Obama and AIPAC

Some have expressed hope that Barack Obama may try to expand the narrow parameters of debate in Washington as it pertains to the Israel/Palestine issue. But clearly it can't be a good sign that Marty Peretz is impressed with Obama's take on the Middle East.

Barack Obama delivered a speech Friday afternoon to an AIPAC meeting in Chicago. I believe he must have satisfied (nearly) all of those who had been skeptical of his grasp of the Israeli conundrum. Very much satisfied them. Me, included. (His was an extremely sophisticated analysis.) And he must also have disillusioned all of those who'd hoped--like the lefty blogosphere--that he'd be oh-so-sympathetic to the self-inflicted Palestinians.