Israel is increasingly linked to right-wing causes in U.S. — Haaretz

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Haaretz gets it. The more Israel gets in bed with Glenn Beck, the more American Jews rush to the aisles. And the more Israelis move to New York. Give the New York Times a few weeks, it will discover the story… Rachel Tabachnick:

Israel’s international standing and relationship with Jewish-Americans is threatened as Israel is increasingly linked to right-wing political agendas in the United States. This situation has been exacerbated as controversial American broadcaster Glenn Beck has tried to remake himself into Israel’s champion.

Beck, who is currently in Israel to lead his “Restoring Courage” rally in Jerusalem, has become a marginal and toxic figure in the United States. So much so that Fox News ended his daily show earlier this year.

Beck has used his media platforms to promote secular anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists and evangelical end-times prophets. What these two groups have in common is an obsession with Jews and the belief that Jews control and manipulate the lives and destiny of non-Jews.

17 Responses

  1. Richard Witty
    August 23, 2011, 10:29 am

    The end-times approach is wierd.

    Ultimately, it is a grossly anti-semitic movement, in regarding Jews as a means to an end, rather than as existentially worthy of any dignity, or home.

    It is a relief though to hear Christian preachers speak respectfully about Judaism for a change.

    Even if temporary, it is one less large, ideologically motivated, movement that has some basis of relaxing its harrassment of Jews.

    It would be wonderful if that were more universal.

    • James North
      August 23, 2011, 10:46 am

      Richard Witty said, ‘Here I go with my daily threadjacking, right on schedule. It is no accident that I hold the Mondoweiss record for first comments on a post.
      ‘Of course I jump at any chance to expatiate on anti-Semitism. It is part of my protective coloration, to hide the fact that I am not really a liberal Zionist.
      ‘Liberal Zionists believe the occupation of Palestine should end immediately, that it is destroying any hopes for a 2-state solution. Instead, I believe the Jewish settler/colonists should be allowed to stay on the lands they seized illegally. Then I piously call for ‘reconciliation,’ by which I mean that Palestinians should forget about the past (what happened last month) and accept the Israeli conquest. I throw in some drivel about ‘perfection of title,’ and then I turn the discussion back to anti-Semitism. As I did here.’

    • Woody Tanaka
      August 23, 2011, 11:21 am

      “It is a relief though to hear Christian preachers speak respectfully about Judaism for a change. ”

      Do you think that there are many (any??) mainstream preachers in the US who speak hatefully about Judaism??

    • Chaos4700
      August 23, 2011, 11:28 am

      LOL! “I’m glad Christian preachers aren’t bashing us, but Muslims instead. Now we’re on the same side!”

    • ehrens
      August 23, 2011, 1:00 pm

      I have been reading Mr. Witty’s remarks for several years. I am convinced he only believes a portion of the nonsense he writes and must be classified as a troll. A case in point is the “respect” that Glen Beck and John Hagee have for Jews (“It is a relief though to hear Christian preachers speak respectfully about Judaism for a change.”) Does Mr. Witty not realize that Beck is obsessed with Jewish conspiracy theories, including such putative Illuminatis as George Soros? And doesn’t our persistent troll realize that John Hagee wants nothing more than for all of us to be eliminated in his Millenialist wet dream of the Rapture? What a waste of oxygen Mr. Witty is.

      • Mooser
        August 23, 2011, 1:43 pm

        ehrens, Richard Witty’s post are almost all engendered by a personal psychological obsession he has with Phil Weiss. He seems to think Phil owes him something, and he is going to poop all over Mondoweiss until he gets it, whatever it is.
        Witty’s posts detailing his completely imaginary intimacy and connection with Weiss made that very plain.

  2. Dan Crowther
    August 23, 2011, 10:50 am

    “What these two groups have in common is an obsession with Jews and the belief that Jews control and manipulate the lives and destiny of non-Jews.”

    Are we still talking about Glenn Beck and Co. or The Likud and the Settlers?
    I think there are plenty of Jews out there equally “obsessed” with these points. Beck is a great way to deflect attention from this fact – but this is where the whole “jewish exceptionalism” nonsense has taken us. Anyone who tows the party line is welcome, Beck included. Zionism is anti-semitic, and in agreeing with its tenants, so is Glenn Beck – thats the story.

  3. pabelmont
    August 23, 2011, 10:54 am

    I like the analysis (or is it reporting of actual observations?) that the more USA-right-wingers support Israel (and vice-versa), the more USA-Jews move away from pro-Israel positions, and the more Israelis (Jews presumably) move to NYC.

    Hope this theory/observation is true, or widely believed. Has it been stated in Israeli press/blogdom?

    As to an “obsession with Jews and the belief that Jews control and manipulate the lives and destiny of non-Jews”, who inside the USA can watch the success of AIPAC and the rest of THE LOBBY (and the neocons) and not feel that this is true? Not control (mind you) by “the Jews” but by a VERY, VERY FEW VERY, VERY RICH MEN (WHO ARE JEWS AND WHO CRUSHINGLY PROMOTE A PRO RIGHT-WING ISRAELI AGENDA).

    Some Christian fundamentalists who espouse the end-times idea may (for all I know) be anti-Semites (just as the Grand Inquisitor in 1492, who required Muslims, [Protestants, ?] and Jews to become Catholics or be evicted from Spain or be burned at the stake may have been anti-Semitic — but both may merely be promoters of their own religious ideas, not anti-Jewish but pro-Christian or pro-Catholic).

    • seafoid
      August 23, 2011, 11:51 am

      “the more USA-right-wingers support Israel (and vice-versa), the more USA-Jews move away from pro-Israel positions”

      They don’t consider human rights . It’s just when someone like Beck gets on board that they get sniffy. White phosphorous is fine, just don’t go all Christian fundamental.

  4. stopaipac
    August 23, 2011, 11:21 am

    While it certainly is expected that papers like Haaretz and J Weekly in the San Francisco Bay Area would only ask what the effect of israeli government and aipac’s support for racist extremists like Beck is good for the Jewish Community exclusively, i believe they are asking the wrong question, even if their concern is only for the Jewish community. Beck’s record of supporting anti-semitic conspiracy theories is well documented, and you would think that would deter such support from the Israeli regime and the US Jewish establishment. But isn’t Beck’s anti-immigrant, anti-muslim, anti-people of color, anti-labor, pro-war rhetoric also bad for ALL of us, Jews and non-Jews?

    A simple lesson we should have learned from the 20th Century is essential for our common survival for the 21st Century. There is only us. When someone starts attacking one group, that person is attacking all of us. Beck’s attacks on immigrants hurts me, whatever my immigration status. Beck’s slanders and bigotry against Muslims and Jews and African-Americans hurts me, even if i don’t happen to be Muslim or Jewish or African-American. Because without basic human solidarity, we risk sliding into greater and greater violence, we risk the possibility of greater oppression, we risk more and more war. Stopping war is a matter of human survival.
    Why these papers cannot see that it is not just Beck’s views of Jews that is a problem for Jews, but his view of Muslims that is also a problem for Jews… and Christians, and everyone else. In short, his entire world-view is a problem. Racism is the enemy. Full human solidarity and full support for human rights for all is the only solution.

  5. yourstruly
    August 23, 2011, 11:59 am

    since both zionists and right-wingers are supremacists, no surprise they support one another

    scapegoating is what defines the supremacist. it’s easy, doesn’t challenge the existing structure and, therefore, is relatively safe, albeit, cowardly

    as opposed to those who seek a more egalitarian & just society, that is

    nothing easy or safe about that

  6. justicewillprevail
    August 23, 2011, 12:06 pm

    Beck and Israel deserve each other: a marriage made in heaven. Extreme right wingnut finds haven for his racist, paranoid, demented drivel, where such rantings are considered entirely normal, indeed are so mainstream that Israelis are flattered by his attention, thinking of the viewing figures in America.

  7. annie
    August 23, 2011, 12:26 pm

    without tracking down the exact quote and relying on my memory didn’t beck get kicked off of fox for asserting reform jews were the scourge of humanity or something. apparently not realizing aprox 80% of american jews are reform? he’s an idiot. a real idiot. i hope he starts weeping all over the stage during his big day. if people are so eager to have a celebrity on their team they opt to willing embrace beck …i don’t know how to put it. not desperate but…sorry words fail me at moments like this.

    • stopaipac
      August 23, 2011, 1:06 pm

      Annie, Beck was let go of Fox (though they still declare their love for one another) because advertisers deserted his show in droves… they basically had to do his show with very few ads. and half the audience was also lost. See this article. it was the whole of his comments that brought him down, and the diversity of people that he attacked. He always seemed to outdo himself in offensiveness from the week before.
      btw, he did not say that Reform Jews were the scourge of humanity but he did say this:

      “When you talk about rabbis, understand that most — most people who are not Jewish don’t understand that there are the Orthodox rabbis, and then there are the reformed rabbis. Reformed rabbis are generally political in nature. It’s almost like Islam, radicalized Islam in a way, to where it is just — radicalized Islam is less about religion than it is about politics. When you look at the reform Judaism, it is more about politics.”

      • annie
        August 23, 2011, 1:36 pm

        thanks… memory twisted that up a little. i must have associated his comments about ‘radicalized islam’ knowing what he thinks of that and merged it subconsciously. thanks for the link!

    • DICKERSON3870
      August 23, 2011, 4:40 pm

      RE: “without tracking down the exact quote” ~ annie

      ALEX PAREENE, Salon, 02/22/11:

      …On his radio program, while discussing George Soros, Beck says Reform Judaism is “almost like” “radicalized Islam.”
      Glenn Beck has called Soros a Nazi collaborator and claimed that the man is bent on world domination, and now he is claiming that Reform Jews are not real Jews, because many of them tend to be liberal.

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to

      ALSO SEE: Inside CUFI’s 2011 Washington “Summit”, Special to, 07/29/11
      Our eyewitness report on Christians United For Israel’s annual Washington conference

      (excerpt)…And this is where those Jews who are strong supporters of CUFI come in handy. They can criticize Jews to a far greater degree than any Christian Zionists would be willing to do. Conservative commentator Jennifer Rubin spent a great deal of her talk slamming her co-religionists for being naively liberal, and referencing her fellow panelist’s father’s book – Norman Podhoretz’s Why are Jews Liberal? – as a way to try and explain that they have fallen away from God and been captivated by the “religion of liberalism” to which the audience expressed considerable dismay. Rubin and others are useful for this kind of criticism because it allows them to express contempt for their fellow Jews, which coming out of the mouth of anyone else would, quite rightly, be considered anti-Semitism…

      ENTIRE REPORT – link to

  8. john h
    August 24, 2011, 12:04 am

    “The end-times approach is weird. Ultimately, it is a grossly anti-semitic movement, in regarding Jews as a means to an end, rather than as existentially worthy of any dignity, or home.”

    Richard isn’t all smoke and mirrors, occasionally he is close. This is from Gershom Gorenberg in “The End of Days”:

    “They don’t love the real Jewish people. They love us as characters in their story, in their play, and that’s not who we are, and we never auditioned for that part”.

    The truth is Zionists and Christian Zionists have but a marriage of convenience. Each is using the other for their own ends, and when that finishes the other will be cast off like a dirty rag. They deserve each other.

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