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Sundown: Praise From Strange Quarters

Plus blaming the Orthodox, Oren and the Lakers, and more

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• A former Mossad director was unusually effusive in his praise for President Obama’s handling of the crisis at Israel’s Cairo embassy last weekend. [Ben Smith]

• Christians United for Israel was unusually effusive in its praise for Obama’s pledge to veto a Palestinian statehood resolution in the U.N. Security Council. [JTA]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government says it plans to respond to Turkish rhetoric with silence in an effort not to further exacerbate tensions. [Haaretz]

• Blogger Richard Silverstein: leftist ideologue, or one-man Mideast WikiLeaks? [Forward]

• Some Orthodox Jews were turned off by the official Democratic response to the Weprin loss, which was in part to, well, blame it on the Orthodox. [Ben Smith]

• The last interview Tony Judt ever gave makes me sad, because he is more unfair to Israel than I usually thought of him as being. Here, for the record, is an interview I did with him about a month prior. [The Atlantic]

Why did Israeli ambassador Michael Oren leave his speech at the University of California, Irvine, early last year? It wasn’t because of the pro-Palestinian protesters; it was because of tickets to the Los Angeles Lakers game. Doesn’t he know what happens when Jews go to Lakers games?

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Tony Judt’s interview is correctly described by Jeff Goldberg as:

“What comes through, more than anything else, is Tony Judt’s contempt for Jews, his blatant dishonesty, and his support for the radical Arab vision of a Judenrein-Middle East.”


“a look at the deeply-unhinged thoughts of Tony Judt (Israel should negotiate with Hamas and also cease to exist because it is the worst country in the history of mankind, that sort of thing),”

“Unfair”? That’s all you consider that Judt interview?

I’m sorry, but if you can read that interview and conclude that Judt was not a despicable, self-hating Jew (yes, I said it), there’s something wrong. If Pat Buchanan gave this interview, and he might, you would rightly call him an antisemite, so I fail to see why Judt gets a reprieve just because of his forebears.

Also, Tony Judt, anti-peace warmonger. Because that’s all his favored policies would promote, despite his “do gooder” pose.


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Sundown: Praise From Strange Quarters

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