I’ve been at this since 2003 and one of my biggest complaints, heard much more when I started but still relevant now, is that not enough articulate, knowledgeable people are blogging about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For every Phil Weiss or Muzzlewatch there are ten (or more) Charles Johsnons. Until very recently, almost no academics or policy wonks were blogging on this subject. Now, thankfully we have Mark LeVine and Jerry Haber among others. But there is still a huge skew to the right in the online blog discussion about the conflict. For every Little Green Footballs or Pajamas Media there is a—well, nothing to be frank.
Which leads me to welcome Bernard Avishai to the blog world: baruch ha-ba. It’s probably no accident that he has a new book, The Hebrew Republic, coming out in April and perhaps his publisher advised him to consider blogging. Or maybe he’s been reading Daniel Levy’s excellent, Prospects for Peace and been inspired. Whatever the reason, it’s always great news when someone of Avishai’s stature and commanding intellect enters the blogging ring. We’ll all be the richer for it.
I recently blogged about his incisive column in the Los Angeles Times written with Sami Bahour calling for “tough love” from George Bush toward the Israelis.
Thanks to Alex Stein for alerting me to Avishai’s new blog.