Why did ‘The Mooch’ meet with an Israeli Supreme Court justice?

The meeting of Anthony Scaramucci and Dalia Dorner was a chance encounter that led to an interesting discussion.

By
September 17, 2017 11:04
2 minute read.
Fromer Trump Press adviser Anthony Scaramucci (Left) and former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Dalia

Fromer Trump Press adviser Anthony Scaramucci (Left) and former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner . (photo credit: ARIEL JEROZOLIMSKI & JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

When colorful former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci tweeted a photo of himself with former Israeli Supreme Court justice Dalia Dorner last week, many people were baffled.

“With former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner last night @huntandfishnyc What an absolutely amazing woman. Google her,” Scaramucci tweeted.


A man fired after only 10 days on the job for making lewd comments about his coworkers – by an American president who famously made lewd comments – and an internationally-respected jurist and former presidential candidate? What they doing together? Dorner cleared things up on Sunday, in an interview with Army Radio, in which she said she was on vacation in New York and went to a restaurant, of which Scaramucci happens to be partial owner.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


“He was introduced to me, and he was very excited, and we had a conversation,” Dorner recounted.

Dorner described Scaramucci as “very bitter” about how his tenure as US President Donald Trump’s Communications Director abruptly ended.

“President Trump promised to support him, but that didn’t happen, as we all know,” she said.

During his first week on the job, Scaramucci described then-senior advisor to the president Steve Bannon as performing auto-fellatio in a phone conversation with New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza, among other comments that Lizza recorded and reported, which eventually led to Scaramucci’s ouster.

Scaramucci characterized the incident to Dorner as a betrayal by a friend, which Lizza has denied, saying he didn’t know Scaramucci personally.



According to Dorner, Scaramucci said “the place in which he was raised influenced his language, and in a totally private conversation with a friend, also of Italian origin, he went a little wild, and the so-called friend recorded him.”

The retired judge said she was surprised by Scaramucci’s intelligence.

“He is a sort of fulfillment of the American dream,” Dorner said. “He grew up in a hardscrabble home of Italian origin, with no books in it, and with the influence of a Jewish family whose son was his friend, he got into Harvard.”

Dorner also said Scaramucci, who was a Wall Street financier and host of TV finance shows before working with the Trump campaign in 2016, told her about a helicopter tour of Israel he took with former ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor.

Asked why Scaramucci called her an “amazing woman,” Dorner said: “I don’t know why. I was patient and listened to him; that’s all.”

Related Content

March against surrogacy law on Ayalon Highway, Tel Aviv, July 22, 2018.
July 23, 2018
Surrogacy and equality: The acute emotional pain of childless families

By JPOST EDITORIAL