The website of The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) describes their mission at length, including that they “fight anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the U.S. and abroad through information, education, legislation, and advocacy,” “scrutinize and expose extremists and hate groups,” and amongst other things “support the Jewish state by advocating for Israel.” Very important tasks in today’s dangerous world.
Nowhere on the ADL’s website does it mention their partisan role in politics – including opposing policies of the existing Israeli government. For the National Director of the ADL to write that “Israel’s deputy defense minister, Danny Danon and Economic Minister Naftali Bennett” opposing the concept of a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict” is “troubling on several levels” is an astonishing statement. What does this internal Israeli political debate have to do with the mission of the ADL – combatting Anti-Semitism?
It is further outrageous for Abe Foxman and the ADL to state “..at a time when anti-Israel de-legitimization and boycott campaigns are growing around the world, the Danon and Bennett statements add fuel to the fire.” Implying that opponents of Palestinian State encourage Anti-Semitic boycotts is scandalous. He indicts the majority of Israelis with this statement.
The ADL should stick to fighting Anti-Semitism – not delve into the 2-state solution issue. As the CEO of a New-York based Public Relations firm, I’d be the first one to tell you that Foxman is a media master – he understands the media. And in fact, if he was concerned with the actions of Danon and Bennett, he could have called them. But that may not have served his liberal agenda.
Abe Foxman has done great work for Am Israel – but he must apologize for his latest op-ed in the pages of The Times Of Israel.