An Offer I Could Refuse

I found this note in my in-box earlier this week, from a certain French television network: "Invitation to participate in the english debate to discuss Israel's influence on American vis-a-vis Iran." The text that followed read, in part, "We would love to have your insights on how the Israeli lobby influences American Foreign policy. I look forward to hearing from you."

I shared this e-mail with Spencer Ackerman, who suggested that I accept the invitation to go on the show and that I play it absolutely straight, except that I should participate in the debate while wearing clay horns glued to my forehead. I didn't wind up doing the show, but only because I've misplaced my horns. I have to find them, of course, before Rosh Hashanah.
 

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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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