About Cutting Through

Cutting Through is Mitchell Plitnick’s Substack. It currently features a newsletter that will increase its publishing schedule in 2024. We also intend to add more features, including interviews with notable activists, advocates, leaders, writers, and thinkers.

Cutting Through focuses mainly on United States policy in Israel and Palestine, but includes other issues of both foreign and domestic U.S. policy.

About Mitchell Plitnick

Mitchell Plitnick, has been a political analyst and writer for over twenty years. He is the president of ReThinking Foreign Policy, and 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, Middle East Eye, The New Arab, Middle East Report, Mondoweiss, the San Francisco Chronicle, +972 Magazine, The Battleground, 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, Al Jazeera, the O’Reilly Factor, Al Hurra, the Middle east Broadcasting Network, Democracy Now, i24 (Israel), Pacifica Radio, CNBC Asia and others.

Mitchell 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.

You can find him on Twitter @MJPlitnick.

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President of ReThinking Foreign Policy and author, with Marc Lamont Hill, of "Except for Palestine," due out in February 2021 from the New Press.