Is It Good for the Jews?

Schwartz, argues that the community's leadership, including pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, has let down its constituency by failing to embrace neoconservativism's "universal, humanistic and liberal values" and inadequately responding to the tidal wave of Jew-baiti he believes preceded the Iraq.

Stephen Schwartz, Is It Good for the Jews?, doubleday, 2006.

In this broadside against conventional American Jewish political thinking, Schwartz repeatedly poses the question "is it good for the Jews?"—concluding that neoconservativism would be, but the Democratic Party isn't.

Schwartz (a convert from Judaism to Islam) argues that the community's leadership, including pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, has let down its constituency by failing to embrace neoconservativism's "universal, humanistic and liberal values" and inadequately responding to the "tidal wave of Jew-baiting" he believes preceded the Iraq war.

Yet he backs his claims with speculative statements, while dismissing others' positions as "mak[ing] no sense" or insulting the messengers (e.g., "incompetent Western journalists and bought-off policy experts" are behind the dubious notion of an al-Qaeda/Saddam Hussein connection).

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