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Benjamin Kerstein

Benjamin Kerstein is a writer and editor who lives in Tel Aviv.
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Israel’s PR Challenge in the Battle for Public Opinion

Sunday, November 18th, 2012 - by Benjamin Kerstein

It is only a matter of time before my countrymen's enemies fully mobilize, with the help of the establishment media.

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Feed the Face, Then Talk to Me About Freedom

Saturday, November 10th, 2012 - by Benjamin Kerstein

Forget Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman — the time has come for Brechtian economics.

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Criticism of Israel and the Inescapability of Antisemitism

Saturday, April 21st, 2012 - by Benjamin Kerstein

Power is everywhere, therefore antisemitism is everywhere.

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House Jew, Field Jew

Friday, March 23rd, 2012 - by Benjamin Kerstein

The Daily Beast's new group blog, "Zion Square," and the sad saga of Peter Beinart.

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What J Street Means When It Says ‘Pro-Israel’

Friday, March 18th, 2011 - by Benjamin Kerstein

The left-wing group complicates a simple question.

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The Objectivist with the Dragon Tattoo

Saturday, March 12th, 2011 - by Benjamin Kerstein

With his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, for reasons that will likely forever remain unknown, a Scandinavian leftist managed to create a libertarian parable for the ages.

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Peter Beinart’s Liberal Fantasies

Thursday, February 24th, 2011 - by Benjamin Kerstein

They're delusions Israel can't afford.

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Watching Egypt Burn: An Israeli Perspective

Monday, January 31st, 2011 - by Benjamin Kerstein

What is happening now in Egypt has immediate and potentially disastrous consequences for the Jewish state. (Also read Roger L. Simon at the Tatler: "Cluless Israel wakes up on PR (sort of)")

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Barak’s Exit Reveals Weakness of the Israeli Left

Friday, January 28th, 2011 - by Benjamin Kerstein

Israeli liberals have never recovered from the failure of the Oslo Accords and the carnage of the second intifada.

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Loughner and How America Treats Its Mentally Ill

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 - by Benjamin Kerstein

I have no sympathy for what Loughner did. Nonetheless, as someone with a mild form of mental illness, I can speak from personal experience about how badly America deals with its mentally ill.

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Obama’s Irrelevant Bid for Mideast Peace

Sunday, January 9th, 2011 - by Benjamin Kerstein

The status quo hands the president a Mideast defeat.

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NPR and the Liberal Subculture that Worships It

Saturday, October 30th, 2010 - by Benjamin Kerstein

NPR is for coastal liberals what Rush Limbaugh is for heartland conservatives: a means of relating to the world from within the confines of a specific subculture. The difference, of course, is that Limbaugh’s admirers do not force others to pay for it.

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Middle East Peace Talks Degenerate into Farce

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 - by Benjamin Kerstein

Obama sabotaged the peace process from the outset, largely through his own incompetence.

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The Depredations of Roger Ebert

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 - by Benjamin Kerstein

Is it fair to say, as Armond White of the New York Press recently claimed, "that Roger Ebert destroyed film criticism"? (Update: And don't miss Ed Driscoll on "Springtime for Ebert.")

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The Man Who Stares at Other People’s Writing

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 - by Benjamin Kerstein

Jon Ronson, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats, stands accused of possible plagiarism flowing from an article he wrote in the Guardian.

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