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Over at Shrinkwrapped, some criticism of my belief that there exists a cohort of Palestinian moderates with whom Israel can do business:

Leaving aside the fact that the current Palestinians are spiritually indistinguishable from their predecessors, Jeffrey Goldberg makes the typical error of the well meaning liberal.  Liberals see the best in people at all times, even when the best does not appear obvious to any other observers.  For Jeffrey Goldberg and other liberals, it is an article of faith that Palestinian moderates exist.  I have a great deal of sympathy with this position, which I held for many years.  Tragically, this has proved to be an unwarranted assumption, for several reasons.
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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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