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A Lazy Breakdown of “Obama’s Jewish Problem”

Today at The Daily Beast, Peter Beinart writes about President Obama’s “Jewish Problem,” which, for those of you who don’t care to read it, breaks down like this: First paragraph: Asks “What would it take to make American Jewish groups … Read More

By / September 27, 2010

Today at The Daily Beast, Peter Beinart writes about President Obama’s “Jewish Problem,” which, for those of you who don’t care to read it, breaks down like this:

First paragraph: Asks “What would it take to make American Jewish groups admit that an Israeli prime minister is not serious about peace?’

Second paragraph: Beinart says Bibi has “reneged on commitments made by his predecessors,” mentions Nazi Germany (of course.  What piece on Jews would be complete without a mention of Nazi Germany?), mentions again that if you like peace, Netanyahu isn’t your guy.

Fourth paragraph: Starts to get closer to source of Obama’s “Jewish problem”:

“So let’s get this straight. When Netanyahu agrees to a settlement moratorium, it’s a sign of his commitment to peace. And now that he has let the moratorium end? It’s still a sign of his commitment to peace because, as AIPAC now insists, negotiations must proceed without preconditions. It’s back to “the problem isn’t settlements.”

Fifth paragraph: Ah-ha!

“But the problem-or at least a crucial problem-is settlements.”

Beinart then talks for a few more paragraphs, then launches into an impassioned memorial for the fallen Segway honcho who rode his vehicle off a cliff, and died.

Okay, that’s not true: Beinart lays a lot of the blame (again) on American Jewish institutions for not being more critical of Bibi, settlements, and Israel as a whole.

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