"Do You Feel Like You Were Fooled by Obama?"

A Goldblog reader writes:

Since this was so obvious to me, I can't help but wonder about your opinion now.  Do you feel like you were fooled?  Or do you agree with Obama that Jews should be forbidden to build in certain areas of Jerusalem?  Or do you disagree, but think it's really not a big deal that Obama thinks so?  To paraphrase Jennifer Rubin from Commentary (you may snort about "neocons" here), is there any red line for you vis-a-vis Obama and Israel?

Snort about neocons? Some of my best friends are neocons. Yes, there are red lines, and no, Obama hasn't crossed any of them. Do I agree with Obama that Jews should be forbidden to build in certain areas of Jerusalem? My Judaism will survive my inability to live in the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem (which, last time I checked, have no particular holy significance for Jews). What matters in Jerusalem is the Temple Mount. Everything else is commentary, and not Jennifer Rubin's commentary, btw. I'm hoping that the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem become the capital of the independent state of Palestine. I would expect that Jews will be allowed to visit these places (I'm sure there's some rock or stone in one of these places that matters to some Jew or other) and even live in them. But Israel's future depends on disengaging from Arab population centers acquired in 1967.

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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