The Policy Director of the Israel Policy Forum has emerged as arguably the most active and passionate defender of Chas Freeman to head the National Intelligence Council, ferociously assaulting anyone who questions Freeman's objectivity and background. Because she criticized Freeman's appointment, IPF's Rosenberg says that Nevada Democratic Representative "Shelley Berkley is so far to the right on Israel, she ignores AIPAC and works primarily with the Likud ZOA." He urges the Obama administration to "ignore Freeman's rightwing critics. They are the same people who will oppose your efforts to secure Israeli-Palestinian peace." He says that the "only interest" of Jeff Goldberg of the Atlantic in opposing the Freeman nomination, although he is like Rosenberg a fierce AIPAC critic, is "defending the occupation and opposing the peace process." He depicts me as motivated by being a spy for Israel.

Is IPF so eager to see pressure on Israel that they will throw in their lot with a Chas Freeman and attack anyone who opposes him? Senior officials of IPF reportedly are supporting both the substance and tone of Rosenberg's attacks on Freeman critics, and do not see them as intemperate.