SUNY Buffalo political science professor, Jerome Slater has become a welcome addition to the progressive Jewish blog world. His new one, Jerome Slater: On the U.S. and Israel, covers specific territory for which he is a distinguished expert: human rights, the laws of war and just war theory, and the political rhetoric of the conflict. Slater is one of the few I know who can take on a figure as formidable as Michael Walzer on his own terms and best him.
Though it is not quite as true now as it once was, I have always said that what the online world needs regarding the I-P conflict is not more savage, confrontational blogs but ones that provide specific expertise and deep knowledge of sources. Another point I’ve made many a time is that there are too many polemicists and too few academics (right or left) blogging. That has changed since I first made this argument and a number of excellent academic analysts have entered the fray, but it still holds true. That’s one of the reasons why Prof. Slater’s blog is so helpful at this time.
His first few posts provide a rebuttal to Moshe Halbertal’s attack on the Goldstone Report and an overall appraisal of that Report and Israeli conduct of the Gaza war.
I urge you to add his blog to your Google Reader. He plans to treat his blog more as a series of essays than as an everyday blog. But when he does have something to say it will be important to read it.