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Bloomberg with Danny Danon

Bloomberg with Danny Danon

This picture was taken last June in New York, at the Israel Day parade. I just saw it on Scott Roth’s twitter feed.

The man in the picture is Danny Danon, deputy minister of Defense in the Netanyahu government. There was only brief mention of him at the time, here in the Jewish Press.

But Danon shows up today, in the Washington Post, in a story about the rightwingers in Netanyahu’s coalition who want to annex the West Bank:

As for the Palestinians living in the West Bank, depending on the ideas under discussion, the annexationists suggest that they be offered Israeli citizenship or residency or be made the responsibility of Jordan.

“I think we should no longer think of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, but Palestinian settlements in Israel,” Danny Danon, deputy defense minister, said in an interview.

Danon, recently elected to head the central committee of the Likud party, imagines an archipelago of Palestinian cities — Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah and Hebron — as Arab islands in an Israeli sea.

“The Jewish people are not settlers in the West Bank, but Israel will make the Palestinians settlers and Jordan will be the one taking control over Palestinians and that’s it,” Danon told Israel’s Channel 1 this summer.

This is blood-and-soil nationalism– which regards it as fit to deprive people of rights based on their ethnicity, and suggests transferring them to the “control” of other states, whatever that means. It’s a fascistic ideology. (Webster’s says fascism is a movement or regime that exalts nation and race above the individual and stands for an autocratic government with a dictatorial leader, and the suppression of opposition. Elements of that definition fit Danon’s argument.)

I return to Scott Roth’s point: Would it be acceptable for an American politician to march alongside such a figure in any other political context?

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  1. just on November 6, 2013, 2:05 pm

    Sure– they seem to do it daily….in one way or another.

    Sickening, really sickening.

    • just on November 6, 2013, 2:44 pm

      I guess Bloomberg’s ‘clean up’ effort in NYC only went so far…

  2. seafoid on November 6, 2013, 2:08 pm

    “Would it be acceptable for an American politician to march alongside such a figure in any other political context?”

    NRA maybe . La Pierre would be the equivalent of Danon. Same sort of Holocaust rhetoric (the Government will take our guns and murder all of us) used to justify outrageous lobby.

    • Marco on November 6, 2013, 2:22 pm

      Regardless of where you stand on the gun debate, that’s a ludicrous comparison.

      If the NRA merged with the KKK and politicians continued to take their money, then you’d be on to something.

      Danon’s politics really have no equivalent in the U.S. political scene outside very extreme fringe parties. For example, Merlin Miller, candidate for the Third Position party for president got 2,300 votes nationwide. Really you have to look at fringe figures like Miller to find anything comparable to Danon.

  3. Bill in Maryland on November 6, 2013, 2:21 pm

    Phil writes:

    I return to Scott Roth’s point: Would it be acceptable for an American politician to march alongside such a figure in any other political context?

    No, but with Israel we are blessed to have a Special Relationship.

  4. Bumblebye on November 6, 2013, 2:35 pm

    I’m sure Bloomberg will be proud of his association.

    Roots going back centuries, millennia even, yet denied any form of citizenship in their own homeland, the resting place of who knows how many generations of ancestors (their graves don’t count with the israeli ‘religious’ authorities, they can be destroyed, as we are aware of – just think Mamilla) just because they aren’t Jewish.
    How will the fascist Danon force Jordan into giving them citizenship in a country they don’t live in? And then how long before he takes his next step and expels them to Jordan?
    And why is it so right for israel to demand the tightest possible sanctions on Iran, to impose a lethal siege on Gaza, and yet to claim that santions against itself wouldn’t work? – and that BDS spells the end of it??

  5. seafoid on November 6, 2013, 3:08 pm

    That judaism produced leaders like Foxman, Danon and Lieberman 70 years after never again is dismal.

  6. bilal a on November 6, 2013, 3:10 pm

    whats so surprising

    The extremist rabbi who reigns unobstructed
    If Rabbi Dov Lior were Muslim, Israel would probably have assassinated him, but the religious leader who calls for murder has support even from moderates.

    [from raimondo twitter feed]
    Max Blumenthal ‏@MaxBlumenthal 14h
    105 state appointed Israeli rabbis sign letter celebrating Dov Lior, a genocidal fanatic

    Justin Raimondo ‏@JustinRaimondo 1h
    2nd Correction to Guardian article: it’s not my “conspiracy theory”. Credit goes to Fox News:

  7. seafoid on November 6, 2013, 3:12 pm

    The strength of Zionism in the US is a sign of how disfigured US politics are by money and how urgently the country needs campaign finance reform.

    • piotr on November 6, 2013, 8:12 pm

      It is a bit complicated. Bloomberg spent a gazillion of his own money, something like 60 million per campaign, and that was always legal. There is also a bewildering variety of campaign spending, coordinated, “un-coordinated” and truly un-coordinated, and pretty bewildering patchwork of regulations.

      If I had my way, I would regulate it as follows. All spending benefiting a candidate (above some limit) should be disclosed to the election authority. Independent spending would count unless denounced by the beneficiary. (That part is a bit complicated, but much simpler than the current law.) And these spendings would be taxed at the rate of one vote per thousand dollars. For example, when Bloomberg spent 60 millions running against a Green who spent 30 million, we would subtract 60 thousand from the vote count for Bloomberg and 30 thousand from the vote count for Green. Or should it be 1 vote per 100 dollars?

      • bilal a on November 7, 2013, 7:40 am

        The wealth elite first choose the candidates in the primaries, only those with sufficient funding , from masses of corporate or personal wealth, domestic or foreign; then we the people get to choose from those who were selected by the elite. It usually comes down to a choice between those who who wish to allocate more money from workers back to workers, other workers that is, and those who resist further wage confiscation. All of this is done in the context of virtual duopoly or monopoly, ie market failure with monopoly rents accrued to owners, who enjoy regulatory barriers to competition and immunity from offshore taxation.

        And even liberal commentators refer to western polity as ‘democracy ‘ , as something the world should emulate.

        At leastin the West bank people know its an occupation.

  8. Dan Crowther on November 6, 2013, 4:02 pm

    This is one of those posts where I have to ask: Is your head, ALL the way up your ass, Phil?

    Bill Clinton called Suharto “our kind of guy” … the mid 90’s!
    US Pols are buddy buddy with the House of Saud, Sultans and Emirs in the most backward of countries and outright fascists in South America, Asian and Eastern Europe. Shit, the US did more for promoting fascism after WWII than anyone else, cuz at the end of the day, fascists dig on private property. Wake up, bro.

    • Qualtrough on November 6, 2013, 11:36 pm

      What a way with words you have! I think you might have a future in the Israeli diplomatic corps!

      • Dan Crowther on November 7, 2013, 10:19 am

        Are you trying to deny that the US has been a strong proponent of what we would call “fascists” in other countries? Pinochet, Peron, Suharto, the Iraqi Baath Party, the Egyptian regime for the past forty years, chiang kai shek – and that’s not even mentioning the US sponsorship of former fascists in Germany and Japan post WWII. I could go on…..

        The fact of the matter is, Israel is well within the boundaries of what the US political establishment (really the military/political establishment) will accept – if that fact doesn’t settle well with you, I understand, but it’s nevertheless true.

      • Keith on November 7, 2013, 1:56 pm

        DAN CROWTHER- “…and that’s not even mentioning the US sponsorship of former fascists in Germany and Japan post WWII.”

        Absolutely correct on all counts. It is somewhat surprising how many Americans are oblivious to the real world history of empire. Apparently, they think that empire was a gift from God as a reward for all of our “humanitarian” interventions. Normally, I might be tempted to expand a little with examples, however, I am currently having so much difficulty getting comments through moderation that my heart just isn’t in it. In fact, my comments are now going to be few and far between. As to your observation regarding Phils cranium in relation to his posterior, Phil exemplifies the truism that it is easy to believe what is convenient to believe.

  9. adele on November 6, 2013, 4:25 pm

    This is the same Bloomberg that in December 2008 visited Israel during its Operation Cast Lead military onslaught of Gaza, and upon his return to NYC publicly proclaimed: “I feel very strongly that Israel really does have a right …to defend itself.” Bloomberg said absolutely nothing about the loss of innocent life on the Palestinian side, not one syllable was uttered acknowledging the massacre of children, families, civilians within Gaza. To Bloomberg Palestinian civilians don’t count.

    As we bid goodbye to this myopic, heartless billionaire, let us not forget that Bloomberg’s replacement, NYC’s new mayor, Bill deBlasio, released this public message in October on Twitter re: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s passing:

    Millions of people around the world lost a leader today in Rabbi Chacham Ovadia Yosef. His wisdom, charity and sensitivity were legendary.
    10:10 AM – 7 Oct 2013

    Thus, we can expect more of the same in the next 4 years.

  10. HarryLaw on November 6, 2013, 5:08 pm

    With the absence of resistance from the Palestinian leadership, crazy solutions like transfer and annexation can be given free reign by these knuckle dragging extremists, in fact the collaborationist tendencies of Abbas and Co encourage the Zionist enterprise, might is right is their slogan, I wonder if the ICC would have something to say about that? Hope we find out soon.

  11. Henry Norr on November 6, 2013, 6:31 pm

    Next year de Blasio will be doing the same…

    • amigo on November 7, 2013, 7:16 am

      “Next year de Blasio will be doing the same…”Henry Norr

      Show me who you hang around with and I will show you who you are.

  12. piotr on November 6, 2013, 7:53 pm

    Could we accuse Danny Dannon of marching with fascist Bloomberg?

    Bloomberg did run a little police state (or not so little, 40 thousand of police?) that was roughing up political opponents like demonstrating bicyclists (piotr is a bicyclist so that drew his attention), humiliating racial minorities and running secret investigations of “potentially disloyal inhabitants” in the tradition of Stasi. And yea, subways were running mostly on time. Compared with his predecessor Guliani, Bloomberg was a mere authoritarian, with a patrician disdain for bad mouthing opponents, victims etc., but it is hard to mistake him for a “civil libertarian”.

  13. kalithea on November 7, 2013, 12:28 am

    Who is Bloomberg hailing? A picture speaks a thousand words.

  14. HarryLaw on November 7, 2013, 4:58 am

    Goodness gracious me, [better than Phil’s word] where’s the reciprocity, Hagel has a tie similar to the Israeli flag on meeting with Israeli supporters, why does Danon not wear a tie with the star spangled banner on it? Danon said “There is place only for one state on the land of Israel…. I do not believe in a two-state solution”. His support for the Betar movement means Fascist is probably the correct epithet for him.

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