Sunday, April 09, 2006

Finkelstein and Ben-Ami

Here is a transcript (or here) of the debate between Norman Finkelstein and Former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami.  Needless to say, Finkelstein wipes the floor with him, but Ben-Ami accredits himself fairly honorably in that he agrees with most of the facts that Finkelstein presents with such precision (Finkelstein presents the case as well as you will ever see).  Ben-Ami falls down on his biased view of Arafat’s intentions, which seem to be based on the misleading Israeli intelligence reading of Arafat, and at the end, when he starts to sound a little like Dershowitz in his increasingly feeble attempts to come up with something good to say about Israel.  Still, the man comes across as a bastion of integrity compared with every single American Zionist.