[Emphasis added]

Thus if one reads the entire Barak interview, or reviews the purported “map,” or looks at primary sources Walt/Mearsheimer ignored, the assertion in the text is not only unsupported but demonstrably wrong. It is simply Arafat’s lie, refuted long ago by the president of the United States, the prime minister of Israel, the foreign minister of Israel, and the chief peace negotiator for the U.S.


Walt/Mearsheimer’s paper, complete with footnotes that misstate primary sources and ignore others, is worse than embarrassing. It is academic malpractice. No one contests their right to their opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts – nor to pass them off as the conclusions of “scholars.”

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Rick Richman, whose work has appeared in The New York Sun, The Tower Magazine, and The Jewish Press, among other publications, is a prolific writer who appears regularly in Commentary magazine and its group Contentions blog, where this originally appeared. He also maintains the Jewish Current Issues blog (www.jpundit.typepad.com/jci/).