worlds: Iraq and Iran. Both have sought to dominate their Muslim Arab neighbors in the Persian Gulf, and Israel, as Mearsheimer’s own theory of regional hegemony predicts.
Progressive Jewish Perspectives on Divestment from Israel, April 17, 2005. Published by Chicago Presbytery Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Work Group (4,000 words). Critique of Presbyterian divestment from Israel as a counter-productive strategy for advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace. Presented as part of a multi-year dialogue between 4 Chicago Jewish leaders and the Chicago Presbyterian leadership.
Republican Jewish Attack Ads Push Spinning into Sinning, Published by Jews for Kerry, www.JewsforKerry.org, October 25, 2004. 4,000 words. Response to attack ad campaign in the American Jewish press by the Republican Jewish Coalition smearing Democratic presidential candidate Senator John Kerry and the Democratic Party. Discusses Democratic and Republican positions on Israel’s security barrier, targeted killing of terrorists, negotiating with Arafat and other Palestinian leaders, US aid to Israel, anti-Semitism and blaming the Jewish community for the war in Iraq.
Follow ‘West Wing’ Script on Mideast Peace, co-authored with Americans for Peace Now Policy Director Mark Rosenblum, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, September 24, 2004: This op-ed was discussed in a front-page story in the Forward, titled "The Peace Process Marches On...Television, at Least," October 29, 2004. Proposes a formula for the next US president to re-invigorate a Palestinian-Israeli negotiation process under the Roadmap.
On Arafat and the Peace Process, Chicago Tribune, November 16, 2004. Corrects the Chicago Tribune’s misrepresentation of my position on Arafat’s legacy in an article on reactions to his death, which at the same time corrects several widely held misperceptions about the Palestinian leader’s positions at Camp David and relationship to terrorism during the Oslo years.
Israel and the New Anti-Semitism, The Nation (April 12, 2004), 1,200 words, published as “Anti-Semitism: New or Old? An Exchange with Brian Klug.” Reprinted on many websites, translated into German and reprinted in a European political journal. Prompted a three-page attack in Virginia Tilly, The One-State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock (University of Michigan Press, 2005). For my rebuttal to Tilly, see “A Response to Jennifer Tilly,” at Tough Dove Israel.
A Response to the Campaign Against Palestinian Peace Advocate Sari Nusseibeh: An Americans for Peace Now White Paper, September 30, 2002 (3,800 words), published on APN’s website and the subject of a press release, garnered widespread local and international media coverage, including articles in the Jerusalem Post, the Forward, and in other media, at the height of the Palestinian intifada.
What is Zionism? Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State, www.Ameinu.net (2007, 2002), 5,000 words. How Israel can be a Jewish state and a state of equal citizens where the civil, political and economic rights of the non-Jewish Arab minority are accorded fully equal respect. First delivered as a talk at the University of Chicago, “What is Zionism? A Symposium,” co-sponsored by the University’s Human Rights Program and Students for Israel, September 2002.
Mideast Forgiveness: A Reply to Prof. Cherif Bassiouni on International Law and the Definition of Terrorism, Chicago Tribune, August 2, 2001. Argues against politicizing the definition of terrorism and in favor of amnesty (versus criminal prosecution) for Arab-Israeli war crimes to promote conflict resolution and regional stability.
The Canard of Democratic Peace, Viewpoint, Jerusalem Report, September, 25, 2000. Rebuttal to Netanyahu and Sharansky—and subsequently the Bush Administration—view that only democracies can make peace and that therefore the US and Israel should not negotiate with Syria.
Oslo Accord Has Helped Limit Terror Attacks, Letter, New York Times; August 28, 1997. A response to the spurious claims of critics who insist that the rise in terrorism since the Oslo Accords vitiates the value of Arab-Israeli peace agreements.
Jewish Ethics and the Palestinian-Israeli Problem, July-August 1997, Tikkun: A Bi-Monthly Jewish Critique of Politics, Culture and Society, a 6,000 word essay outlining both Jewish and generic moral and pragmatic arguments for the development of Israeli and Palestinian national identities consistent with the duty to promote peace and respect the other; a rebuttal to Jewish fundamentalist religious approaches to ethics and politics.
Are We Now Due for A Stinging Lesson in Scorpion Logic?, a 550-word op-ed length letter in the New York Times, published February 2, 1991, on the eve of Desert Storm. This essay responded to an op-ed by Edward Said comparing Israel's purported violation of U.N. resolutions on the Arab-Israel conflict to Iraq's. At the same time, it offers a just war critique of President George H.W. Bush's failure to sufficiently explore diplomatic alternatives before launching the war.
Books in Progress
The Great Rift: Arab-Israeli War and Peace in the New Middle East, co-author with Prof. Mark Rosenblum
Building on conversations with Israeli, Palestinian and American political leaders and policymakers from the eve of the Lebanon-Gaza wars through their still-unfolding aftermath, this study chronicles the rise and fall of unilateralism as a philosophy of Middle East conflict management. Despite the fatal flaws of unilateralism, the authors show that coordinated unilateral action can reinforce negotiations. The authors make the case that only a regional approach to bargaining with Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinians, the Saudis, the Gulf states, and Iran itself, can lay the groundwork for a more secure political realignment in the Middle East. To prevent the next earthquake, the United States must dramatically change course and lead a diplomatic initiative of a new kind.
The Paradox of Peace: A Jewish Odyssey
Equal parts memoir and political argument, I recount my and my family’s story spanning the founding of Israel through contemporary Arab- and Palestinian-Israeli warfare and peacemaking. Following the saga of Isaac Remba, chief aide to Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the founder of militant Revisionist Zionism, and long-time publicist to Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, I chronicle my father’s life-long battle for peace and security for Israel as a young Haganah fighter, Labor Zionist, American economist and public advocate in Israel and America. I bear witness to a generation of Arab-Israeli peace efforts, in my own work under Prime Minister Begin and Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan during Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s groundbreaking visit to Jerusalem and the negotiation of the Camp David Egyptian-Israeli peace accords, through a quarter century as an American Jewish activist, community leader and progressive Zionist.
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