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American columnist Peter Beinart, an editor at New Republic and Jewish Currents, and writer for The Atlantic, Daily Beast, NY Times and more.

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In 2010, Peter Beinart, an editor at New Republic and Jewish Currents, and writer for The Atlantic, Daily Beast, NY Times, and elsewhere, wrote an essay in the New York Review of Books about how he loves Israel… but Israel’s really awful. That essay, and his book that followed it, shook up a lot of people who already agreed that Israel is awful.

In 2020, Beinart has gone a step further, with an essay in Jewish Currents, and an op-ed in the New York Times (called I No Longer Believe in a Jewish State). Beinart makes the case that it is time for a one-state solution, from the river to the sea, a binational state shared with equal rights for Jews and Arabs.

Beinart has it all laid out: the narrative of a once Israel-loving man’s heartrending personal journey to chose values over shul popularity; the cherry-picked studies, academic prescriptions and historic parallels to show why the experiment would work. It all fits together with geometric precision, he believes, the perfect argument. 

You wouldn’t know what was missing unless you were looking for it. An Israeli perspective, and any assignment of Palestinian responsibility.

And his audience won’t be looking for that.

His article is worth paying attention to; not only because Israel-defenders will be forced to respond to it when it is waved as a bludgeon—”See? Even this Zionist thinks Israel has to go!” —but because it is a great exemplar of anti-Israel.

Beinart takes the classic anti-Israel fallacy, the refusal to acknowledge Palestinians, and turns it into an art. You would almost think Palestinians don’t exist at all, except as a theory.

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The Palestinians are like the Wizard of Oz, hidden behind a curtain. The anti-Israel movement does not want to know about the Wizard, or anything going on behind that curtain. They do not want to know about the children’s shows asking toddlers if they will kill Jews. Or how Hamas plans to attack daycares. They do not want to know about arrests (or worse) of Palestinians who speak with Jews. Or are gay. Certainly no discussion of terrorism, or of the repeated failure by Palestinians to accept a peace plan, or offer one of their own.

Here’s Beinart: “The painful truth is that the project liberal Zionists like myself have devoted ourselves for decades—a state for Palestinians separated from a state for Jews—has failed.”

This is like when my kids spill chocolate milk on their beds. The “chocolate milk spilled.” Don’t you mean someone spilled the chocolate milk? Talks failed. Why? Who walked away? Who made counter-proposals? Who refused to resettle refugees? Who funds the Palestinian leaders, making a peace deal against their financial interests? Only Israel seems to have been an actor for the last seventy years.

Which gets to the second major anti-Israel fallacy regarding the conflict, that Palestinian violence is due to being oppressed, and therefore, the more inhuman the violence—the worse the Israelis must (apparently) be.

Beinart makes the case that it is time for a one-state solution, from the river to the sea, a binational state shared with equal rights for Jews and Arabs.

This inversion of morality is insidious, and the logical endpoint is a complete devaluation of Jewish life. One wonders, for an American, how they would feel about Natives Americans murdering random families. Would that be justified? Because, despite Beinart’s attempt to normalize terrorism, they don’t do that.

A major plank in Beinart’s thesis is that the only reason Jews are afraid to share a state equally, or as a minority with Arabs, is an obsession with victimhood, and projections from the Holocaust experience. Jews don’t need the Holocaust to fear Arab violence. That relationship stands on its own, through existential wars and genocidal threats in 1948 and 1967. Through the Hamas Charter, and constant calls for the death of every Jew in the world.

When Beinart does mention the Palestinian leadership aligning with the Nazis, he tosses that off too as a natural thing to do in the fight against British colonialism. Yeah, sure, but they also wanted, and discussed with Hitler, the extermination of the Jews in Arab lands.

Beinart not only forgets the first modern Zionists who were fleeing massacres in Russia, but he ignores the majority of Israeli Jews: Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews, who have experienced life as a minority in an Arabic nation. Their experience of being raped, robbed, beaten, humiliated and chased from their countries of origin is not discussed. The Farhud in Iraq, the Mawza Exile in Yemen. But Beinart has studies from Ireland!

It is ugly, but somehow poetic, that Beinart’s piece came out to a multi-year backdrop of Jews fleeing antisemitism in Europe, and in the same week as major American cultural icons have been spouting anti-Semitism to millions of followers, and the last Jews in Yemen are attacked.

Why do people expect Jews, alone, to risk national suicide? It’s like Israel-haters learned about Masada and figured, yeah, they’ll be down. No. We are not down. Maybe one day a shared state will be possible. But it won’t happen by lying about the risks, and about how we got here. Lies and false hopes will continue to perpetuate violence, as they have for the preceding decades.

David Sachs is a political commentator and activist, and the bestselling author of The Flood, Safari, and Tragically Hip, Twisted: Illustrated Stories Inspired By Hip Songs. His blog and articles are at www.davidsachs.com

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