The mood shift

Philip Weiss, The American Conservative, February 26: The conventional wisdom seemed to be that Carter had damaged himself [after the release of his recent book, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid], and badly. But the fury has masked a quieter trend —nodding support for the president’s views across the country. The book still ranks sixth on the…

The ultimate prize is won

While the Bush administration wheels out the President’s wife to defend the Iraq war, two stories on the conflict deserve wider coverage. First: The Bush administration has agreed to sit around a negotiating table with official representatives of Iran and Syria next month – as part of a planned regional conference in Baghdad to discuss…

The people know best

It looks like the American people are appeasing terrorists: With Congress preparing for renewed debate over President Bush’s Iraq war policies, a majority of Americans now support setting a deadline for withdrawing U.S. forces from the war-torn nation and also support putting new conditions on the military that could limit the number of personnel available…

The Israeli problem

Danny Rubinstein, Haaretz, February 26: Forty years after the Six-Day War, the Palestinian attitude that has become consolidated toward the State of Israel is quite clear: It is possible and necessary to achieve an agreement for coexistence with Israel on the basis of the 1967 borders. Israelis who think it is possible to reach an…

The fight-back

Naomi Klein, The Nation, March 12: Something remarkable is going on in a Miami courtroom. The cruel methods US interrogators have used since September 11 to “break” prisoners are finally being put on trial. This was not supposed to happen. The Bush Administration’s plan was to put José Padilla on trial for allegedly being part…

More Jews needed in Palestine

Can Zionist love of Israel ever be too much? Believe it: A Teaneck synagogue [in New Jersey] may become a flashpoint this weekend in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Congregation B’nai Yeshurun will host a real estate fair aimed at persuading American Jews to buy property in the disputed territories of the West Bank. “The purchase of…