Kaplan is very familiar to my audience, and every one of his visits very welcome. His most recent book is Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts.
Goldberg has extensive experience in Israel, and his book Prisoners, is all about the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.
I have friends in Gaza about whom I worry a great deal; I’ve seen many people killed in Gaza; I’ve served in the Israeli Army in Gaza; I’ve been kidnapped in Gaza; I’ve reported for years from Gaza; I hope my former army doesn’t kill the wrong people in Gaza; I hope Israeli soldiers all leave Gaza alive; I know they’ll be back in Gaza; I think this operation will work; and I have no actual hope that it will work for very long, because nothing works for very long in the Middle East. Gaza is where dreams of reconciliation go to die. Gaza is where the dream of Palestinian statehood goes to die; Gaza is where the Zionist dream might yet die. Or, more to the point, might be murdered.
Goldberg ought to be guesting on every cable channel –if cable channels were interested in what is happening in Gaza that is.