Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for the Atlantic and author of "Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror."

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Jeffrey Goldberg: When Europe slowly surrenders to intolerance

August 22, 2014

On the one hand, it is completely unsurprising that Europe has become a swamp of anti-Jewish hostility. It is, after all, Europe. Anti-Jewish hostility has been its metier for centuries. (Yes, the locus of much anti-Jewish activity today is within Europe's large Muslim-immigrant population, but the young men who threaten their Jewish neighbors draw on the language and traditions of European anti-Semitism as much as they do on Muslim modes of anti-Semitic thought.)

  • Obama's underlying problem on foreign policy

    May 28, 2014

    President Barack Obama who Wednesday at West Point offered a recalibration of his foreign policy has made no catastrophic missteps in his conduct of foreign policy over his term-and-a-half in office. (Yes, I know Benghazi. Thank you.)

  • Is it right to call Israel an apartheid state?

    May 1, 2014

    So, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a mistake by thinking that a meeting of the Trilateral Commission was off-the-record. Is there anything holy in this world? What next? Will the Illuminati be giving TED talks? Are the Elders of Zion going to take questions on C-Span?

  • The Jerusalem fiction that continues to endure

    April 23, 2014

    In 2002, at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, an American citizen named Naomi Zivotofsky gave birth to another American citizen, Menachem Zivotofsky.

  • John Kerry is right to keep pushing on Mideast peace

    April 11, 2014

    John Kerry is waiting for Benjamin Netanyahu to nail himself to a very large cross.

  • Kerry's effort thwarted by the Middle East

    April 3, 2014

    Well, God bless John Kerry for trying.

  • Obama shouldn't forget our man stuck in Havana

    March 20, 2014

    When President Barack Obama looks abroad, he sees only the possibility of frustration and more frustration. He will not be supervising the return of Crimea to Ukraine. He and the West are unable to end the slaughter of Syria's citizens by its government. There is little chance his administration will forge a final peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

  • Note to John Kerry: Stop talking about boycotts of Israel

    February 7, 2014

    John Kerry is quite obviously a friend of Israel. He was a friend in the Senate, and he is one as secretary of state. His work on behalf of a two-state solution seems motivated by a deep love for Israel and a fear that Israel will cease to be a democratic haven for the Jewish people — the world's only Jewish-majority country, its first in 2,000 years — if it cannot disentangle itself from the lives of the Palestinians, who seek a country of their own. Israeli politicians on the extreme right who suggest that Kerry is anti- Semite, or a hater of Zionism, or the spawn of Satan, or whatever, are idiots.

  • Kerry puts Netanyahu in a bind

    January 31, 2014

    Secretary of State John Kerry is obviously getting somewhere in his attempt to achieve a framework agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, because all the right people, the far-right people, are going a little nuts.

  • Rouhani's comedy routine in Davos

    January 23, 2014

    Perhaps it's the altitude. Maybe it's the rich food — or the rich people. Or maybe the word for chutzpah in Farsi is "Davos."

  • The Middle East mess isn't about Israeli settlements

    December 3, 2013

    In an interview with Charles Gati in Politico Magazine, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as national security adviser to Jimmy Carter, proves once again that he is a man of profound religious faith. He worships at the Church of Linkage, which holds that Israel's settlement policy on the West Bank is the primary cause of Middle East instability and a principal cause — if not the main cause — of the United States's troubles in the Muslim world.

  • For help on Iran, Netanyahu must look to West Bank

    November 8, 2013

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is very upset with the P5+1 countries — the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany — for agreeing, in principle, to the idea that Iran could be granted temporary sanctions relief in exchange for a temporary halt to its nuclear program.

  • Rouhani reveals his true nuclear intentions

    October 8, 2013

    Here is something to remember as nuclear negotiations between the West and Iran appear set to recommence: The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, the putative moderate on whose shoulders great American hopes have been placed, is proud of the work he did to advance his country's nuclear program — and also of his efforts to stymie Western attempts to stop that work.

  • Shutdown gives U.S. allies one more reason for anxiety

    October 3, 2013

    This is just an assumption here, but I'm guessing that even those Republican members of Congress who forced the government to shut down believe in the importance of exporting American goods overseas. No congressional district is completely cut off from the global economy. I'm also guessing that congressional Republicans think that Asia is an important continent, or at least in the top six.

  • Don't be fooled by Iran's charming new leader

    October 2, 2013

    There are two main reasons to doubt the possibility of an Iran-U.S. rapprochement, an idea that gained new life after Iran's charm offensive at the United Nations last week and a phone call between the presidents of the two countries on Sept. 27. The first is general to the Middle East, the second is specific to Iran.

  • Five reasons not to trust Iran on nukes

    September 24, 2013

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani — who this week is attempting to charm the pants off the United Nations, President Barack Obama, world Jewry and Charlie Rose — may succeed in convincing many people that the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, doesn't actually want to gain control of a nuclear arsenal.


Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now senior editor for enterprise and investigations. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.

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