Had the President or Secretary of State inquired of almost anyone in the mainstream Jewish community before appointing Hannah Rosenthal the "Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism," he or she might have learned that Rosenthal, in her brief involvement in Jewish communal life, was "full of sound and fury signifying nothing." But, they didn't ask didn't ask and, in the few weeks on her new government job, she has already showed her left-wing colors ("Czar Wars," WorldNet Daily, New anti-semitism czar's first target: Israel) ... and nothing else. In the opinion of this writer, this has been Hannah's pattern. But, now, it is our country that is the "beneficiary."
Who is this Hannah Rosenthal? The daughter of a Holocaust survivor, she characterizes herself in her State Department bio as having "...led a life marked by activism and a passion for social justice." After serving as Community Relations VP of the "Wisconsin Physician Service Insurance Corporation," she jumped to the position as Executive Director of our system's JCPA, which she left in apparent disarray for the position as Executive Director of the "Chicago Foundation for Women" from 2005 to 2008. She is either (a) a member of the J Street Board or (b) the J Street Advisory Board. She listed her jobs in her biography but failed to list any accomplishments in any of these positions; she also failed to describe her service on the Board of Americans for Peace Now as well as her service with J Street.
So how is she doing in her newest position -- as "Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism?" Not well. In her first public statements while attending the Israeli Foreign Ministry Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, she attacked Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren for refusing to attend a J Street Conference and for his strong negative comments on J Street's positions. She was chastised by the State Department, in its way, which complimented Ambassador Oren, and she managed in one fell swoop to incur the anger of organizations ranging from the ADL to the Conference of Presidents.
Last week we learned that J Street had found/duped 54 of our elected representatives in Congress to publicly protest the "Israel bockade of Gaza." Happy Hannah? As The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg noted: "...the Obama official charged with monitoring worldwide anti-semitism makes her first target...the Israeli Ambassador to the United States? I'll be taking bets now on how long Hannah Rosenthal lasts in the job."
May it be a very brief time for the "Special Envoy from J Street."