According to Israeli leftist paper Haaretz, which has no love for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti Defamation League, who thinks Barack Obama has Israel’s best interests at heart, even when Obama called not just for Israel to return to the suicidal pre-1967 borders, but more suicidally, new borders “based on the 1967 lines,” has decided that Netanyahu should cancel his speech to a joint meeting of Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat.
“It’s a tragedy of unintended consequences,” Foxman told the Forward, noting Obama supporter Jon Stewart had mocked Netanyahu’s appearance and Obama’s reaction, which Foxman said “turned the whole thing into a circus … One needs to restart, and it needs a mature adult statement that this was not what we intended.
Foxman continued to decry the projected speech: “It 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.”
The ADL chief suggested that Netanyahu speak to Congress after the March 17 elections in Israel or speak privately with politicians in Washington.
Foxman, of course, is the same man who defended Vice President Biden after Biden described predatory bankers as “Shylocks,” saying:
When someone as friendly to the Jewish community and open and tolerant an individual as is Vice President Joe Biden, uses the term “Shylocked” to describe unscrupulous moneylenders dealing with service men and women, we see once again how deeply embedded this stereotype about Jews is in society.
He later followed with this:
There is no truer friend of the Jewish people than Joe Biden. Not only has he been a stalwart against anti-Semitism and bigotry, but he has the courage and forthrightness to admit a mistake and use it as an opportunity to learn and to teach others about the harmful effects of stereotypes. He has turned a rhetorical gaffe into a teachable moment.
It is no surprise that Foxman would take Obama’s side against Netanyahu; as former editor of Commentary magazine Norman Podhoretz once said of Foxman: “Of course, Mr. Foxman has a long history of seeing an anti-Semite under every conservative bed while blinding himself to the blatant fact that anti-Semitism has largely been banished from the Right in the past 40 years, and that it has found a hospitable new home on the Left, especially where Israel is concerned.”