An Offer I Could Refuse

By Jeffrey Goldberg

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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