Rav Yaakov Mencken of Cross Currents is, as we all know, not the most sophisticated writer on the block. He seems quite easy to outrage and is always read with a biased screed against his perceived enemies. His latest piece, once again attacking the Women of the Wall and giving them attention they don't deserve, raises an interesting point on his thinking.
In short, he notes the emerging awareness that Women of the Wall is connected to leftists groups, some of whom are anti-Israel. I certainly agree with him that these kinds of things should be noted. If the WoW's are taking aid and succour from groups that would like to see the Wall on the Arab side of the barbed wire fence then people should be made aware of this. After all, I doubt most people who are sympathetic to the WoW's would agree with losign the Wall to Judaism entirely.
But take a step back and wonder. Rav Mencken is, no doubt, an upstanding UltraOrthodox Jew. He wears the outfit, speaks the Yeshivish and likely sways beautifully when davening. I'm also willing to bet that he loves hanging out with UltraOrthodox Jews of all types, including Chasidim. Including Satmar Chasidim.
Now let's remind ourself of the official position of the Satmar Chasidim when it comes to Israel. They are, to put it gently, rapidly anti-Israel. They have no problem with so-called Palestinian maps that show a 23rd Arab state run by unrepentant Jew-killing terrorits instead of Israel. They have no problem calling for the end of Israel and reminding people that "real Orthodox Jews" (i.e. them) are anti-Zionists. Does Rav Mencken have the same problem with them as he does with the anti-Israel groups that the WoW's hang around with?
In short, with whom would he rather associate? Zionist Riverdale or Israel-hating Williamsburg? And if it's the latter, who is he to criticize the WoW's?