I believe Bradlry Burston to be a fine writer and a fine man. It was his writing that first attracted me to Haaretz. He seems to be a centerist with some claim to liberal credentials. This is where the problem lies. Centerists cannot be persuasive except to other centerists. When Bradley dons his liberal hat and writes the lovely articles he is capable of writing, he makes people suspicious. The reason for this is because when Bradley writes something from a different perspective, praising Israel, or the IDF, or blaming the Palestinians for not being more accomodating, we remember it. We remember it far longer than the articles he writes to which I for one, can fully subscribe. The lesson I learned from my centerist days is that centerists are essentially kibitzers, offering entertaining reading but no committment. Most of the people in talkback understand that you must be committed to your cause, warts and all. This must be more difficult for the pro-Israel crowd and I respect them for shouldering that burden. Centerists, on the other hand, can choose the best bits from each side and criticize them both for their less appealing features. I would love to see Bradley discard his olympian approach and decend into one of the trenches, if he could decide on which one to pick.
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