An Invitation to the Israeli Minister of Immigrant Absorption

The Israeli Minister of Immigrant Absorption, Sofa Landver, is still pretty cheesed at Goldblog over the demise of her guilt-inducing ad campaign designed to convince Israelis in America that America isn't good for them. She apologized, sort of, for the campaign, telling The Jersusalem Post's Gil Hoffman"We didn't intend to harm anyone and if anyone was offended, I am sorry. I don't have to say I'm sorry, but I've been taught that it's the right thing to do." Then she said: "I'm not really apologizing. If anyone was harmed, they should look in the mirror and see their kids when they come back from public schools."

Hoffman goes to to write, "
Landver blamed the controversy over the ad campaign on 'one hostile article attacking our prime minister' by Atlantic journalist Jeffrey Goldberg."

Since Minister Landver is worried about my children's Jewish future, I thought I would issue an invitation: The next time she visits Washington, she is invited to Shabbat dinner at my home. She can quiz my children about their Jewishness, and she can observe a Jewish family in America being, well, Jewish. We'll make a very nice dinner, and we'll have a very interesting conversation. I'm serious, by the way. And I'm open to being proven wrong. I'll even invite Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., who lives nearby, to moderate the discussion.
And for balance,  I'll invite my (Diaspora-based) rabbi, Gil Steinlauf, as well. I think all of us might learn something from this conversation. So, e-mail me! As soon as you say yes, I'll buy a chicken. 

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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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