In this extremely polarized political environment, where people on either side of an issue see it as a war of all against all, and they’re willing to use any tool that comes to hand, what we’ve seen is that includes anti-Semitism. That is to the detriment of the broader cause of fighting anti-Semitism.
For many years, many of us in this [national security] field have raised the question of, "Why aren’t there more women speaking at this conference?" Or, "Why aren’t there more women around the conference table in the [Situation] Room?" The answer often is, "I couldn’t think of any." At this point, given the growth of women’s presence in the field, that is an inadequate answer.
The risk of releasing an economic vision without the accompanying political vision is that it will smell to many Palestinians, and perhaps others in the region, like another attempt to buy off core Palestinian demands.