Possibilities

This from Haaretz:

Just meters from the Brandenburg Gate, the 18th-century structure that came to symbolize Nazi power and was only reopened with Berlin’s reunification, stands one of city’s most beautiful and famous hotels, which is where the American Jewish Committee chose to celebrate its 100th anniversary. …

“It was important for us to send a message of the possibility of change and development,” AJC executive director David Harris said of the festivities in Berlin. “Who would have foreseen a half a century ago the way that German-Jewish relations have evolved. It seemed very improbable in the 1950s, so maybe something equally improbable will meet us for our 150th anniversary. Maybe it will be in Tehran, maybe it will be in Damascus, maybe it will be in Bejing, I don’t know. If Jews and Germans can get together in this very celebratory manner, then anything becomes possible.”

Later in the piece Harris mischaracterizes the recent article by Mearsheimer and Walt (Daniel Levy, an advisor to Ehud Barak, is more even-tempered and level-headed in his response), but it wasn’t enough to take the shine off his earlier sentiments.

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