Friday, March 30, 2012

Peter Beinart on The Colbert Report

The Crisis of Zionism

I found Peter Beinart's appearance on The Colbert Report to promote his new book quite compelling. His views on the state of Israel are pretty standard liberal views but I like the way he frames them. Instead of getting overly emotional or flirting with anti-semitism, seems to have struck a middle ground where he looks at the consequences that Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip have for Israel's own democracy. Israel rightfully prides itself as America's closest ally and as the only democracy in the middle east but decades of occupation of Palestinian/Arab lands has created a dissonance in which parts of the country are "freer" than others which cannot last.

I think I may have to actually read this book. TV shouldn't come with home work....

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