The DNC Regains Its Cunning, Ceases to Forget Jerusalem

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I just don't know what to make of this Jerusalem imbroglio. In case you haven't heard, the Democrats have decided that Jerusalem is, after all, the capital of Israel, and are restoring it their party platform. Of course, Jerusalem was the capital of Israel even when the Democrats forgot to mention that it was the capital of Israel.

An unforced error on the part of the Democrats? Yes. Meaningless? Yes. Does it change anything on the ground? No, of course not. The height of silliness, all around. There are huge things going on in the Middle East, revolutionary things, and this is what people are talking about? How much time are they spending in Charlotte debating what to do about the terrible crisis in Syria? None. V. frustrating.

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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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