Senator on Intelligence Committee says Jews in Diaspora are spies for Israel

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Three days ago in New York, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas said that the Jewish Diaspora serves as a global intelligence asset to Israel. Max Blumenthal described the remarks as “a neocon pushing the trope of dual loyalty.”

The full video from the Jerusalem Post conference was published today. The exchange is 5 minutes in. The Post’s Herb Keinon asks the Republican senator about Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s belief that the world supports Israel because Washington and Europe need Israeli intelligence in the Middle East. Is this true?

Cotton says:

I can’t go into all the details obviously, but I will say that the cooperation between the United States and Israel’s security services is among the very best that we have with any nation in the world, and both the technical skills of Israelis as well as the worldwide relationships because of the Jewish Diaspora gives Israel some advantages that virtually no other country or institution anywhere else in the world has as well.

So we operate hand in glove with Israel’s military and security services. I was just there a few weeks ago on a trip with the Intelligence Committee and it’s good as ever, maybe even better now that President Trump is in office, and it’s a close, almost symbiotic relationship between those organs of our two states.

Keinon says he’d never heard that the Jewish Diaspora has such a role. Cotton elaborates:

Well, it’s a lot easier to find Jews in every country around the world than it is to find Americans in those countries– in some countries– and the relationships that citizens of the nation of Israel have with that Diaspora, many of whom have come for example from the old Soviet republics once they declared their independence in the early 1990s, gives Israel some unique advantages that most countries don’t have when they’re trying to identify threats from overseas or develop the information that their elected leaders need to keep their countries safe. Oftentimes that has a secondary benefit for Israel’s allies as well.

I have no idea whether what Cotton says is true. Cotton is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He went to Harvard and then served as an Army lieutenant in Iraq and Afghanistan, leading combat patrols; it was then that he accused New York Times journalists of violating “espionage” laws by reporting on a secret US program monitoring the finances of US enemies (the paper did not publish his letter; it came out when Cotton gained prominence). Cotton has close ties to the Israel lobby. His fast-track elevation to the Senate from the House in 2014, after serving just one term in the House, was greased with nearly $1 million from Bill Kristol’s shop the Emergency Committee for Israel.

As for the “trope of dual loyalty,” it is inherent in Zionism: when you declare yourself the nation-state of the Jewish people, and your prime minister says that he represents all the Jews of the world, then Israel is acting to undermine the perceptions of Jews’ patriotism in other countries. So said Edwin Montagu, then a secretary in the British Cabinet, in a memo opposing the Balfour Declaration 100 years ago this year, because he said it would foster anti-Semitism in the world.

Zionism has always seemed to me to be a mischievous political creed, untenable by any patriotic citizen of the United Kingdom. If a Jewish Englishman sets his eyes on the Mount of Olives and longs for the day when he will shake British soil from his shoes and go back to agricultural pursuits in Palestine, he has always seemed to me to have acknowledged aims inconsistent with British citizenship and to have admitted that he is unfit for a share in public life in Great Britain, or to be treated as an Englishman.

Brian Klug, the philosophy professor and scholar of Jewish identity, read much of Montagu’s memo at a conference on the Balfour Declaration at Princeton on Monday.

 

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  1. eljay
    May 11, 2017, 1:14 pm

    … “It’s a lot easier to find Jews in every country around the world than it is to find Americans in some countries,” Cotton said. …

    No kidding. Americans are citizens of America. Jewish citizens of countries around the world, on the other hand, are Jewish citizens of countries around the world.

    … the relationships that citizens of the nation of Israel have with that Diaspora …

    Jewish citizens of countries who are more than n-generations removed from Israel are not an Israeli diaspora. Mr. Cotton must be referring to the Israeli diaspora of non-Jewish Israeli refugees who have yet to be allowed to return to their homes and lands.

    • eljay
      May 11, 2017, 1:40 pm

      || eljay: … Jewish citizens of countries who are more than n-generations removed from Israel … ||

      Correction: … Jewish citizens of countries around the world who are more than n-generations removed from Israel …

  2. pabelmont
    May 11, 2017, 3:13 pm

    Jewish spies-for-Israel operate in the USA as well. Long story. why not? Of course, USA is part of the world in which Israel spies.

    • JWalters
      May 11, 2017, 7:05 pm

      Senator Cotton is probably especially proud of Israelis in America stealing nuclear secrets and material from the U.S.
      “How Israel Stole the Bomb”
      https://consortiumnews.com/2016/09/11/how-israel-stole-the-bomb

      Of course Israel doesn’t want the U.S. listening in on Israeli communications, so they bombed the USS Liberty mercilessly, slaughtering American sailors as if they were Palestinians.
      “Still Waiting for USS Liberty’s Truth”
      https://consortiumnews.com/2015/07/04/still-waiting-for-uss-libertys-truth

    • JWalters
      May 11, 2017, 7:47 pm

      “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” –Marcus Tullius Cicero 42B.C.

      • Mooser
        May 13, 2017, 7:19 pm

        “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.”

        Et tu Cicero?

  3. Mooser
    May 11, 2017, 3:55 pm

    because of the Jewish Diaspora gives Israel some advantages that virtually no other country or institution anywhere else in the world has as well.”

    What’s everybody getting all famished about? Sen. Cotton obviously meant it as a compliment! Hand in glove, baby.

  4. Keith
    May 11, 2017, 6:14 pm

    PHIL- “Max Blumenthal described the remarks as “a neocon pushing the trope of dual loyalty.”

    Max Blumenthal is a tribal anti-Zionist who is quick to raise the alarm about anti-Semites and “tropes.” It takes an unusual mind to pretend that Israel doesn’t avail itself of the benefits of having a Jewish Diaspora. It would be shocking if it didn’t.

    PHIL- “I have no idea whether what Cotton says is true.”

    Well, you would say that, wouldn’t you? In “By Way of Deception,” former Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky makes quite clear that the Mossad extensively utilizes Diaspora sayanim (assistants).

    • Mooser
      May 13, 2017, 12:25 pm

      PHIL- “I have no idea whether what Cotton says is true.”

      “Well, you would say that, wouldn’t you?”

      That’s it, “Keith”, you keep Phil in line.
      Who knows what corrupt Zionist purpose he has for this blog?

      • Keith
        May 13, 2017, 2:06 pm

        MOOSER- “That’s it, “Keith”, you keep Phil in line.”

        Not me. I think that Phil has to be somewhat careful what he says lest he offend the wrong people. I am under the impression that he may receive a lot of criticism/pressure for some of the things he does say. In many ways he has to walk a fine line. Maybe not. That is just my impression. Finkelstein, Chomsky and Shahak received considerable abuse, along with threats to their employment/funding. Something you or I don’t have to worry about.

      • Mooser
        May 13, 2017, 7:15 pm

        .” I think that Phil has to be somewhat careful what he says lest he offend the wrong people.”

        Well, whatever Phil, subject as he is to tribal bribery or threats, can’t say in articles, you, “Keith”, can say on the comments pages. You are saying what Phil really wants to say, but can’t. Or won’t.

      • Keith
        May 13, 2017, 11:59 pm

        MOOSER-M “You are saying what Phil really wants to say, but can’t. Or won’t.”

        Perhaps. Perhaps not. Funny, I seem to recall you being much more critical of Phil. What changed? Things not work out at “Jews Sans Frontiers”? Your “homies” less than cordial?

      • Mooser
        May 14, 2017, 12:28 pm

        “Things not work out at “Jews Sans Frontiers”? Your “homies” less than cordial?”

        Sorry “Keith” Homie don’t play that.

      • gamal
        May 14, 2017, 12:59 pm

        “I seem to recall you being much more critical of Phil”

        its not just having data its also knowing how to deploy it, i’d say a revolutionary committee is premature.

        “Things not work out at “Jews Sans Frontiers”? Your “homies” less than cordial?”

        i never got this data, takfir it from me though that interrogative is priceless

        “Homie don’t play that” that datum seems to me crucial and foundational,

        Also surely Phil as a Jewish Gentleman welcomes criticism, jeez we are not self satisfied Christians, i mean he is not going to torment himself is he? God hope i didn’t get that wrong and think that some things are a little below the belt, even when people get under your skin.

      • Mooser
        May 14, 2017, 2:34 pm

        “takfir it from me…”

        Exactly, “gamal”. It’s no fair hitting below the borscht belt!

        (Darn those trepsverters. “Homie” should have been “Hymie”. I don’t suppose the Editors would…oh, never mind.)

      • gamal
        May 14, 2017, 3:20 pm

        “trepsverters. “Homie” ”

        steady on man we are with you, we have wurlitzers

        https://youtu.be/2Pyjqc5-0mw

      • Mooser
        May 14, 2017, 4:44 pm

        That must be Maka Thin.

        I will suggest this at rehearsal today. Allan Sherman ‘changes at Jamaica’

      • gamal
        May 14, 2017, 4:54 pm

        “Maka Thin”

        whaaat, you make a man feel at home, marga like a shoelace.

      • Maghlawatan
        May 14, 2017, 5:47 pm

        https://youtu.be/9jjiWS__Mp0

        All the counsellors hate the Palestinians
        And the lake has no water
        And the head coach wants no lefties
        So he reads to us from something called the King’s Torah
        Now I don’t want this should scare ya’
        But my bunkmate has friends in Kach
        You remember Jeffery Hardy
        They’re about to organize a lynching party

      • Mooser
        May 14, 2017, 8:35 pm

        The guys (in the band)were all for it.
        A set of Allan Sherman covers, played as reggae.

        Thanks “gamal”

      • gamal
        May 14, 2017, 11:26 pm

        “A set of Allan Sherman covers”

        ok i have been pouring Lager on to the immoderate quantity of ouisce ( and of course fuck off) i recently drank ( so drunk) but when i started typing i was full of confidence, oh now i am not so sure,

        “played as reggae.” man can rely on you, ras mooser, i think i’m in the clear.

      • gamal
        May 15, 2017, 12:54 am

        mooser,

        i am immersed in Naml, mostly it is Ya Mooser, in the early verses, its the sh abdulbasit, what ever ails you ya Musa he will cure.

  5. wdr
    May 12, 2017, 12:48 am

    Montagu died in 1925. Give me a break. Do you really think that he would have the same views in 2017, if he were alive, as he did 95 years ago? With knowledge of the Holocaust and of the successful establishment of Israel? British Jews who look to Israel no more have dual loyalties than British Muslims do who visit Mecca.

    • Mooser
      May 12, 2017, 12:04 pm

      “British Jews who look to Israel…”

      Yup, all British Jews need to do or have ever done to actualize their Zionism is “look to” Israel. I never knew it was that easy.

    • eljay
      May 12, 2017, 12:53 pm

      || wdr: … British Jews who look to Israel no more have dual loyalties than British Muslims … ||

      …who look to Islamic State. After all, they’re just looking.

    • John O
      May 12, 2017, 1:52 pm

      Why would he not? There are many prominent British Jews who view Zionism in exactly the same way that Monatgu did 100 years ago – Michael Rosen, Miriam Margolies, Steven Rose, Stephen Fry, and many others.

    • Misterioso
      May 12, 2017, 2:53 pm

      wdr

      “….successful establishment of Israel?” Dream on!

      The entity know as “Israel” is neither a country nor a state, i.e., it has yet to officially declare its borders and have them agreed to as such by the international community.

      Israel is however, an apartheid entity (i.e., west of the green line) and a brutal occupier of Palestinian lands (i.e., the West Bank, East Jerusalem as well as the Gaza Strip in contravention of the UN Charter and the Fourth Geneva Convention.) Israel is also belligerently, illegally and brutally occupying Syria’s Golan Heights and Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms.

      No wonder Israel is increasingly viewed by people around the world, including Americans and righteous Jews as a pariah.

      In short, after 70 years, hardly a success story.

    • festus
      May 13, 2017, 9:33 am

      British Jews who look to Israel no more have dual loyalties than British Muslims do who visit Mecca. –

      So supporting Israel is in fact a religious tenet of Judaism?

      • Annie Robbins
        May 13, 2017, 10:38 am

        So supporting Israel is in fact a religious tenet of Judaism?

        “in fact” it is not. but effectively, for some people, it may as well be. ie: http://www.jpost.com/Blogs/A-Daughter-of-Zion/Zionism-and-Judaism-the-heart-and-soul-of-Israel-the-Jewish-state-412543

      • yonah fredman
        May 13, 2017, 12:13 pm

        Concern for the short range and long range physical and moral health of the large and historic Jewish community in israel is a Jewish necessity. Different people are oblivious to this necessity and different people see the combination of long range and moral health in a different direction than the mainstream, but apathy seems untenable.
        Of course my appetite for newspaper headlines might not fit all human types. A person who is Jewish and consults tradition for substance to add some content to a modern life that might need a little more content, this person is ill served by zionism, he needs content and wisdom and instead finds himself in the middle of a war.

      • Mooser
        May 14, 2017, 8:44 pm

        “Yonah” are you trying to say something?

        Or are you just throwing four-syllable words at us, hoping some of them will stick?

    • Edward Q
      May 13, 2017, 11:50 am

      American Jews such as Rabbi Elmer Berger and the American Jewish Committee opposed Zionism after the Holocaust. In 2017, when the realities of Zionism are becoming clearer, many Jews are turning away from this racist, colonial ideology.

      • Maghlawatan
        May 15, 2017, 12:01 am

        Berger was very impressive. There is a very noble tradition.of anti Zionism. I used to look at Zionism as unjust but now I see it as a system that has iterated its founding logic to exhaustion and is now out of control. It is a brutal ideology, not just for Palestinians. 43% of the world’s Jews are trapped in a lunacy.

  6. Matt McLaughlin
    May 12, 2017, 9:31 pm

    All this Balfour stuff is going to encourage the question》 does modern Israel fullfill Protestantism’s intent for Palestine? After all, no Protestants 1917 no Israel. Clue: the Royals are staying bome, Downing St is pro-Iran Deal & Lords want a Palestian state secular or otherwise.

  7. MalcolmLeftly
    May 15, 2017, 2:39 am

    Of course Cotton had to get his shot in about the security services now having closer ties given that there has been a change in administrations.
    But he didn’t mention the potential forthcoming difficulties, with a likely Trump resignation which could take as much as two years to get to.

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