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March 26, 2011

Praise for J Street, David Remnick...From Stephen Walt


The J Street Web site may want to update its myths and facts page, a section devoted to attempts to counter charges of anti-Israel activity, malfeasance, dubious fundraising, unsavory associations and the like. The question is how to explain away positive mention from the author of a book deeply hostile to Israel, in the view of some anti-Semitic. Stephen Walt, who himself has trouble with the facts, is marking the five-year anniversary of his The Israel Lobby with pride in the impact it's had. Although he says "we didn't expect groups like AIPAC to dry up and blow away" he's encouraged by other developments. He finds it

gratifying to observe the emergence of J Street, to see groups like Americans for Peace Now and Jewish Voice for Peace become more vocal, and to see writers like Peter Beinart and David Remnick take public stances that are substantially different from ones they might have expressed a few years ago.

Some of those mentioned have always been extreme, but Walt is surely right about David Remnick's shift. The New Yorker editor is far more radical, one-sided and, seemingly, obsessed with scrutinizing and blaming Israel than a few years ago.

Posted by AL at March 26, 2011 09:01 PM


Walt and Mearsheimer's book is a fact-based document. Attempts to smear these distinguished men as "anti-Semites" are now seen as a kind of desperate flailing by people who think they can go on trying to persuade Americans that there is no T-Rex in the room. The Israel Lobby buys and sells our Congress and when it's pointed out screams "anti-Semitism!" like a 2 yr. old without a pacifier.

Posted by: Helen at April 1, 2011 02:07 AM


Posted by: "fact-debased" at April 1, 2011 01:12 PM

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