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The Palestinian Right to Dream

May 25, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

As Congress applauded Netanyahu’s tough speech, a young Ramallah man talked about creating a Palestinian Tahrir Square, using nonviolence-and the hope that American Jews would back such a civil rights approach. Political reality suggests otherwise,…

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Netanyahu’s Bizarre Response to Obama’s Palestinian Proposal

May 23, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

President Obama’s parameters for a new round of Mideast peace talks were designed to head off U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state based strictly on 1967 borders-which would be catastrophic for Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu’s immediate rejection of the…

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Putting America on Democracy’s Side

May 19, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

In his Mideast speech, President Obama rejected Bush’s blind allegiance to Israel and put himself squarely on the side of human rights.
Can we now, after the president’s Thursday Mideast speech, finally stop calling Barack Obama a “realist?” Please….

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Israel’s Palestinian Arab Spring

May 15, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The converging of thousands of Palestinians on Israel’s borders is a sign that they have lost faith in American promises-and that if Israel and the U.S. don’t work toward a Palestinian state near 1967 lines, others will seize the initiative in shaping…

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Israel’s Democracy Hypocrisy

May 9, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The flap over whether CUNY should award playwright Tony Kushner an honorary degree underscores the growing debate over whether people who want Israel to be a secular democracy rather than a Jewish state can be tolerated in public life, writes Peter…

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Bin Laden Killing Erases Democrats’ Wimp Factor

May 2, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The killing of Osama bin Laden-and Obama’s decision to strike quickly to get him-erases the enduring stereotype of Democrats as weak politicians who won’t use force.
Plus, full coverage of Osama bin Laden.
The killing of Osama bin Laden has greater…

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The War on Terror Is Over

May 1, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Bin Laden’s death gives the U.S. a golden opportunity to bury the war on terror-a distraction, Peter Beinart argues, that distorted America’s foreign policy for too long.
Plus, full coverage of bin Laden’s death. 
No human’s death is ever a…

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How China Could Help Obama Win the Budget Battle

April 13, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

Obama’s budget speech mixed a Clinton-style defense of Medicare with an ingenious play on Americans’ worries about losing their edge to China, writes Peter Beinart. Ususally in American politics, arguing that we should be like other countries is a…

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The Budget Deal’s Odd Couple

April 11, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The deal brokered by Barack Obama and John Boehner helps the president regain his rep as a strong leader, and allows Boehner to tell his base that they’ve succeeded in shifting the agenda. It’s a win for both men, Peter Beinart writes.
During the cold…

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Why Obama’s Campaign Bores Me

April 4, 2011 | Comments Off | Peter Beinart

The president kicked off his reelection bid Monday, officially launching the 2012 campaign. Peter Beinart on why liberals’ ardor has cooled-but Obama is headed for a predictable victory anyway.
With Barack Obama’s announcement that he’s running for…