The last few dotCommonweal posts on the Middle East, specifically the rain of missiles from and to Gaza and Israel, have underlined the degree to which many Americans support Israel and have little or no sympathy for the Palestinians in Gaza. Media coverage has fostered this view, unbalanced some would say. Thus, among the more interesting media commentary following the recent truce are pieces that break with that unbalanced treatment. Here are some of them:Stephen Walt: "Why Americans Don't Understand the Middle East."The Ombudsman of the Washington Post: "Photo of dead baby in Gaza holds part of the 'truth.'"The London Review of Books: "Why Israel Didn't Win."Monday, 8:40 AM: This just in: Support Palestinian Statehood by Yossi Beilin, an architect of the Oslo Accords, who has served as Israels deputy foreign minister and minister of justice.The comments are turned off to encourage reading of these articles; perhaps in a day or two I will turn it on.Update: As hinted, comments on.
Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal.