I can’t help it: when a widely read pundit writes a column saying pretty much the same as what I have just said, I must point it out. Here is Peter Beinart, who might well have read my post of yesterday. (Just kidding, but actually, Beinart is more optimistic than I am. He says the bipartisan consensus is already dead. I think it’s still alive and kicking).
Beinart is a very smart guy who has traveled an interesting trajectory: an orthodox Jew and one-time fervent defender of Israel, he is now one of its leading critics in the American Jewish community. His views reflect his own first-hand observation–which he has described as “a shattering experience”–of the brutality of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, According to Beinart, you have to go there to appreciate just how horrible it is.