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The Record Has Been Corrected

Kudos to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency for correcting the errors that marred its account of the debate I engaged in over the weekend at a conference sponsored by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. I detailed those errors in an earlier posting. The corrected account, which may be found here, concedes, in essence, that I did not say, as the original article claimed, that a “McCain administration would discourage Israeli-Syrian peace talks and refrain from actively engaging in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.” To quote the correction: “In fact, while Max Boot did voice skepticism about whether the [Israeli-Syrian] talks would succeed, he says he was only speaking out against U.S. engagement with Syria.”

It would have been even more accurate and complete if the JTA article had noted that, after I said that negotiating an Israeli-Palestinian accord could not be the top priority for the next administration given all the other crises we face, Richard Danzig, an adviser to Barack Obama, said, “I think we see this rather similarly.”

If you have some free time on your hands, you can watch the entire debate here.

I will await the corrections from the various lefty bloggers who piled onto the original, inaccurate account. (Joe Klein, for instance, wrote in high dudgeon: “Israel is a democracy. We have no business strong-arming this ally. Israel’s duly elected government–and, from my own conversations, it’s military and foreign policy establishment–all see great potential advantages in talking to the Syrians.”) I suspect it will be a long wait.



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