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    • Morris Valentine
    • 28.12.09 | 03:15 (IST)

    The 'Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism', according to its own website, 'advocates U.S. policy on anti-Semitism both in the United States and internationally, develops and implements policies and projects to support efforts to combat anti-Semitism.' So, such is its brief, and it is therefore the brief of its head, Ms Rosenthal. Now, would someone please tell me how her criticism of Israel's ambassador to the US, over his lack of support for a particular US lobby, fits within her brief? It doesn't, of course - Ms Rosenthal greatly exceeded her authority. Criticism at an ambassadorial level ought come from the US Sec'y of State, Ms Clinton, or from the President himself. And any criticism ought to be over matters of bilateral or international interest - and again, Ms Rosenthal misses the target. And despite the profuse apology from 'senior US government officials', one must wonder if this was another anti-Israel trial balloon lofted from the top floor of the White House. MV

    from the article: U.S. official's criticism of Israel ambassador sparks furor
    First published 22:23 26.12.09 | Last updated 11:06 27.12.09
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