Yup, you guessed it, Jeffrey “The Brain” Goldberg. You see, Jeffrey’s on the journalistic gravy train over the Hannah Rosenthal story accusing her of being “dopey” for attacking Israeli ambassador, Michael Oren for his refusal to participate in J Street’s first conference and his subsequent lies about J Street being against “every policy of every Israeli government.” Rosenthal had the temerity to call Oren’s refusal “unfortunate.” Apparently, that’s a hangin’ offense as far as the Israel lobby is concerned.
And yes, Jeffrey, you’re carrying water for Mort Klein, Malcolm Hoenlein and the Aipac boys on this one. They all want her scalp. And you do too because you smell blood in the pro-Israel water.
One of Goldberg’s arguments claiming that opposition to the nominated anti-Semitism czar is bi-partisan is Alan Solow’s blast against her. Solow claims to be a liberal Dem and supported Obama’s presidential campaign. But The Atlantic’s Jewish politics maven neglected one small fact about Solow’s statement. It probably wasn’t written by Solow at all. Much more likely it was written for him by that doyenne of the Jewish neocon movement, Malcolm Hoenlein, who is the power behind the Conference of Presidents (which Solow chairs). So much for the “Get Hannah” movement being an equal opportunity bi-partisan cabal.
You’re dead-wrong, Jeffrey, about both Rosenthal’s brain power and the appropriateness of her comments. Michael Oren is a liar. As such, he had Rosenthal’s comments coming to him. He lied about J Street and he lied in his comments about Nofrat Frenkel’s arrest at the Kotel (why no word from you about Oren’s “misspeaking” on that incident, Jeffrey?). Or is protecting the ass of your personal pal, Michael Oren one of your job descriptions over there at The Atlantic?
You know who else called Rosenthal stupid? That other Israeli neocon “brain” Shmu Rosner:
(It) seems quite obvious that Rosenthal isn’t smart…
Not only that, Shmu’s just written a new smear of Rosenthal for JPost which breathlessly exposes a “new problem” she has. What’s the problem? No, there are no revelations about all expense paid trips to Iran or weekends at Osama’s Afghan ranch. Rosenthal’s new problem is that she actually has supporters in the blog world. Supporters who are…[drumroll please] ANTI-ISRAEL! Whoo. Who are these Israel haters? Andrew Sullivan for one. And Phil Weiss and Steve Walt. Anti-Semitn’ every one!
I couldn’t help expressing my chagrin at being excluded from the club as I’ve defended Rosenthal as well. What, I wondered, had I done wrong to be left off Shmu Rosner’s enemies list? Insufficiently critical of Israel, perhaps? Or maybe I’m not a big enough target, in which case I beg you dear Reader to drum up more readership for this blog so we can make it on Shmu’s anti-Israel blog list.
There’s one other unfortunate fact I’ve noticed about the campaign to Get Hannah: have you noticed anything about the gender of her major detractors? Yup, all old Jewish guys: Hoenlein, Klein, Goldberg, Rosner, Solow. The cracks about her being “dopey,” “not smart,” etc. begin to reek of women-baiting.
Not a single female Jewish leader criticized her. Or perhaps its a man’s man’s man’s man’s Jewish world out there and there are no female Jewish leaders left since Golda and Shoshana Cardin left the stage. At any rate, this bit of unseemly piling on against Rosenthal bespeaks too much pro-Israel testosterone. You know what it is that the Jewish boys don’t like about Hannah? She speaks her mind. And what can be worse for a nice Jewish girl than speaking her mind in a boychik’s world. A shande! Get that girl and put her in her place, back knitting yarmulkes and baking babke where she belongs.
Someone ought to tell the boys to cut out the bullying. It’s unseemly. Didn’t your Jewish mothers ever teach you any manners?