Shmuel Rosner, one of the many pro-Israel columnists at the New York Times, has an op-ed today titled, “How Donald Trump Will Divide American and Israeli Jews.” Trump is bad not because of anything he will do to the American political discourse or American women or Muslims or minorities but because of what he will do to the relationship between American and Israeli Jews: alienate their affections. Navel-gazing, thy name is Rosner.
If his policies match his campaign rhetoric, Israelis, with time, will grow to like him. American Jews, meanwhile, will seethe…
American presidents like Mr. [W.] Bush, Mr. Obama and Mr. Trump are bad for relations between Israel and Jews in the United States. They lay bare the fact that American Jews and Israeli Jews have different sets of priorities and values….
What will happen if American Jews see the good relationship that President Trump has with Israel? It will make many of them uneasy. It will make them doubt Israel’s values and morality. It will alienate them from Israel.
What is going to happen if Israeli Jews see American Jews oppose President Trump at every step? It will make the Israelis question the Americans’ good judgment, and doubt their commitment to Israel’s security.
The column is a march of moral idiocy, as Donald Johnson said in passing it along. “If Trump loves Netanyahu and vice versa it will do more than anything activists could write to show just how racist Israel is.” The idiocy lies in the fact that Rosner is blasting everyone except the Clintons for exposing this divide; when the divide is occurring for very good reasons on its own, say when Israel bombs Gaza and slaughters 500 Palestinian children, or when Netanyahu warns his Jewish voters that Arabs are coming out to the polls “in droves”. Israel is a middle eastern ethnic tyranny. Why should American Jews want anything to do with it? If big Jewish donors are suddenly balking at giving money to Israel, it’s because of Israel’s behavior.
Thankfully, Rosner reveals here the essential truth of the Israel lobby: American Jews hold the breathing tube for Israel because they effect US policy. And also the lobby’s destructive selfishness: what would its adherents sacrifice to keep American Jews ignorant of Israeli society and Israeli practices? Just about everything.
Q. When will the New York Times stop running pieces like this? A. When the neoconservative cell that still holds key offices in the Times bureaucracy is exposed and dismantled. That process will be accelerated by Hillary Clinton’s collapse, and the reformation of the Democratic Party as a progressive one. Q. When will the Times publish anti-Zionist Jews? Same answer.