Trump wasn’t anti-Semitic

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Donald Trump’s comments to the Republican Jewish Coalition yesterday about his audience including great negotiators who want to buy candidates were not anti-semitic, as a lot of liberal writers are claiming. The quips were a generalization, surely, but an accurate one.

Trump has expressed bigotry against Hispanics and Muslims, but he is surely immunized from bigotry in this case because he was describing a quality he values more than anything else, dealmaking. I don’t see how you can be anti-semitic if you’re praising a trait you love in yourself.

More important, this was a moment of truth-telling. The (mostly) men in that room are there because they’re wealthy and they’re shopping for pro-Israel candidates. I saw this same crowd at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem raising money for Mitt Romney in 2012. You didn’t get into the lunch by having good ideas. It was a $50,000-a-plate meal. Buying candidates for Israel is the name of the game. Foreign Policy wrote recently that big donors are making the pro-Israel issue the test of being Jewish– “In the Jewish community, the big donors have unnuanced views on Israel,” said one Jewish critic. Rabbi Steven Gutow of the Jewish Council on Public Affairs said a month ago that the Jewish community has given too much power to rightwing pro-Israel donors. “In our community, there is this strange hegemony of big donors demanding control of decisions.”

Again: that’s the money Trump was addressing. He knows many of them from business. The guy who introduced him even made a joke about a $10 side-bet he’d made on what Trump wouldn’t say.

You don’t think money in politics is corrupting? I do. A few weeks back Trump said that Marco Rubio would become the “perfect little puppet” of Sheldon Adelson if Adelson supports him, and it was a true statement. Rubio won’t be out-Israel’ed by anyone, as he showed yesterday in denouncing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in his speech, and saying Jerusalem will always be Israel’s capital, and he’ll shred the Iran deal. Trump to his credit did not make those promises. In fact, he got booed for refusing to say that Jerusalem must remain undivided. Though he loves Netanyahu, who can doubt that’s his real sentiment. What’s the source of his independence?  Because he’s not looking for money, he’s not bought and paid for by the Israel lobby, as Tom Friedman once wrote about the Congress.

The liberal press’s willingness to shame Trump on this point – even Matt Katz was echoing it on NPR—demonstrated the self-censoring refusal of the press to acknowledge the basis of the lobby’s power, donations. Israelis are more honest about this. As Ynet wrote not long ago, “How did American Jews Get So Rich?” and said that Jewish wealth had been essential to Israel.

There is no doubt that American Jews’ huge success helped Jews survive in Israel. “The help is beyond the actual donations,” says [Rebecca] Caspi [an executive at the Jewish Federations]. “The federal aid arrives largely thanks to the Jewish pressure.

Jodi Rudoren said at the Jewish Community Center the other night that the Israel story is an important story for her newspaper, the New York Times in part because the names of so many American Jews are on buildings and organizations in Israel. I think of Robert Kraft, Sheldon Adelson, and Irving Moskowitz, among others. American Jews spend money on Israel, here and there. When Larry Summers got pushed out of the Harvard presidency ten years back, Martin Peretz ascribed the push to”anti-Israel” and “anti-Jewish bias” and said he knew of several donations of 100s of millions of dollars that were now in jeopardy. Live by the sword, die by it.

It may be politically correct to say that Jews are no different economically than anyone else, but this defies the truth. We are the wealthiest group by religion in the United States. That Ynet article relates all the numbers, a quarter of the Forbes 400, etc. Many of the top media owners, from Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook to Brian Roberts of Comcast to the Sulzbergers of the New York Times are Jewish.

This is a long tradition. There is a rich literature on how essential Jewish contributions were to the rise of the modern nation state. “If the distinctive contribution of Jews to the construction of absolutist states lay in the realm of finance and military provisioning, their characteristic role in the development of liberal regimes was in the domain of political mobilization and opinion formation,” Benjamin Ginsberg wrote in The Fatal Embrace. In his book To Free a People, Gary Dean Best said that my ancestors were freed from Russia in part through the financial pressure of Jewish bankers on American presidents. And that furor about what a racist Woodrow Wilson was? He appointed the first Jew to the Supreme Court and co-signed the Balfour Declaration. Surely not because he loved Jews but because he sought Jewish support at the polls and, yes, too, for the war effort.

Truman’s recognition of Israel in defiance of his own State Department cannot be fully explained without noting that Abraham Feinberg and Ed Kaufman raised $100,0000 for his whistle stop tour in the subsequent election. Feinberg, who also bankrolled Kennedy, said that money was about Israel. From the Truman library:

I had already got the commitments for the $100,000 from people around the country, all of whom understood that without Truman, Israel would have had very difficult days and times trying to even come into existence. As that train went into towns where there were Jewish communities, I arranged that a Jewish delegation would ask to see the President and be received on the train and that, in as many cases as possible, they would bring him donations above these original commitments.

Feinberg also said, “Certainly, there was never any access denied me either by Truman, Kennedy, or Johnson.” That’s not because he was so charming; he was cutting deals.

Jerry Mueller wrote a scholarly book called Capitalism and the Jews which seeks to explain the affinity of Jews and modern capitalism by noting that Jews recognized the role of “knowledge and the evaluation of risk in economic life…. The economic value of gathering and analyzing information simply was beyond the mental horizon of most of those who lived off the land and worked with their hands.” That pattern persists. Ynet says that in 1970, 87% of Jewish men worked in clerical jobs, compared to 42% of all white people, and the Jews earned 72% more than the general average.

Is this a sensitive subject? Of course it is. Jewish wealth has long been a factor in anti-Semitic hatred.  But that doesn’t mean reporters should be stupid about the power of the Israel lobby or the general circumstances of American Jewry. That’s why the candidates were sucking up at the Republican Jewish Coalition. And why Trump was right to quip that he won’t be bought.

Finally, let’s be clear. The vast differences in wealth in our country go well beyond the situation of one ethnic religious group. As the most eloquent advocate for equality in our society Bernie Sanders said the other day, the 20 wealthiest people in America make as much money as the lowest 150 million. That unfairness is undermining people’s personal freedom, Sanders says angrily. And it’s not a Jewish problem, it’s the problem inherent in late capitalism. And many Jews (including Bernie) are among those working against that unfairness.

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  1. Boomer
    December 4, 2015, 10:26 am

    Eli Clifton says that the audience seemed to enjoy it: http://www.lobelog.com/trump-invokes-anti-semitic-stereotypes-and-rjc-applauds/

    That’s not surprising. There is a long tradition of appreciating (or bragging) about some things within the tribe, while tactically purporting to take umbrage when someone from the outside says the same things, even if true. Trump–though not a member of the tribe–was clearly speaking among friends. Complications of messaging arise only because these days the audience isn’t usually limited so easily (as the video of Romney demonstrated in last election). For all his many problems, on this issue at least, Trump does speak more truthfully than any other candidate.

    America deserves better politicians, and better news media.

    • Rusty Pipes
      December 4, 2015, 2:22 pm

      The NPR story opened by stating that Trump had offended the gathering. But every clip they played of Trump’s remarks were followed by laughter ( a far cry from Hillary getting booed and hissed at AIPAC some years ago for making a moderate remark about Iran). One person they interviewed afterwards complained about Trump being unwilling to commit to a united Jerusalem.

      • Citizen
        December 5, 2015, 10:24 am

        He got booed when he didn’t (unlike Rubio) automatically agree Jerusalem was owned by Israel; instead, he said the city’s status would be a subject of negotiations, part of “the deal” to come under his presidency, which he assured the audience would love. Also, here was silence when he said he didn’t know if either party was ready to make a peace deal.

      • Boomer
        December 7, 2015, 1:58 pm

        Not surprising that NPR would slant the story. Though I was pleasantly surprised to hear a piece Sunday evening about a charity’s efforts to provide cancer treatment for children in Gaza: there was candid discussion about the impediments imposed by Israel. There was a substitute host on NPR . . . maybe the B team let the story reach the air.

  2. Bandolero
    December 4, 2015, 11:10 am

    NeoCons like Adelson must be shocked by the latest polls. It seems Trump is unbeatable in the Republican camp:

    CNN/ORC Poll: Trump alone at the top again

    Donald Trump is once again alone at the top of the Republican field, according to the latest CNN/ORC Poll, with 36% of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents behind him, while his nearest competitor trails by 20 points. …

    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/04/politics/donald-trump-poll-cnn-orc-national/

    • lysias
      December 4, 2015, 3:54 pm

      I think it was the San Bernardino shootings that pushed support for Trump so high. A few more of those, and he will win.

      • Bandolero
        December 4, 2015, 4:37 pm

        Lysias

        “I think it was the San Bernardino shootings that pushed support for Trump so high.”

        That’s definitely not the case. The poll was taken before the San Bernardino shootings, just published now.

        “A few more of those, and he will win.”

        That may, or may not, be true.

      • lysias
        December 4, 2015, 5:53 pm

        Must have been Paris, then.

        And San Bernardino is the first of those few more that I hope will not materialize.

      • ckg
        December 4, 2015, 9:18 pm
      • Boo
        December 6, 2015, 5:39 pm

        And if not Paris, then by G-d it must have been Masada.

  3. Trygve
    December 4, 2015, 11:46 am

    “Rubio won’t be out-Israel’ed by anyone…” I had to smile at George Wallace’s contribution to our political discourse.

  4. Citizen
    December 4, 2015, 12:47 pm

    Actually, Trump said he doesn’t and wouldn’t have a pre-negotiation stance or condition on the status of Jerusalem. He also wondered whether either side was committed to peace.

    On another note, looks like things are changing–37% of Americans now think Israel should be sanctioned until it changes its tune on its settlements: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4734987,00.html

    • Kay24
      December 4, 2015, 1:12 pm

      The comments are hilarious. One even said that it is result of Muslims putting in money to spread anti Israeli sentiment (lies he calls it). These zionists are in so much denial and the project so much. It seems the Democrats are more intelligent than the Republicans in this matter.

    • diasp0ra
      December 4, 2015, 1:17 pm

      @Citizen

      Thank you for linking to the poll. Things really are changing, not only does the American people support a tougher stance on Israel it seems, but it also seems to be favoring a one state solution. It goes much higher when the idea of two states is dead (which it is, and the world will catch on).

      15 years or so ago it was insane to even bring up sanctioning and boycotting Israel. Now look at the state of the world. Public opinion is shifting, and it will continue to do so. Zionists may be in denial, but they are in for a rude awakening.

    • ckg
      December 4, 2015, 1:57 pm

      Thanks, Citizen. The survey was conducted by Haim Saban’s Brookings Institute. It found that 49% of Democrats support sanctions on Israel and 49% of Democrats think Israel has too much sway over American politics. I hope Haim gives the good news to his friend Hillary.

    • Trygve
      December 5, 2015, 3:23 pm
  5. David Doppler
    December 4, 2015, 1:45 pm

    The media, part of the elite and heavily influenced by the Israel Lobby, will do its best to bring Trump down, both in the primary, and, if he wins, in the general election. But Trump is clearly resonating with those from many different strata who resent the elite in part because of elite bias in favor of their their own power, whether they acknowledge that about themselves or not. The farther Trump gets, the more important fact-checking the elite media on its treatment of he who will not be bought by the Israel Lobby will become.

    One thing is certain: Trump is prepared to negotiate, appreciates the power of the media, and recognizes that his own countervailing power to deal is measured by polls now, votes, on Election Day, but thereafter if he wins by all the power vested in POTUS.

    Mondoweiss has done exemplary service in documenting media bias in the war of ideas in the ME; it has become essential reading on the subject. As the world watches Trump’s trajectory, making headway against steady and nearly unified elite media bashing, trailing off into contempt and ridicule, it will be interesting to see if Phil’s wish for a front-and-center seat at the presidential debate over the Israel Lobby turns into a face off between the Donald and the Hillary.

    • JWalters
      December 4, 2015, 4:05 pm

      The debate I’d love to see is between Bernie and Donald. Both are free from the financial elite. That would be the financial elite’s worst nightmare. No telling what the American voters might learn!

      I agree completely about the important role Mondoweiss is playing. Being free from the financial elite lets it be objective and honest.

      I also commend Mondoweiss for looking into the historical backstory of all this. As is often said, people ignorant of their history are doomed to repeat it. We are certainly facing possible doom today, and there are those who are clearly trying to fan those flames.

      It must be a bummer to be a true reporter and be constantly coerced into covering up massive crimes.

  6. Atlantaiconoclast
    December 4, 2015, 1:57 pm

    Sigh. The problem is not capitalism, but a debt based monetary system that gives seniorage to the top 1%. The Fed is the problem. It gets to create money out of nothing, then loan it to its friends at virtually zero interest, while the rest of us schmucks are stuck with 18% or higher interest rates. The Fed drives speculation, leading to booms and busts on a regular basis. The excessive flow of money to the top rung of society inflates asset prices and real estate. It devalues over time the spending power of the average person. It makes the average person dependent on financing for cars, homes, etc., especially when there is so little interest accrued with saving.

    • Keith
      December 5, 2015, 1:27 am

      ATLANTAICONOCLAST- “The problem is not capitalism, but a debt based monetary system….”

      While I certainly agree that our private, debt based financial system is a disaster, and at the root of neoliberal globalization, I am not sure to what extent our private financial system is an essential part of capitalism. If our financial system was taken over by the government and run as a utility utilizing sovereign money, would the result still be capitalism? What I am sure of is that too few people understand our financial system and the essence of our money driven political economy. This is critically important. Money is power, economic power in fluid form, the primary instrument of social control. The essence of capitalism is the monetization of power.

      • Citizen
        December 5, 2015, 10:32 am

        I agree with both Atlantaiconoclast and Keith. Maybe Elizabeth Warren would do something about it if she had the power. Jill Stein too. Certainly Ron Paul would have.

      • Rashers2
        December 6, 2015, 2:45 am

        Admittedly off-theme, which is the Donald and what his not being beholden to donors could mean for his I/P policies, I comment on the Keith and Atlantaiconoclast posts on fundamental economic questions: I’m a practitioner in what may loosely be characterised as “investment banking” – bonds, equities, corporate advisory – and have come to perceive the Western financial system as seriously flawed. It could usefully learn from Islamic financial principles: not wholly or even primarily about the problems inherent in interest or “riba” but about that for which financial capital may and may not be used. Risking greatly over-simplifying the issue, the problems caused by the ability of governments or those to whom they are beholden to create at whim money which has no legitimate basis in the underlying economy (so-called “fiat” money), the creation of which tends of itself to be inflationary, are compounded and magnified when the fiat money is then deployed to finance “assets” without substance.

        Perhaps the problem is not with capitalism itself (by this is meant the employment of financial and human capital in businesses, with the objective of earning profits) but with a financial system controlled by and designed to serve the interests of a small minority to the virtually axiomatic disbenefit of the majority, which is obliged to use the system but cannot influence its structure or operation. The difference between “conventional” (Western) financial systems and Islamic finance is not of mere form (as critics of Islamic finance often claim) but of substance: the latter is governed by certain fundamental and over-arching principles of equity which are given and accepted. Conventional finance is not and is therefore prone to gross and serial excesses, which can be tempered only by successive regulation; this, almost by definition, only after considerable economic damage has been wrought.

  7. Kay24
    December 4, 2015, 1:59 pm

    It seems those who spent over $119 million plus to wage an anti Muslim campaign, has succeeded in making more Americans hate all Muslims. Geller hate posters, anti Muslim rhetoric from Presidential candidates, the coverage by media on terrorist attacks (esp. CNN) so different when it is some non Muslim, the constant blame on all Muslims, even two bit comedians who have painted all Muslim and their religion as violent, and now this horrible killing in CA, has resulted in all Muslims feeling afraid and hated. What a sad situation.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/after-paris-and-california-attacks-us-muslims-feel-intense-backlash/2015/12/03/bcf8e480-9a09-11e5-94f0-9eeaff906ef3_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_backlash-640am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

    What next, internment camps?

  8. Kathleen
    December 4, 2015, 2:06 pm

    The Morning Joe team was trying to beat up on Trump for his “I don’t want your money” comment this morning (Friday the 4th) Joe and Mika were going ballistic about the “pandering” Then later Mika brings up why the candidates were there “” all trying to get the money.” Mike and Joe “there are no words”

    Quite the segment…Jeffrey Goldberg on

    On Thursday eve Chris Matthews closed his Hardball program by saying that the people in that room should be ashamed for going along with Trump’s effort to paint Obama as “the other”

    • JWalters
      December 4, 2015, 4:13 pm

      Morning Joe is clearly Israeli controlled territory. The silver lining in that episode to me was both Mika and Joe had to acknowledge the obvious pandering to that roomful of wealthy Jews. A hint to the public about the reality behind the scenes.

      Matthews seems to me one of the media people who knows more than he’s allowed to let on, but is ready to charge in with the facts when/if the dam starts to buckle. The public needs to keep pushing to get that buckling started.

      • Citizen
        December 5, 2015, 10:34 am

        Matthews is always ready to go as far as his boss’s latest nuance allows. He’s like a metal canary in a cave with his battery always needing a charge from his boss.

      • Kathleen
        December 5, 2015, 11:42 am

        I have had several direct verbal encounters with Chris Mattews. One at the Libby Trial and one at the Dem convention in Denver. Hey you got to give it to him willing to talk with peasants.

        At the Libby trial he was talking so loud on his cell phone about the trial that I felt he opened up a door to others. O.K. O.k I used this as an excuse. I let him know about Dr. Marcy Wheeler’s aka Emptywheel blogging of the trial. I believe she was the first blogger to be let into the recognized press room to blog about the trial. Also let him know that Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe had said that Marcy “knew more about the investigation and case than they did.” Asked him why he never reported about the Israel Palestine conflict? I think I used “accurately” He responded “I don’t control the content of the show” Yeah right he has no influence.

        If what is on the net about what Chris Matthews (5 million) and what Maddow (7 million a year) make as talking heads at MSNBC we know that their paychecks could be something they worry about by staying basically silent about that conflict and other root causes of anger towards the U.S.

      • Kay24
        December 5, 2015, 3:32 pm

        I have heard Chris Matthews on and off be critical of Israel in some way, but Maddow is quite noisy about the republicans and their shenanigans, but I have never heard her mention Israel at all, not even to criticize it’s lobbies and the influence it has over Congress.

        They are all afraid.

    • Kathleen
      December 7, 2015, 11:53 am

      K24 have read Rachel makes 7 million a year, Matthews 5 million a year. Not sure if accurate, however it that is so or even close to what they make…we all ready know they are owned.

      You think we will hear any of the MSNBC talking heads really putting Hillary Clinton’s warmongering (vote for 2002 war resolution, push for interventions in Libya and Syria) under the scope? Hell no

  9. seethelight
    December 4, 2015, 2:46 pm

    “Joe and Mika going ballistic.” Mika can be such a ditz sometimes. It’s almost shocking to realize that her father is Zbigniew Brzezinski. In 2008 Zbig was on the show and Joe started spouting his ignorance about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Zbig looked at him with amazement and said: “Your stunningly superficial knowledge of what went on makes it embarrassing to listen to you.” Poor Mika; you could see her making a slow slide in her seat. You can see the clip on youtube.

    As for Trump’s “I don’t need your money….” that must have been a bucket of ice to everyone’s face, because every politician comes before a wealthy Jewish crowd with only one plea: I. Want. Your. Money.

    I saw clips of his talk. Trump felt very comfortable because he was talking to many of the same people that he’s done business with for decades: tough-talking, hard-negotiating business people who just happen to be Jewish. Plus, he’s probably richer than all of them. When has a candidate for any national political office been richer than his audience, including this one?

    Trump’s verbal and physical mannerisms when he speaks are very New Yawk, right. (That’s not a question, it’s a way of speaking.) So this crowd, most with New York roots if not residency, understood that.

    Finally, Trump probably thinks Sheldon Adelson is a sh&t bag anyway, so he wasn’t going to take any crap from this crowd., including their money.

    • Kathleen
      December 5, 2015, 11:46 am

      Morning Joe brings up this encounter with Dr. Zbig quite often. Mika seems to be keeping her mouth shut even more lately.

  10. Michael Rabb
    December 4, 2015, 3:00 pm

    let’s see, what are talking about ? Trump being anti-semitic or Trump being honest when he says Jews got money and know how to use it for Israel.

    “There is no doubt that American Jews’ huge success helped Jews survive in Israel. “The help is beyond the actual donations,” says [Rebecca] Caspi [an executive at the Jewish Federations]. “The federal aid arrives largely thanks to the Jewish pressure.”

    This isn’t about money and inequality. It’s about Jewish money and Zionism.

    And it’s not just the mega-donors like Adelson. Today Zionism and the State of Israel lie at the very heart of Jewish life. Most synagogues display the flag of Israel in the sanctuary, most congregations say a prayer for For the Jewish state every sabbath, they collect money that distributes through the political action network of the Jewish Federations and AIPAC in support of Israel, and rabbis throughout the USA rally Jews to “stand with Israel” in bombing the civilian population in Gaza.

    So many Jews, even if unaffiliated officially to Zionism, have supported it, and continue to support it in its aims. Indeed, almost all the organised Jewish establishments throughout the world, in Israel, Europe and North America have used, and continue to use their power, influence, and, yes, their money to support Israel in its oppression of the Palestinians.

  11. Keith
    December 4, 2015, 5:33 pm

    PHIL- “…Jews recognized the role of “knowledge and the evaluation of risk in economic life…. The economic value of gathering and analyzing information simply was beyond the mental horizon of most of those who lived off the land and worked with their hands.”

    Stated another way, Jewish shopkeepers, tradesmen, professionals and financiers formed a nascent middle class which, combined with group solidarity, provided a huge advantage to the Jews compared to the oppressed peasants and serfs who comprised the majority of the Gentile population. As society advanced from feudalism to monarchism and then capitalism, this advantage has been maintained and expanded, success permitting the acquisition of credentials to justify the success. Jewish success in no small measure a consequence of a cohesive group strategy of a relatively small, tightly knit group separate from the surrounding Gentile community. An internationally linked community which began to splinter about 200 years ago into secular, Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Jews, but which has been re-united through Israel and the Zionist exploitation of the Holocaust. And, since in capitalism the capitalists replaced the monarch as the rulers, the sky is the limit until the whole system collapses under the weight of financial chicanery or war or environmental collapse.

  12. MRW
    December 4, 2015, 6:35 pm

    We are the wealthiest group by religion

    Not so fast, Phil. Just because that Jewish site said so doesn’t make it so.

    Both the 2007 (and updated 2012) Pew Survey had the Hindus as the richest overall; not the top group, but for 75% of the total Hindu population in the US. (Not to mention more educated.)
    http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1002/almighty-dollar/flat.html

    The 2012 survey in particular had the % of Hindus making more than 100Gs at 48%:
    http://www.voanews.com/content/hinds_most_educated_highest_earning_religion/1449355.html

    The Hindu population is only 0.7% of the U.S. population.

    It will be interesting to see the remainder of the report as it’s rolled out over the coming year.

    =========================

    Phil, if you’d been a good Jew and paid your thousands to an upper eastside synagogue, you might be able to comment on the pecking order that exists within Jewish donations. I find this a fascinating topic. You cannot donate more than those higher than you on the wealth list. No name on buildings. No medical foundations, etc. Major no-no. Cannot embarrass the Big Boys. This was explained to me by someone with a direct (marital) inside connection to multi-millionaire and billionaire donations.

    • Mooser
      December 5, 2015, 12:26 pm

      “Both the 2007 (and updated 2012) Pew Survey had the Hindus as the richest overall; not the top group, but for 75% of the total Hindu population in the US. (Not to mention more educated.) “

      Okay then, it’s good-bye to the Shm’a and namaste to Ommmmmm for me!

      Phir milinge and shubh to everyone!

      • MRW
        December 5, 2015, 6:20 pm

        Mmmooser!

      • Mooser
        December 5, 2015, 6:40 pm

        “Mmmmooser”

        Gotta go, got a lesson in spiritual techniques coming up. I’m learning to transcend dental medication. Keeps the bills down.

    • pabelmont
      December 7, 2015, 11:20 am

      Jews wealthiest in US? Even if so, so what? I was not in that room with Trump, but some millionaires were. The problem known as AIPAC (and often known to me as “big-Zion”, up there in DC with big-Banks and big-Defense) is not a problem grounded in the alleged generalized wealth of Jews but in the millionaire and billionaire status of a very, very few hard-line-Zionist Jews. THAT’s the problem. THOSE FEW.

      Just imagine of all those millionaires had Palestinian daughters-in-law and sons-in-law. In that case, would it matter so much that “Jews in the USA” were wealthy?

      • lysias
        December 7, 2015, 12:03 pm

        Vulture capitalist (and big-time Israel supporter) Paul Singer has been a staunch supporter of gay rights since his son came out.

  13. kalithea
    December 5, 2015, 3:28 am

    Jewish wealth has long been a factor in anti-Semitic hatred.

    Not so sure about this. I think the hatred and sometimes it’s more resentment than hatred comes from what someone does with their wealth and not so much that they’re wealthy. If someone’s in the 1% and they subvert the democratic process of the 99% by purchasing policy, then they’re asking for a whole lot of resentment. If someone uses their wealth to control the media narrative to exclude another version of the facts or to demonize a large group of people and justify their collective punishment and someone uses their wealth to be exempt from or above the law, or breach the law without condemnation because they have influence over legislation created or those who legislate and in turn influence legislators to disregard domestic or international law, then again, they ask for what they get, and so on. It’s not the wealth; it’s the corruption and those who struggle for a living and are only entitled to their democratic right/expression at the ballot box just to have it subverted by those with wealth after the lofty speeches full of bull then they have every right to be angry with those who strip them of that priceless entitlement turning it into a sham. Democracy is a right of all wealthy and not but not something to be purchased by the former. Then it becomes a sham democracy and Zionists know a whole lot about sham democracies since they set one up in Israel.

    And it’s not a Jewish problem, it’s the problem inherent in late capitalism. And many Jews (including Bernie) are among those working against that unfairness.

    This is pretty naïve and many is overstating it. And lemme put it this way: I would say to those Jews working against unfairness that they work against the unfairness being inflicted on Palestinians in their name first; that way one can be sure that their work against unfairness in America isn’t a conscience cleansing ritual for the unfairness they help to generate over in Israel.

    Regarding Donald; the reason he keeps his cards on the subject of Jerusalem and the ’67 borders close to his chest is because he’s thinking beyond the primaries. He needs more than a Republican majority to become President; he needs independents as well. He’s a shyster; all his colors will be revealed the day after he’s sworn in. But in a choice between Hillary and Trump; hell leave the country and go live in Canada. Because when it comes down to it is that even a choice or an undemocratic trap?

    • pabelmont
      December 7, 2015, 11:27 am

      Agreed, and so what the “very, very few hard-line-Zionist Jews” (quoting my self from above) American millionaires do with their money — if of an ethically suspect sort — creates hatred or resentment for ALL American Jews since the big-spenders are identified as Jews rather than as millionaire-hard-line-Zionist Jews atypical of Jews generally (or so I hope).

  14. just
    December 5, 2015, 6:57 am

    O/T, and Wallström is not ‘anti-Semitic’!

    Margot Wallström speaks important truths, while Israel’s always histrionic FM lies and twists facts yet again. She’s alone among “leaders”. If only… :

    “Israel’s Foreign Ministry responded harshly on Friday to the allegations Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom made against Israel earlier in the day, in which she charged Israel with executing Palestinians implicated in stabbing attacks without trial.

    “The statement is scandalous, surreal, impudent, and detached from reality,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. “The Swedish Foreign Minister is suggesting that Israeli citizens offer up their necks to murders, who would stab them with their knives.”

    The foreign ministry stressed that Israeli citizens and security personnel have the right to defend themselves. “In Israel, any person who commits a crime is taken to court, including terrorists,” the foreign ministry said. “Israeli citizens are dealing with terrorism, which is inflamed by irresponsible and false statements like these.”…”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.690138

    More from a previous article:

    “… The remarks further exacerbated the tension between Stockholm and Jerusalem, prompting a scathing response from the Israeli ambassador to Sweden. 

    Wallström made the comments in response to foreign policy questions directed at her during a parliament meeting. During the session, three parliament members claimed that Swedish government policy favors the Palestinian position over the Israeli one. 

    Wallström stated that she condemns the stabbing attacks perpetrated by Palestinians against Israelis, but asserted the Israeli response was “disproportionate.”

    “I reject/condemn the knife-attacks,” the foreign minister said. “I think that it is awful and that it should not happen and Israel always has the right to defend itself and ensure its safety. 

    “And in the same way the response cannot be, and I say this in other situations as well, where the response becomes so that there are extrajudicial executions, or that it becomes disproportionate so the numbers of dead on the other side is greater than the original death toll by several factors,” she said. 

    Wallström’s remarks were widely reported in Swedish media, and were met with a harsh response from Israeli Ambassador to Stockholm Isaac Bachman. 

    “Israel’s moral standards when it comes to fighting terrorism are at least at par with other Western nations coping with the same threat,” Bachman said. “Israeli practices are even more successful in avoiding civilian casualties than in other Western nations’ cases, according to verified military statistics.

    “The emphasis on how the victims of terror defend themselves is diverting the attention away from the true horrors of terrorism,” he continued. “Instead one should condemn and act to stop the perpetrators, the financers and the inciters of terrorism. If we focus on condemning and preventing terrorism there will be no need for self-defense.”…”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.690122

    It’s silly time for Bachman. He’s right that America should stop funding Israel and their terrorism, though.

  15. Ossinev
    December 5, 2015, 9:12 am

    The foreign ministry stressed that Israeli citizens and security personnel have the right to defend themselves. “In Israel, any person who commits a crime is taken to court, including terrorists,” the foreign ministry said.

    That is truly surreal. It conjures up images of teenage corpses riddled with bullet holes being wheeled into court so that they can defend themselves.

    These revolting Zionist creeps truly live in a parallel universe.

  16. Citizen
    December 5, 2015, 11:19 am

    Trump really does present a challenge for the PTB. He doesn’t need donor money. He can handle the main media infotainment easily. He knows how they both work because he has worked them for a long time. Consequently, he’s important beyond what his own ego proclaims. Many on all sides sense this.

  17. James Canning
    December 5, 2015, 12:56 pm

    The Israel lobby indeed is very clever in manipulating politicians to advance the agenda. Whether it is a good thing for Israel to continue to expand the illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank , is of course a separate issue.

    The notion of Donald Trump as being “anti-Semitic” is ludicrous.

  18. Boo
    December 6, 2015, 6:16 pm

    The skunk is a remarkable animal — he’s beholden to nobody, very few other critters dare to mess with him, and he prevails handily in most confrontations.

    None of which qualifies him to be President.

  19. lysias
    December 7, 2015, 4:42 pm

    This guy may be the next President of the United States. Trump calls for ‘complete shutdown’ on Muslims entering US.

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