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May 31, 2006

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Richard Silverstein

This attack on Jimmy Carter is one of the more misguided efforts I've read in some time showing that NJDC seems to be closer to the Aipac line on Mideast politics than either the Bush Administration or some Israeli cabinet ministers & many Knesset members.

It's sad really. Because the ultimate outcome of this conflict will be a resolution closer to Jimmy Carter's vision than Ira Forman's. I'm sorry to say that Forman seems to be pandering to the Aipac crowd and not the majority of American Jews, who are in favor of a two state solution and in favor of Israel's withdrawal to 1967 borders in return for the end of terror and Arab recognition of Israel.

Someday Forman & NJDC will recognize their error. Those who'd like to know of a more progressive vision for Mideast peace might take a look at American Friends of Peace Now, Brit Tzedek, or Israel POlicy Forum.

And I say all this sadly because on almost every other issue I'm with NJDC & the Party.

Ira Forman

I don't quite understand Richard Silverstien's comments. My criticisms of Jimmy Carter's piece have nothing to do with taking an "AIPAC line" or any other line on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The vast majority of the members of Americans for Peace Now and the Israel Policy Forum would also be horrified with Carter's distortions of the conflict. In fact you can be in favor of "a two state solution and in favor of Israel's withdrawal to 1967 borders in return for the end of terror and Arab recognition of Israel" and still be critical of Carter's characterization of Israeli and Palestinian behavior.

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