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Frankly, Scarlett, You Should Give a Damn

February 6th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg … and my latest column is also up @theprospect: Outside of being celebrities and having Jewish mothers, Benjamin Netanyahu and Scarlett Johansson aren’t usually thought of having a lot in common. But they’ve been displaying another shared quality of late: the ability to act clueless about the suddenly snowballing economic boycott of Israeli […]

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What Truman Got Wrong About a Jewish State

February 6th, 2014 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas, Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg My review of John Judis’s “Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict” is now online at The American Prospect: On May 12, 1948, President Harry Truman convened a tense Oval Office meeting. In less than three days, Britain would leave Palestine, where civil war already raged between Jews and […]

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Avigdor Lieberman Smiles at John Kerry. Be Suspicious

January 10th, 2014 · No Comments · Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg My new column is up at The American Prospect: On Sunday morning it seemed that Israeli scientists, or perhaps John Kerry, had learned how to do personality transplants. The first operation was reserved for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, heretofore the growling voice of unreconstructed Israeli ultra-nationalism. “I want to express my true appreciation […]

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Is This Freedom Road?

December 20th, 2013 · No Comments · Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg Photo by Gershom Gorenberg My new column is up at The American Prospect: They simply left. As soon as they got the chance, the refugees from Darfur and other parts of Sudan and from Eritrea walked out of the guarded camp in the Negev desert and marched north in bitter winter weather toward […]

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The psychology behind Netanyahu’s fury: Agreement Anxiety Disorder

November 25th, 2013 · No Comments · Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg My new column is up at The American Prospect: To explain Benjamin Netanyahu’s frenzied reaction to the Geneva agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, let me begin with the stack of brown cardboard boxes under my wife’s desk. Each of the five cartons contains a gas mask and related paraphernalia for a member of […]

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That’ll Be the Day — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

November 8th, 2013 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas, Politics and Policy

Haim Watzman The American ambassador wearily removed a cleaning cloth from the black case he’d placed on the prime minister’s desk. He shook it open, gazed sadly at the dust that danced in the beam of the ceiling light, puffed on his lenses, and rubbed the cloth over them. Holding his glasses up to the […]

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In Catalonia, a Warning on One-State Solutions

October 13th, 2013 · No Comments · Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg My latest column at The American Prospect debunks new and old arguments that a one-state solution will work because nationalism is dead: From the balconies above the narrow stone-paved streets of Girona hung gold-and-red striped flags. A blue triangle and white star adorned most of them, transforming the banner of the autonomous region of […]

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Road 443: More Evidence of a Long Deception

October 13th, 2013 · No Comments · Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg My recent piece at The Daily Beast brings new evidence that the government presented a deceptive cover story to the Supreme Court about the building of Road 443. I arrived back in Israel on a pre-dawn flight and decided to take the minibus shuttle to Jerusalem rather than splurging on a taxi. At […]

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On the Eve of Meeting Obama, Is Netanyahu Listening to Himself?

September 28th, 2013 · No Comments · Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg As the prime minister prepares for his next White House appointment, my latest piece at The American Prospect lays out the weaknesses in Bibi’s position on Iran: When Barack Obama looks at the White House appointment book and sees that Benjamin Netanyahu will come calling  Monday, I doubt he’ll smile. Past meetings between […]

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Between Two Catastrophes: Look at Syria, and Question Everyone’s Stories about 1948

September 28th, 2013 · No Comments · Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg My latest column is up at The Daily Beast: Lebanon is teeming with refugees. This isn’t news, you might say. Palestinian refugees have dwelt in Lebanon since 1948. Back then, between 100,000 and 130,000 people, expecting a temporary sojourn, entered a country with a population perhaps ten times that number. The news is […]

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Meanwhile, in the Refugee Crisis

September 14th, 2013 · No Comments · Politics and Policy

Whether or not the United States uses arms in Syria, it needs to use money and visas to relieve suffering Gershom Gorenberg My new piece is up at The American Prospect: Two million refugees from Syria. The figure was announced last week and easily missed amid headlines about the Tomahawks that would or would not […]

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Europe Draws The (Green) Line

July 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg My new article is up at the American Prospect: This is the chronicle of a crisis foretold years in advance,” said the Israeli ex-ambassador to Germany, in that petulant tone of a diplomat working very hard not to sound infuriated. Shimon Stein was trying to explain new European Union sanctions against Israeli settlements. […]

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