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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Undiplomatic behavior by a (former) American diplomat?

Oh dear me. I've gotten a report that former US ambassador to Israel and 'peace processor' Martin Indyk (pictured with Ehud Olmert - who, fortunately, was not at the conference) had a little temper tantrum at the President's Conference on Thursday. Some of the participants at the President's Conference in Jerusalem witnessed a very public display of uncivil and undiplomatic behavior from Indyk on Thursday afternoon around 5:30 pm. In the main entrance hall, in full view of at least 15 people, Martin Indyk went up to Professor Gerald Steinberg, the head of NGO Monitor, and began to shout at him. Indyk then turned around, made an obscene gesture with his finger, and stormed out.

This incident was apparently related to the New Israel Fund (NIF). Ex-ambassador Indyk joined NIF's board, and in 2010, his effort to get NIF funding in Australia was cancelled after a series of embarrassments. Indyk wrote a crude column directed at the head of NGO Monitor, Professor Gerald Steinberg, blaming him for exposing the NIF facade. NIF tried again, as NGO Monitor published new reports detailing NIF's central role and cover-up in funding BDS-supporting anti-Israel NGOs like CWP, Adalah, etc. Apparently, the Australians did not buy the NIF-Indyk line, and this explains the emotional explosion today.

For more background on Indyk's involvement in the NIF dispute go here.

Sounds like someone needs to apologize for his temper tantrum.

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At 11:55 PM, Blogger Ashan said...

Indyk always seemed like a sniveling, nasty SOB to me. That pic says a lot. Connivers.

At 12:12 AM, Blogger biorabbi said...

Isn't he supposed to be a diplomat?

At 6:19 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

OT - well, not all the way OT - Carl, thanks for doing such a great job covering the conference. Your interesting posts will surely make more people want to try to get to Israel in upcoming years for this conference...

At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More kapos.

Knit, Madam Defarge, knit!


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