This Is What the Beginning of a Real Israel Debate Looks Like


Before Ilhan Omar came to the national stage, Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer tried to discuss pro-Israel lobbying.

  • Ben Ehrenreich
  • The New Republic

They were shouted down.

With all the shouting it was easy to miss, but something new happened in Washington this week.

If you can’t see it yet, put yourself back in 2006, when everything about a Somali-American, Muslim congresswoman tweeting a line from a Puff Daddy song—as Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar did Sunday evening—would have been unthinkable.

In March 2006, two established, neo-realist foreign policy wonks named John Mearsheimer and…

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