Monday, May 23, 2011

MJ Rosenberg Goes Off the Deep End

MJ Rosenberg has written a rant for the Huffington Post in response to Obama's speech and the fallout in both Israel and America that reveals far more about him than it does about the things he's writing about. The article shows why Rosenberg is writing for the Huffington Post and not a real newspaper like the New York Times or the Washington Post. It's titled "The Fake Outrage of the Israel-Firsters" and as you might expect it encompasses a long series of ad hominem attacks against anyone who disagrees with Rosenberg about Israel.

What's funny about this article is that a lot of it I agree with. Rosenberg points out that Obama's statement about the 1967 armistice lines as a basis for negotiations is not anything new and has been part of the deal for as long as the peace process has gone on. This is very true. But once he's done with the facts, he moves into his trademark Jewish conspiracy theory. Let's take a look.

"As the Wall Street Journal reported in an article called "Jewish Donors Warn Obama on Israel," a tiny (but incredibly well-heeled) group of donors told Obama in advance that any deviation from the line laid down by Netanyahu would cost Obama campaign contributions. The article quotes a bunch of fat cats, unknown to most Jewish Americans who essentially threatened Obama."

If you read the Wall Street Journal article Rosenberg linked to, you will find no such Elders of Zion conspiracy theory contained within it. You will instead read, and I invite you to do so, that Jewish donors are telling Obama that he is perceived to not be a friend to Israel, and therefore might not get donations from Jewish donors. This is not shocking news. If a politician is considered to not be a friend to teachers, teachers will be less likely to donate to that politician's campaign. But Rosenberg, for some reason, decides to spin this obvious fact into a centralized Jewish conspiracy controlling Obama and forcing him to obey Netanyahu 100%, something that never appears in the WSJ article. Rosenberg, as usual, would prefer to believe a powerful shadow lobby is controlling the President rather than face the reality that the President doesn't agree with him. Really sad to see.

After that doozy of a lie, Rosenberg drops the insult of "Israel-firster" three times:
"And the Israeli firsters went ballistic...But then the robotic Israel-firsters switched their line as quickly as Red 1930s folk singers changed their lyrics when Moscow complained of deviation...The Israel-first crowd has decided on two things..."
 as he rants against AIPAC and those Jews who dared disagree with Obama about how to handle the Israel/Palestinian conflict.

What kind of Jew would accuse anyone who disagrees with him of disloyalty to America, as the title of "Israel-firster" implies? There is a huge range of opinion in AIPAC about how to support Israel, but according to Rosenberg, if you step into that conference, you are a disloyal American. This kind of blatant lying and pathetic insults should be more at home in a fringe blog (like this one! Hiyo!) or Twitter feed than posted on one of the most widely read sites in the world. Rosenberg thinks he is helping Israel by demanding his perfect solution for it, but all he is really doing is reinforcing anti-Semitic beliefs about the Elders of Zion controlling governments and accusing thousands of Americans of disloyalty solely on the basis of their support for one of America's greatest allies. If he really wants to help Israel and his fellow Jews, he should shut his trap before he does any more damage.


  1. I wonder if he's managed to waddle out of the AIPAC buffet yet?

  2. Oh Shit, get your Hasbara buds. Its time for "" Check this out:

    WASHINGTON—State Department diplomat Nelson Milstrand, who appeared on CNN last week and offered an informed, thoughtful analysis implying that Israel could perhaps exercise more restraint toward Palestinian moderates in disputed territories, was asked to resign Tuesday. “The United States deeply regrets any harm Mr. Milstrand’s careful, even-tempered, and factually accurate remarks may have caused our democratic partner in the Middle East,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an unequivocal condemnation of the veteran foreign-service officer’s perfectly reasonable statements. “U.S. policy toward Israel continues to be one of unconditional support and fawning sycophancy.” Milstrand, 63, will reportedly appear at an AIPAC conference to offer a full apology as soon as his trial concludes and his divorce is finalized.

  3. This requires Hashbara, not Hasbara

  4. According to good ol' MJ Rosenberg, Matt and Zack are the problem and shouldn't exist.

    How not very surprising. Free speech for me but not for thee.

    And if you don't agree with him, you're a Jew ahem a Zionist who favors Israel over America.


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