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Submitted by Sheldon Tyber (United States), May 5, 2009 at 12:46

I am an outspoken Zionist. I appreciate the work of the MEF, and Daniel Pipes in general. However, a mantra oft-repeated in Mr. Pipes' stated positions is that the U.S. must support Israel since it is in the best interests of the U.S. to do so. I agree with that position wholeheartedly. Nonetheless, the message is undercut by the MEF's employment of Mr. Rosen. I haven't seen any argument denying that Mr. Rosen provided U.S. state secrets to external bodies.

One can argue that providing those secrets posed no threat to U.S. security. Even assuming that (and that's a large assumption), the decision was not Mr. Rosen's to make unilaterally. Moreover, the case was dropped, but not because anybody suddenly feels Mr. Rosen's actions were in the best interests of the U.S. If we want to promote support of Israel for reasons of U.S. interests, we need to stick to that line. Despite the fact that Mr. Rosen has been a stalwart supporter of Israel, and my appreciation of that support, I think we need to recognize "the bigger picture". Don't worry for Mr. Rosen, he'll certainly be in demand. But his employment as a fellow of MEF has the potential to be very harmful to Israel's support in the U.S., esp. among moderate or weak supporters.

Sheldon Tyber
Toronto, CANADA

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Daniel Pipes replies:

"I haven't seen any argument denying that Mr. Rosen provided U.S. state secrets to external bodies."

You could not have been paying much attention to the case. The crux of the defense argument is that Rosen and Weissman (1) did not knowingly provide state secrets and (2) what they did is in complete comfority with what is done thousands of days in Washington - trade infomation.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
Congratulations [39 words]Seamus MacNemiMay 17, 2009 20:58155659
Under the sun, nothing is new [73 words]E. J. BlumbergMay 7, 2009 21:17155097
Am I surprised ? Not at all ! [122 words]Anne-Marie DelcambreMay 7, 2009 03:33155058
Kudos to Steve [27 words]Bibi LapureeMay 6, 2009 19:17155042
STANDING UP IS HARD TO DO. [185 words]mannyMay 6, 2009 16:37155038
Temporary Respite from the Enemies of Israel [259 words]M. ToveyMay 6, 2009 13:00155029
Glad for America. [154 words]batya daganMay 5, 2009 18:12154984
Standing with Steven J. Rosen [13 words]SophieMay 5, 2009 17:51154982
We need friends ! [156 words]HannaMay 7, 2009 13:31154982
Shame [45 words]Bernard FreedmanMay 5, 2009 14:18154973
I support Rosen [44 words]Joe GelmanMay 6, 2009 13:33154973
Hiring Rosen was a Very Good decision [47 words]Mark SMay 5, 2009 14:01154971
relief [15 words]eric zornbergMay 5, 2009 13:58154970
Congratulations [23 words]Dan FisherMay 5, 2009 13:54154969
Truth, Justice and the American Way [75 words]Rebecca MouldsMay 5, 2009 13:26154968
Pipes & MEF demonstrated integrity and moral courage [39 words]Moshe Even-ShoshanMay 5, 2009 13:23154967
Well Done! [18 words]Felipe OrnelasMay 5, 2009 13:14154966
Standing with Steve Rosen [190 words]isaacMay 5, 2009 13:10154965
Counter-Productive [220 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Sheldon TyberMay 5, 2009 12:46154964
Lawrence Franklin [21 words]Murray OrbuchMay 5, 2009 12:27154963
DO NOT FORGET FRANKLIN [66 words]MannyMay 7, 2009 09:29154963
Fine [23 words]John W. McGinleyMay 5, 2009 11:02154959
Yashar Koach [58 words]Donna Robinson DivineMay 5, 2009 10:53154958
steve rosen [55 words]sue panitchMay 5, 2009 09:02154954
FBI's David Szaidy would do Victor Hugo's Javert in Les Miserable proud. [150 words]Denis BieberMay 5, 2009 08:46154953

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