Smearing Biden

Because you can only trot out the same smears against Obama so many times I guess, John Podhoretz has, awkwardly I might add, decided to move on to smearing Joe Biden with patent falsehoods:

A friend in Washington e-mails a quote about a confrontation between then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Joseph Biden, that would have occurred in the summer of 1982. The quote comes from a piece by Moshe Zak, one-time editor of the Hebrew paper Ma’ariv, that appeared in the Jerusalem Post on March 13, 1992 (sorry, no link):

 In a conversation with Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, after a sharp
confrontation in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the subject
of the settlements, Begin defined himself as “a proud Jew who does not
tremble with fear” when speaking with foreign statesmen.

During that committee hearing, at the height of the Lebanon War, Sen.
John Biden (Delaware) had attacked Israeli settlements in Judea and
Samaria and threatened that if Israel did not immediately cease this
activity, the US would have to cut economic aid to Israel.

When the senator raised his voice and banged twice on the table with
his fist, Begin commented to him: “This desk is designed for writing,
not for fists.  Don’t threaten us with slashing aid.

Riiiiight. Sure John, a “friend” sent you that in an email.

Anyway, snark aside, are we really supposed to believe that a Senator could get into a heated exchange with the Israeli Prime Minister in a Senate hearing and everyone would just completely forget about it? If this happened, wouldn’t it be one of those enduring points of biography Biden would carry around forever?

Sweet Jeebus he even has Marty Peretz making sense.