Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast.
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Israel and the Palestinians
• Over at his NY Times blog, Paul Krugman gives a shoutout to Peter Beinart that’ll rankle some readers:
The truth is that like many liberal American Jews — and most American Jews are still liberal — I basically avoid thinking about where Israel is going. It seems obvious from here that the narrow-minded policies of the current government are basically a gradual, long-run form of national suicide — and that’s bad for Jews everywhere, not to mention the world. But I have other battles to fight, and to say anything to that effect is to bring yourself under intense attack from organized groups that try to make any criticism of Israeli policies tantamount to anti-Semitism.
• CNN‘s Erin Burnett interviewed Prime Minister Netanyahu. She made quite an effort to draw the Prime Minister into commenting on US politics, and his relationship with Mitt Romney, but Bibi would have none of it.
• If Yossi Beilin says the PA should dismantle itself and Ahmed Qureia talks up the one-state solution, you can be sure The Guardian‘s Harriet Sherwood will consider this newsworthy. Sherwood’s hook?
Two of the architects of the Oslo accords, which were intended as the basis of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict almost 20 years ago, have radically changed their position following the long-term impasse between the two sides.
• Jodi Rudoren, the new NY Times bureau chief in Jerualem, filed her first story — about the retroactive legalization of three West Bank settlements.