David Bromwich

How Israel avoids the obvious Palestinian solution


David Bromwich, professor of literature at Yale University, discusses the standard Israeli practice of making incongruous conditional demands to avoid serious discussion of a Palestinian state, the propaganda and fundraising boon Ahmadinejad has been to AIPAC, the radicalizing effect recent Russian immigrants have had on Israeli politics and how the Iranian nuclear scaremongering may be designed for American consumption.

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David Bromwich teaches literature at Yale. He has written on politics and culture for The New Republic, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, and other magazines. He is editor of Edmund Burke’s selected writings On Empire, Liberty, and Reform and co-editor of the Yale University Press edition of On Liberty.

11 thoughts on “David Bromwich”

  1. (1)The solution to the Israel/Palestine impasse is quite simple, but requires b**lls on the part of the president and Congress. The obvious solution is to advise Israel that the US subsidies to Israel are foreverheld in limbo until and unless Israel takes certain steps (to be enumerated) to implement a fair and just settlement with the Palestinian people. No settlement, no money, PERIOD!!!
    (2) Demand that AIPAC register under the Foreign Registration Act. Legislate away AIPACs ability to finance re-election bids for those who approve legislation favorable to Israel. Do not allow the Justice Department to drop the espionage case against Messrs. Weissman and Rosen, AIPAC officials. Also appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Congressional Mati Harri’s like Jane Harman. As of now, no one has the b**lls to properly investigate the matter.
    What these actions would serve to accomplish is to lessen Israel’s ability to steer US foreign policy, mitigate the Palestine problem, and end a disastrous policy that has led to 2 illegal and senseless wars.
    Bruce Richardson

  2. Bruce,
    Thank you. You are saying the things that Americans must come to understand. It is past time that we cut the cord and let Israel act as it will without our help. I for one do not one more dime of our taxes to go towards the war machine and the settlements of a country which spies on us, which denies it has nuclear weapons and continually acts in ways that lead America astray. The Israel firsters should now all move to Israel and take their money with them. Then it would not need our help at all.

  3. Rather than exercising leadership to resolve the problem between Israel and the Palestinians
    the U.S. uses it*s U.N.veto to thwart any pressure on Israel in the world body for an equitable settlement of their issues. Not only does Israel use force to expropriate the Palestinian lands,
    Israel uses disproportionate force on the helpless civilians as we saw in Gaza. The abused are
    now the abusers.

  4. It’s not going to happen. Americans have been identifying themselves with the biblical Israelites since the 17th century. Present day Israelis are routinely identified with pioneer Americans replacing the natives. (Palestinians are Indians, from this point of view.) Then there’s the roughly 1/3 of Americans who are “born-again” Protestants who want a Jewish state as part of their future history leading to the Second Coming of Jesus. They often identify Palestinians with the biblical Philistines or Canaanites (who were supposed to be exterminated).

    When the current generation of Christian Zionists finally gives up hope of the Rapture happening next week, they will probably blame Israelis, American Jews, Liberals, homosexuals, anything but their own gullibility. But that probably won’t happen for a while.

  5. George Washington on Israel

    “A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification.” ~George Washington Farewell Address

    “The nation which indulges toward another habitual hatred or habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interests.” ~ George Washington

    “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

  6. Why should Israel give up the West Bank, when what they’re doing, taking it over bit by bit, is working? Israel does not consider Palestinians to be people, so it doesn’t care what happens to them. Anyone who thinks Israel is going to change behavior is dreaming, as is anyone who thinks that the U.S. and Israel will become unjoined at the hip.

  7. I seriously question the ability of America to support the cost of maintaining Israel’s security very far into the future. I strongly suspected that peace between Palestinians and Israelis is physically impossible because of the settlements. It appears the Muslim’s strategy is simply to continue on with their war of attrition until we are bankrupt.
    We all got a good laugh from Osama’s declaration of war and his strategy to bankrupt America: but with a fiscal deficit of 12% of GDP and too many additional economic problems to mention I am no longer laughing at his boasts. Obama’s 17 billion dollar budget cut on May 7 was only 1% of what was needed; and I see his budget estimates low balled and anticipated receipts exaggerated. I also suspect many of our traditional allies may be running interference against US/Israeli policies.

  8. An intelligent and perceptive fellow, this David Bromwich.

    With a “friend” like Israel, you sure as hell don’t need any enemies. Israel pisses all over America while hiding behind our apron strings. We cover for Israel’s crimes in the UN, we let ’em spy on us, we prop up their corrupt, socialist economy. The Middle East–the whole world–knows this.

    America has no credibility in the MIddle East. As long as we let Israel control our Middle East “policy,” we don’t deserve any, either..

  9. According to his wiki, Mitchell’s Lebanese connection is by adoption and he was raised Maronite Catholic, so hardly a majority factor in the ME. The party that the French used as their post-colonial puppets, iirc.

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