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Context and Critique: A Closer Look at Greenberg's "Offensive" Speech

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Publication Date: July 2009

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): David Kraemer

Series: CLAL Politics and Policy Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Government; Public Opinions; Media

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


The author reviews Yitz Greenberg's controversial speech, in which Greenberg stated that there are instances when Israeli forces overreact, and those overreactions lead to unnecessary deaths. Greenberg was then attacked for being "anti-Israel," when really, as the author asserts, he was recognizing that no power should excused from criticism. The author prompts media outlets to allow for critics to offer their input, rather than stifling voices that can offer knowledgeable advice.