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February 17, 2015 12:22 am

Once Again, Abe Foxman and the ADL Oppose Israel

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ADL National Director Abraham Foxman. Photo: Justin Hoch.

Abraham Foxman. Photo: Justin Hoch.

Uncle Abe Foxman is at it again – undermining the democratically elected Prime Minister of the State of Israel. Foxman, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, urged Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel his upcoming March 17 speech to a joint session of Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat, saying that the speech is “….a tragedy of unintended consequences.”

Foxman claimed that the speech, “…has been hijacked by politics. Now is a time to recalibrate, restart, and find a new platform and new timing to take away the distractions.”

What has been hijacked by politics is Foxman’s ADL – which is a left-wing, uber-liberal organization that backs the Democratic party on their policies, irrespective of what is good for the Jews. On domestic and foreign policy issues, the ADL has moved so far away from its purported purpose of combating “anti-Semitism,” that it leaves many wondering what they do.

As an aside, Foxman’s criticism of Netanyahu’s pre-election speech is also because Netanyahu is a conservative – and Foxman has stated that those who oppose a two-state solution encourage anti-Semitism, boycotts against Israel, and are bad for Israel.

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The ADL’s blind support of Obama will naturally continue with Jonathan Greenblatt, who will become the organization’s new President in July 2015. A current White House staffer in one of the most anti-Israel administrations in history, Greenblatt is Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Domestic Policy Council. Surely this liberal will continue with Foxman’s left-wing agenda.

It’s sad to see the ADL in constant lock-step with the Obama Administration. In a separate incident this week, Jonathan Tobin, an editor at Commentary Magazine, noted that the ADL has crossed the line with their new report, which claims that Obama’s critics have unleashed a”toxic atmosphere of rage in America” since Obama’s election. As Tobin notes, free-speech and criticism is not hateful and “the ADL has stepped over a line that a nonpartisan group should never cross.” He is right.

For so long, the ADL – and countless other liberal American-Jewish organizations – have blindly supported Democratic policies. Whether one supports Netanyahu politically or not, he has the obligation to constantly fight against a nuclear Iran. As Netanyahu once said, “The truth is that if Israel were to put down its arms there would be no more Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms, there would be no more war.”

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  • Stan Nadel

    Anyone who says the ADL is a ” left-wing, uber-liberal organization” has to be nuts–the ADL used to cooperate with the FBI in spying on real left-wing organizations and has not moved to the left since then.

  • Jonathan H

    The article states that “Uncle Abe Foxman is at it again – undermining the democratically elected Prime Minister of the State of Israel.” In the meantime Netanyahu is coming to the Congress to try to undermine the democratically elected President of the United States. And imagine that he claims to represent U.S. Jews most of whom are Democrats who voted for the President. He has his head screwed on backwards! No wonder j-street is gaining more and more support from Jewish Americans!

    • dante

      unlike obama, netanyahu is not petty and petulant and, even if he were, he would not allow personal animus to dictate state policy. the issues at stake are too consequential. only a fool or a small-minded, in-the-bag political partisan could believe that netanyahu comes to the u.s. to “undermine” the u.s. president. it’s NOT about personalities. it’s about policy!

      netanyahu would like nothing better than great personal relations with the pres. and great state-to-state relations. but, he cannot pretend that a disastrous deal with iran is anything other than a disaster.

      and, if even if one were inclined to believe the best about the contemplated deal with iran, one must bear in mind this administration’s foreign policy record: the russia reset, ukraine, syria, turkey, egypt, libya, china, iran (other issues, including indifference to the iranian democracy/human rights struggle). with a record like this, there is no rational basis upon which one can repose confidence in obama.

  • MARKUS E BRAJTMAN

    ARE THE US JEWS SO STUPID? WHY DO THEY ALLOW FOXMAN AND OTHERS LIKE HIM, TO DO SO MUCH DAMAGE TO ISRAEL?

    TIME FOR THE ISRAEL LOVING US JEWS, TO GET RID OF ADL AND OTHERS, WHO ARE IN FACT, SPREADING JEW HATRED AND HATRED OF ISRAEL.

    WHY DO THE US JEWS SIT BACK AND ACCEPT FOXMAN?
    AND NOW THERE WILL BE A WORSE IDIOT TAKING OVER FROM FOXMAN.
    WHY ARE THE US JEWS KEEPING QUIET

    DESTROY ADL AND ANY OTHER ORGANISATIONS LIKE THEM
    I AM SURE THERE ARE MANY MILLIONS OF US JEWS WHO CARE ABOUT ISRAEL. DO SOMETHING NOW, BEFORE THE OTHER IDIOT TAKES OVER ADL.
    THEY ARE PLAYING INTO TTHE HANDS OF OBAMA.

    • asherpat

      A. Who said that Jews are smart and clever?
      B. US and UK Jews have been contaminated by the liberal ideas by the Reform Movement. White-guilt, self-hatred, Marxism, etc. now reflect on their attitude to Israel. Fifth-column organisations such as J-Street and the duplicitous New Israel Fund are a good indicator.

      And even in Israel, many people are willing to commit national suicide by voting for an imposter-Zionist party – the so called “Zionist Camp” – “It’s Zionism, Jim, but not as we know it.”

      Dark times are ahead.

  • Herbert Eisner

    Who elected the leaders of these organizations. these hockers and schvitzers represent themselves. honor, glory and money is what they seek.

  • Richard Kirschenbaum

    So what doesn’t have a political side? And just what is everybody so afraid that Natanyahu is going to say besides what everybody knows is the truth to wit:

    A mad dog nation named Iran makes no secret that it is planning a second holocaust and has the will and the resources to carry it out. Placing one’s trust in Obama’s ability to dissuade such a nation from its present course is an exercise in criminal nativity that for Israel might well be suicidal. We cannot afford a replay of Munich in 1938 with Obama in the Chamberlain role and ourselves in the role of the Czechs.

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