How 'The Mooch' Ended Up Meeting an Israeli ex-Supreme Court Justice

Anthony Scaramucci tweets photo of himself with Dalia Dorner at New York restaurant, sparking speculation about purpose of their meeting

Amir Tibon
Amir Tibon
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WASHINGTON - Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci captivated the Israeli and Jewish-American twittersphere in Israeli and Jewish-American circles on Wednesday after publishing a photograph of himself with former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner.

Above an image of the two seated together in a restaurant, Scaramucci – who served very briefly in the Trump administration and is best known by his nickname “The Mooch” – tweeted to his 850,000 followers: “With former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner last night @huntandfishnyc What an absolutely amazing woman. Google her.”

The Manhattan restaurant is partly owned by Scaramucci. He did not add further details on how the two came to meet or what they discussed during their conversation.

It transpired that Dorner’s meeting with Scaramucci was coincidental. Dorner was dining at the Midtown restaurant with a friend when Scaramucci was made aware of her presence. The two spoke for a few minutes concerning legal issues (Scaramucci is a Harvard Law School graduate) and Israel – a country Scaramucci is a fan of, according to the head of one right-wing, pro-Israel U.S. group.

Dorner is regarded as one of the most influential justices to have sat on the Supreme Court in the last two decades (she served from 1993 to 2004). She was devoted to protecting human rights and civil liberties, and, after retiring from the top court, became president of the Israel Press Council – an organization concerned with protecting press freedoms in Israel.

She also ran for the Israeli presidency in 2014, but received only 11 percent of the vote in the Knesset, losing out to Reuven Rivlin.

Reached by Haaretz on Thursday morning, Dorner confirmed the abovementioned details. However, she said she could not provide further details on the contents of her conversation with The Mooch because she had promised an “exclusive interview” to one of Israel’s top-rated radio stations. “Everyone wants to hear about it,” she explained.

Former Supreme Court President Dalia Dorner in 2014.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

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