Dershowitz-Beinart Israeli Debate, Round 2

June 3, 2013 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

In a follow-up discussion to their appearance last fall, jurist Alan Dershowitz and journalist Peter Beinart continued the debate, “The Crisis of Zionism,” as part of the Perspectives: Conversations on Policy and Place series at the Graduate Center. Beinart insists that with power comes responsibility. “Because Israel has emerged as a successful country, with millions of non-Jews living under its domain, it’s in a very unusual situation,” said Beinart, an associate professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. “The test now is what it means to be a Jewish state.” Dershowitz, on the other hand, is more concerned with external threats from its enemies than preserving Jewish values. “Israel’s soul will take care of itself, so long as its body is kept intact,” said Dershowitz.