This news is shocking mostly because I can't remember the last time that MJ Rosenberg admitted he was wrong about anything. It later appeared on the Huffington Post.
"Not surprisingly, I have been under assault by various people on the right for my vigorous criticism of AIPAC and its role in promoting confrontation with Iran. My critics are particularly irked that I use the term Israel Firster to describe people who, in my opinion, put the interests of the Israeli right above everything else. This includes politicians such as Newt Gingrich, who as far as I know, is not Jewish. Watching the AIPAC conference convinced me that I must recommit myself to fighting those who are working to lead this country and/or Israel to war in Iran.
"But I will do so without using the term "Israel Firster." The term was coined in 1960 by the late Abram Leon Sachar, founding President of Brandeis University, and a renowned Jewish historian (his son Howard Morley Sachar remains the greatest historian of contemporary Jewry) and was first used by the elder Sachar in a speech he delivered that year to a Zionist organization."It's worth remembering that the term "Israel firster" was actually first used by anti-Semites and white supremacists and popularized by David Duke. I wonder of Mr. Rosenberg had actually told the truth how popular his position would have remained among the left. On the other hand, this latest article is just another example of how often MJ changes the definition of "Israel firster" in his head as we demonstrate here. Let's not forget either that although Mr. Rosenberg claims that he is very selective with who he refers to as an "Israel firster" he will deploy at the slightest provocation or indication that someone disagrees with him, as we demonstrated here and here.
That being said, I'm not going to lie, it's nice to see Rosenberg finally admitting that he is wrong and backing down. And it wouldn't be so satisfying if it weren't for the self-righteous sneering rhetoric he has been using at every turn for months on end. He was so sure that people like Alan Dershowitz were wrong that he often told them to "go to hell" on Twitter. If only he had listened to us all those months ago when we told him that his point of view is not helping by anti-Semitic talking points, this whole thing could have been avoided.
In the meantime, he's got a lot of feathers that need collecting.