The Maestro Who Should Be Our President

A citizen of the world, Daniel Barenboim fights to turn his near-far country into a more just place. He appears with our philharmonic, but only in Israel; he does not boycott, but he is not prepared to mislead the world.

Daniel Barenboim took my heart by storm last week. He was given an honorary doctorate from the Weizmann Institute of Science and invited me to be his guest, although we had never met. I listened to his speech and later we talked late into the night. The buildings at the institute went dark, the maestro took out two cigars and four chairs – for my partner and myself, and for his wife...