Tilting at Windmills

November/ December 2011 The company you keep

By Charles Peters

One of the most disturbing trends is the one away from Obama among so many liberal American Jews. Are they going to let themselves be swayed by the right wing that has taken over Israel? That Rick Perry and his ilk are standing 100 percent behind Israel’s present leaders—see Perry’s recent Wall Street Journal op-ed “The US Must Support Israel at the UN” and the article “House GOP Finds a Growing Bond with Netanyahu” in the New York Times—should be warning enough against following Netanyahu and his American apologists. Thomas Friedman puts it bluntly, calling Netanyahu’s “the most diplomatically inept and strategically incompetent government in Israel’s history.”

Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly and the author of a new book on Lyndon B. Johnson published by Times Books.