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The Unforgiven by Jeffrey Goldberg
The Atlantic, May 2008

“As a young Zionist in the late 1980s, I was drawn to the idea that Israel represented the most sublime and encompassing expression of Jewishness, so I moved there and joined its army. This decision was unfathomable to many of my new Israeli comrades. One of my commanders asked me, ‘Why would a person leave America to die in Israel?’ Then he asked if we could switch places—he would move to New York and marry a doctor’s daughter, and I would die chasing Palestinians through the casbah of Nablus. I was dreaming Leon Uri’s dreams, but he was having visions out of Goodbye, Columbus.

“I didn’t die, obviously, but his argument bothered me, and still does.”

Also see:    &nbspProphesying Palestine: Jeffrey Goldberg looks back at Atlantic predictions from the 1920s and '30s about prospects for a Jewish homeland.
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Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, an Atlantic senior editor, began her association with the magazine in 2002, shortly after graduating from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She joined the staff full time in January 2006. Before coming to The Atlantic, Jennie was senior editor at Moment, a national magazine founded by Elie Wiesel.

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