On Wednesday, Peter Beinart and Daniel Gordis debated the proposition: “Zionism is a failing experiment—and American Jews are hastening its decline.”
Here’s a review of the debate. I personally thought Gordis won it, although more on points than by knockout punch. But I acknowledge the fact that my opinion on the debate result is largely colored by my own knowledge of the conflict and beliefs. I simply think Beinart got many things wrong.
Meanwhile, here is one of Gordis’ tweets after the debate, which indicates that perhaps he doesn’t have such warm feelings towards Beinart after all.
Beinart sucks up to JJ Goldberg: “we know all this from the great reporting of JJ Goldberg” #beinartvsgordis
— Jordan Hirsch (@jordanchirsch) May 3, 2012
I am going to recommend you buy Gordis’ book, which I have read. I don’t agree with everything in it, but it is a worthwhile, thought-provoking read. You can order it via the below widget, which offers the advantage of helping support Israellycool!
As for Beinart’s book, I wouldn’t bother.