The U.S. State Department is standing behind its anti-Semitism envoy, Hannah Rosenthal. She told Haaretz last month that Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s choice not to speak to J Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization she used to advise, was “most unfortunate.” The comment prompted a minor tempest: prominent figures in the American-Jewish community questioned her fitness; Israel sounded a concerned note; and State felt compelled to confirm its total support of Oren.
Today, the department did the same with Rosenthal. “Special Envoy Rosenthal has the complete support of the department,” it asserted. “As a matter of longstanding policy the United States has supported a peaceful solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. To that end the U.S. government encourages broad dialogue among responsible partners for peace.” Looks like Uncle Sam is getting its wish.