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November 11, 2009
Obama's type of anti-Semitism fighter
Who better to fight anti-Semitism for President Obama than someone who is not too keen on Israel defending itself from its anti-Semitic neighbors?
Laura Rozen, one of the most astute foreign affairs journalist, is reporting that Barack Obama may be on the verge of finally getting around to appointing an envoy to combat anti-Semitism. The post has remained vacant since he assumed office, despite a massive world-wide increase in anti-Semitism and his endless praise for Islam.
The rumored envoy, Hannah Rosenthal, does not care much for Israel -- the home of half the world's Jews, with plenty of anti-Semites (three hundred million or so) surrounding it. Furthermore, she is on the advisory council of J Street and J Street PAC -- groups that pose as being pro-Israel but have certainly advocated positions that many have found inimical to the safety and security of Israel. Rozen writes:
Here is what Hannah Rosenthal wrote just last year (when Ehud Olmert was Israel's Prime Minister, a softy who made incredibly generous offers to the Palestinians-that were rejected):
Rosenthal seems to have disdain for Americans who recognize the reality: that Israel has to have the flexibility and freedom to resort to military means to protect her citizens. Recall that she wrote this column after Israel had absorbed thousands of missiles from Gaza, from Lebanon, and been subject to rounds of suicide attacks from the West Bank. She feels rather ashamed of Israel's actions and embarrassed that Americans (specifically Jewish Americans) would continue to support our embattled ally.
So Miss Rosenthal seems to have problems with Israel defending itself from terror attacks. She seems to have disdain for George W. Bush, whose popularity in Israel, was at sky-high levels. She places unbridled faith in Barack Obama and the approach he would take toward the region (an approach that has been almost universally declared, even by liberal outlets such as the opinion pages of the Washington Post, as an abject failure). Obama is considered to be a friend by only four percent of Jewish Israelis who, because their lives or at stake (as opposed to their liberal vanity) have a much clearer view regarding who is a friend and who is a foe.
Does Ms. Rosenthal, Obama's possible envoy on anti-Semitism, realize who is a friend or foe of the Jewish people?
Shouldn't that be a job requirement for someone charged with combating anti-Semitism? Shouldn't pride in the state of Israel, home to half the world's Jewish population, be important?
Or is it just enough to engage in over the top praise for Barack Obama?
Abraham Foxman, a survivor of the Holocaust and the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (the main organization fighting anti-Semitism around the world) took exception to Rosenthal's column excerpted above. Foxman was incredulous that Rosenthal refused to recognize all the peace-makers and peace-promoters that were at the event that prompted her column.
Foxman goes on to write that he is incredulous that Rosenthal has not heard the wide diversity of voices within the Jewish community over the years, but seems intent on purveying an image of Jewish Americans as being war-mongerers.
Is that a good sign, that the man who was victimized by anti-Semitism and has spent his life fighting anti-Semitism, has problems with the one person President Obama sees as being qualified to combat anti-Semitism.
This is just one more pick by the President that has led to many (especially the Israelis) to wonder about his claim to be pro-Israel. It is also one more step forward by J Street, a group with ties to George Soros, in their reach for power in Washington, D.C.