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Livni Writes a Letter

8:20 AM, Oct 22, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Steve Clemons is very excited that Kadima Party chief Tzipi Livni has sent "a knock-the-ball-out-of-the-park...letter of affirmation to J Street, recognizing potential differences but affiriming a shared strategic vision for the best interests of Israel." No doubt this is a momentous occasion in the quest for peace, but just a little perspective...

Livni refused to come in person, refused to do a live satellite appearance, refused to do a taped message. Instead she wrote a letter -- and even then she's careful to say that she and J Street do "not agree on everything."

Meanwhile, Media Matters has thrown its support behind J Street and accused one its critics of trying "to destroy careers...sending college kids out to gather negative information about journalists, politicians, rabbis, whatever." Says Ben Smith, "Media Matters, of course, would never 'send college kids out to gather negative information' or keep negative files on people. No, wait. That's its job."