Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Mark Goldberg (born September 22, 1965) is an American journalist and editor-in-chief of The Atlantic . During the first years of the Atlantic , Goldberg has become known for its coverage of foreign affairs. He has won many awards and written eleven cover stories for the magazine.

Early life and education

Goldberg was born in Brooklyn, NY , the sound of Ellen and Daniel Goldberg, [3] whom he describes as “very left-wing.” [4] He grew up in suburban Malverne on Long Island , where he was one of the few Jews in a largely Irish-American area. During his first trip to Israel as a “powerless 13-year-old boy suffering from the hands of Irish pogromists,” he said, “he found the Jewish empowerment embodied by Israeli soldiers,” So, I became deeply enamored of Israel because of that. ” [4]

He attended the University of Pennsylvania , where he was editor-in-chief of The Daily Pennsylvanian . [5] While at Penn he worked at the Hillel kitchen serving lunch to students. He left the college to move to Israel , where he served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a prison guard at the First Intifada at Ktzi’ot Prison , at a prison camp set up to arrest Palestinian participants in the uprising. There he puts Rafiq Hijazi, a Palestinian Liberation Organization leader, college math teacher and devout Muslim from a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, whom Goldberg describes as “the only Palestinian I could find in Ketziot who understood the moral justification for Zionism”. [5]

Goldberg lives in Washington, DC , with his wife, Pamela (nee Ress) Reeves, and their three children. [3] [6]


Goldberg returned to the United States and began his career at The Washington Post , where he was a police reporter. While in Israel, he worked as a columnist for The Jerusalem Post , and served as the New York bureau chief of The Forward , a contributing editor at New York magazine, and a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine. . [7] [8] [9] In October 2000, Goldberg joined The New Yorker . [7]

In 2007, he was hired by David G. Bradley to write for The Atlantic . Bradley had tried to convince Goldberg to come to work for the Atlantic for nearly two years, and was finally successful after renting ponies for Goldberg’s children. [10] In 2011, Goldberg joined Bloomberg View as a columnist, [11] and his editorials are also syndicated online, often appearing on such media sites as Newsday [12] and Newsmax . [13] Goldberg concluded writing for Bloomberg in 2014. [14]

Goldberg was a journalist with The Atlantic before becoming editor-in-chief. [9] Goldberg wrote principally on foreign affairs, with a focus on the Middle East and Africa . [7]

Michael Massing , an editor of the Columbia Journalism Review , called Goldberg “the most influential journalist / blogger on matters related to Israel,” [15] and David Rothkopf , the CEO and editor of the FP Group , called him “one of the most incisive, respected foreign policy journals around. ” [16] He has been described as a neoconservative , [17] a liberal , [18] a Zionist [19] and a critic of Israel. [20] The New York Times reported that he “shaped” the magazine’s endorsement of Hillary Clintonin the 2016 United States presidential election , only the third endorsement in the magazine’s 160-year history. [9]

Notable articles

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“The Obama Doctrine”, The Atlantic , 2016

In April 2016, Goldberg published The Obama Doctrine , which was featured in the Atlantic’s April 2016 cover story. This essay covers a wide range of foreign policy issues, including his views of the US role in Asia, the Middle East, ISIS, Russia, and Europe, focusing on the nature of American leadership in these different regions and the relative power of the United States wields in developing and executing policies that reflect American interests abroad. [21]

Goldberg’s “The Obama Doctrine” was praised for its detailed accounting of the president’s foreign policy and sparked a debate about Obama’s foreign policy legacy. Brian Katulis, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, wrote in The Wall Street Journal , “Jeffrey Goldberg’s analysis of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy (” The Obama Doctrine “) is required reading for those looking at the big picture on US national security. ” [22]

In the Atlantic, Martin Indyk praised the article, writing, “Jeffrey Goldberg’s fascinating article taps into President Obama’s thinking about foreign policy and reveals its wellsprings. Obama Doctrine ‘than previous efforts by the White House itself, captured in those memorable lines’ do not do stupid shit’ and ‘leading from behind’, which does not do justice to a doctrine that is both complicated and far reaching implications for American foreign policy. ” [23]

Other President Obama Interviews (2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Goldberg’s interviews with President Barack Obama since 2008. [21] [24] [25] [26] [27] Goldberg’s interviews have focused on President Obama’s views on US-Israel relations , Zionism , the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action , and other issues concerning Middle East and North Africa . [21]

Peter Baker , the White House correspond for the New York Times , recommended Goldberg’s interviews with President Obama, writing, “For much of his time in office, President Obama has been having a conversation about the Middle East with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, one of the first writers in the region based in Washington.In this latest interview, Mr. Obama defends his approach to the war against the Islamic State, warns Arab leaders not to pursue nuclear programs to match Iran and discusses his feud with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Mr. Obama and Mr. Goldberg over the nature of the turbulent Israeli-American relationship. ” [28]

“Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?”, The Atlantic , 2015

In April 2015, Goldberg published “It’s Time for the Jews to Leave Europe.” [29] Goldberg’s essay on the state of the Jewish communities in Europe, especially in light of the resurgence of anti-Semitism and attacks against Jews in Europe . [30] [31]

Historian Diana Pinto , who is of Italian Jewish descent, wrote about joining Goldberg’s article in The New Republic , arguing that its article is excessively saying. She wrote:  If a plaster cast may be permitted to speak, I would say that Goldberg and his colleagues are not describing my reality; the world is not already destroyed and the story of the Jews in Europe is not and yet to be relegated to museums or to antiquarian sites like Pompeii. ” [32]

“The Modern King in the Arab Spring”, The Atlantic , 2013

In April 2013, Goldberg published an article on the Jordanian King Abdullah and his government’s approach to reform in the wake of the 2011 protests around the Arab world. [33]

In discussion between the King and the Jordanian tribes, Goldberg quotes the King as saying “I’m sitting with the old dinosaurs today.” [33] This quote garnered a lot of controversy when published, and the King’s Royal Court even issued ” [34] However, in defending the accuracy of his quotations, Goldberg later tweeted,” I just spoke to a top official of the Jordanian royal court. He said they are not contesting the accuracy of quotations in my Atlantic piece. ” [34]

“The Point of No Return”, The Atlantic , 2010

In September 2010, Goldberg wrote the cover story for The Atlantic , which examined the potential consequences of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. [35] Based On His interviews with high-level Israeli and American government and military Officials, Including, Benjamin Netanyahu , Shimon Peres , Ephraim Sneh , Ben Rhodes , Rahm Emanuel , and Denis McDonough, Goldberg writes, “I have come to believe that the administration knows it is a near-certainty that Israel will act against Iran. State and Defense departments made clear to me-that to a nuclear-armed Iran is a serious threat to the interests of the United States, which includes its dream of a world without nuclear weapons. [35]

After reading the article, Fidel Castro invited Goldberg to Cuba to talk about the issue. [36] Goldberg published a series of items on Their interviews, Including His views on anti-Semitism and Iran, [36] Soviet-style Communism, [37] and theories were President John F. Kennedy ‘s assassination [38] When Asked by Goldberg if the Soviet-style Communism was still worth exporting, Castro famously replied that “the Cuban model does not even work for us anymore.” [37]

“The Hunted”, The New Yorker , 2010

In April 2010, Goldberg published “The Hunted,” a New Yorker article on Mark and Delia Owens, a conservationist couple based in Zambia , who was vigilant in an effort to stop elephant poachers in North Luangwa National Park. [39]Goldberg Chronicles the Owens ‘Attempts to counter the poachers’ activity in Zambia in the 1970s / 80s, which began with the creation of such programs as scouts, but the poaching continued. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat praised “The Hunted”“Goldberg builds an extensive, persuasive case that the Owenses’ much-lauded environmental activism in the Zambian hinterland led to at least one murder, and maybe more.” [40]

“In the Party of God”, The New Yorker , 2002

In October 2002, Goldberg wrote a two-part examination of Hezbollah , “In the Party of God.” [41] Part I Recounts His Time in the town of Ras al-Ein, located On in Lebanon ‘s Bekaa Valley , meeting with Hizbullah Officials, Including Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah , Hezbollah’s form spiritual leader, and Hussain al-Mussawi , founder of the now -defunct pro-Iranian Islamist militia Islamic Amal in 1982. [41] Part II examines Hezbollah’s activities in South America, specifically in the area known to the Triple Frontier , a tri-border area along the junction of Paraguay, Argentina , and Brazil . ” [42]

In 2003, “In the Party of God” won the National Magazine Award for reporting. [43] [44]

“The Great Terror”, The New Yorker , 2002

In “The Great Terror”, Goldberg investigates the nature of the Iraqi Army’s chemical attack on the Kurds in Halabja in 1988 that resulted in the deaths of between 3,200 and 5,000 people and injured 7,000 to 10,000 more, most of them civilians. [45] [46]

“The Great Terror” won the Overseas Press Club ‘s Joe & Laurie Dine Award for International Human Rights Reporting. In a March 2002 interview CNN, CIA director form , James Woolsey said, “I think Jeff Goldberg’s piece is quite remarkable, and he and the New Yorker’s a lot of credit for it.” [47]


Goldberg has conducted interviews with President Barack Obama , [27] Hillary Clinton , [48] David Cameron , [49] John Kerry , [50] Benjamin Netanyahu , [51] Isaac Herzog , [52] Marco Rubio , [53] Chris Christie , [54] Ashton Carter , [55]Ben Rhodes , [56] Yair Lapid , [57] Michael Oren , [58] King Abdullah of Jordan , [33] Ta-Nehisi Coates ,[59] David Gregory , [60] and Tom Cotton , [61] among others.

Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide 

Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide (New York: Knopf , 2006), describes Goldberg’s experiences in Israel working at the Ketziot military prison camp as well as his dialogue with Rafiq, a prisoner whom Goldberg would later befriend in Washington , DC. [62] [63] [64]

The New York Times , The Washington Post , and the Los Angeles Times named one of the best books of 2006. [65] [66] [67]

The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Realization of the humanity of the ‘other’ is at the heart of New Yorker’s magazine match Jeffrey Goldberg’s sharply observed and beautifully written memoir.” [68] The New York Times wrote, “Mr. Goldberg, a talented and ambitious writer for the New Yorker … takes an engagingly personal approach to the issue in his story of a quest for mutual understanding with a Palestinian activist who had for the bittersweet complexity of that moment, this is a genuinely admirable book. ” [69]

The Washington Post review of the book noted, “ Prisoners are Jeffrey Goldberg’s sensitive, forthright and perceptive account of his years as a soldier and journalist in Israel-and of his long-running conversation with a Palestinian-born subject. It is a forceful reminder of how rewarding, and how difficult, discourse between Israelis and Palestinians can be. “ [70] CBS News wrote,” There is no shortage of histories, polemics and policy manuals about the Middle East. An honest but complex story, from what happens to a personal perspective that many Americans can at least believe, is a rarer opportunity for insight. And that is what Jeffrey Goldberg, reporter for The New Yorker , delivers inPrisoners . Jeffrey Goldberg’s reporting on the world of the world, the publication of his first book is the cause for real pleasure … because of his writing on the subject of uncertainty, unpretentious, and at times, unexpectedly funny . ” [71]

Boris Kachka, contributor editor for New York Magazine , interviewed Goldberg in October 2006 about Prisoners in the Middle East. [72]

Views on Iraq

In 2002, Goldberg’s “The Great Terror” published in The New Yorker argued that the threat posed to America by Saddam Hussein was significant, discussing the possible connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda as well as the Iraqi nuclear program, averring that there was ” Somewhere in the world of arms-control experts on exactly how it’s going to be, but there’s no doubt that it’s going to be a disaster. of biological and chemical weapons. ” [45]

In a late 2002 debate in Slate on the question “Should the US invade Iraq, Goldberg argued in favor of an invasion on a moral basis, writing,” So: Saddam Hussein is uniquely evil, the only ruler in power today-and the first one since Hitler-to commit chemical genocide. Is that enough of a reason to remove him from power? I would say yes, if “never again” is in fact actually to mean “never again.” [73]

Glenn Greenwald called Goldberg “one of the leading media cheerleaders for the attack on Iraq”, claiming Goldberg had “compiled a record of humiliating falsehood-dissemination in the run-up to the war that rivaled Judy Miller ‘s both in terms of recklessness destructive impact. ” [74] In 2008, in an article in Slate entitled “How Did I Get Iraq Wrong?”, Goldberg explained the reasons behind his initial support of the Iraq War and wrote that he “did not realize how incompetent the Bush administration could be. . ” [75]

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