This is crazy. The Wall Street Journal runs a long piece on Mortimer Zuckerman’s disaffection with Barack Obama and goes on and on about Obama’s economic policies, but says not a word about Israel. This is irresponsible and deceptive.
The record is clear. Zuckerman is a giant Israel lobbyist who fell out with Obama over Israel. Here he attacked Obama for his “betrayal” of Israel. Here he attacked Obama for playing the Middle East “game” all wrong by pushing on settlements. In this screed, Zuckerman wrote of “the hostility President Obama has shown to Israel from the start,” praised Netanyahu as a peacemaker and bashed Obama for even mentioning the ’67 borders. WSJ’s James Freeman:
A longtime supporter of the Democratic Party, Mr. Zuckerman wrote in these pages two months ago that the entire business community was “pleading for some kind of adult supervision” in Washington and “desperate for strong leadership.” Writing soon after the historic downgrade of U.S. Treasury debt by Standard & Poor’s, he wrote, “I long for a triple-A president to run a triple-A country.”
His words struck a chord. When I visit Mr. Zuckerman this week in his midtown Manhattan office, he reports that three people approached him at dinner the previous evening to discuss his August op-ed. Among business executives who supported Barack Obama in 2008, he says, “there is enormously widespread anxiety over the political leadership of the country.” Mr. Zuckerman reports that among Democrats, “The sense is that the policies of this government have failed. . . . What they say about [Mr. Obama] when he’s not in the room, so to speak, is astonishing.”