Why Tony Judt Thinks Netanyahu Could Be Good for the Jews

For a story in today’s Observer about how the rise of a Benjamin Netanyahu government in Israel is affecting Middle East dialogue in America, I spoke with Tony Judt, a noted academic and historian and a provocative critic of some of Israel’s supporters in the U.S.
Netanyahu’s policies are, from Judt’s left-of-center point of view, awful. But he expressed optimism that political developments there would lead to a more constructive debate here.
Referring to the man expected to be Israel’s next foreign minister, the ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman, he said, “A man like Lieberman, if he appeared in the government, particularly in a senior position in any other democratic country, he’d provoke a huge public debate.

Why Tony Judt Thinks Netanyahu Could Be Good for the Jews