Obama's Red Lines

Jennifer Rubin at Commentary is mad at me:

Many thanks to Jeffrey Goldberg, both for taking a reader's question "paraphrasing" me as to whether there is "any red line for [him] vis-a-vis Obama and Israel?" and for again demonstrating that there is apparently nothing Obama can do that would offend a certain segment of American Jewry....

I have many red lines, of course, when it comes to the question of Israel's survival, and readers of this blog know this. I want Israel to remain a Jewish-majority democracy, I don't want it to be a pariah, in part because pariahs don't survive, and I want Israel to protect itself from the threat posed by Iran. I think Israel must be ready to compromise on questions related to the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, and to settlement expansion on the West Bank, precisely because these other issues are so important.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

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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