Mitchell Plitnick, a political analyst and writer, is the president of ReThinking Foreign Policy. He is the author, with Marc Lamont Hill, of Except for "Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics," published in February 2021 by The New Press.
Mitchell's previous positions include vice president at the Foundation for Middle East Peace, Director of the US Office of B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, and Co-Director of Jewish Voice for Peace. His writing has appeared in Ha’aretz, the New Republic, Responsible Statecraft, The New Arab, Middle East Report, LobeLog, the San Francisco Chronicle, +972 Magazine, Outlook, and other outlets. He has spoken all over the country on Middle East politics, and has regularly offered commentary in a wide range of radio and television outlets including PBS News Hour, the O’Reilly Factor, i24 (Israel), Pacifica Radio, CNBC Asia and others.
Plitnick graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in Middle Eastern Studies and wrote his thesis on Israeli and Jewish historiography. He earned his Masters Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park's School of Public Policy.
Areas of Interest
U.S. Foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East; U.S. politics; Israel-Palestine; Antisemitism; Guns; militarism; racism; Islamophobia
Links / Articles
- Rethinking Foreign Policy
- “The Israel Lobby” in Perspective (MERIP)
- "The Cold Realities of US Policy in Israel-Palestine" (MERIP)
- "The US has no strategy for ending the standoff with Iran" (Mondoweiss)
- "Biden push for Saudi-Israeli normalization reflects misreading of domestic and international politics" (Mondoweiss)
- "Criticizing Israel Is No Longer Political Suicide" (Mondoweiss)
- "How Donald Trump Exposed AIPAC" (New Republic)
- "Why is Israel MIA on Ukraine-Russia crisis?" (Responsible Statecraft)
- "Top Israeli military officials say Trump’s Iran deal exit was a ‘mistake,’ bad for Israel" (Responsible Statecraft)
- "Israel, the UAE, & Bahrain didn’t sign peace deals, they’re military alliances to counter Iran" (Responsible Statecraft)