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Dissing Claims of anti-Semitism, Netanyahu now Stamps Trump as ‘Kosher for Jews
Intelligent ‘anti-Semitism’ for thinking Gentiles
The prime minister endorses Trump on ’60 Minutes’ as pressure on Electoral College mounts and allegations of Russian intervention erupt.
ed note–ooooooh, this one is just ‘chock-full’ of goodies, as we like to say here
1. ‘Many American Jews are anxious…they feel less secure, and not just because most of them voted for his rival, Hillary Clinton.’
So much for the ‘expert’ opinion of many in this ‘movement’ that that Jews ‘loved’ Trump and got him elected.
2. ‘The Israeli leader’s vote of confidence comes at a perfect time, as efforts to persuade Electoral College delegates to pick someone else as president swing into high gear and in conjunction with the sensational Washington Post report on Friday night that Russia was actively involved in getting Trump elected in the first place.’
In other words, Netanyahu hasn’t said BOO about Trump up to this point, something ABSOLUTELY uncharacteristic as to how Netanyahu rolls, and all anyone need do in grasping this is look at the front-and-center roll Nutty Netty played in 2012 with his VERY LOUD endorsement of Mitt Romney.
3. ‘From a realpolitik view of Israeli interests, at least as those are seen by Netanyahu, the prime minister’s endorsement is well placed. Trump, who appreciates blind loyalty, will certainly be grateful.’
In other words, Netanyahu is only saying these things because he wants to be remembered as a friend when he comes around making demands of the new President and not because he means them.
4. ‘Still, Netanyahu’s claim that “there’s no question” about Trump’s warmth towards the Jews may be a bit over the top, to say the least. If Trump was such a Jew-lover as Netanyahu claims, he wouldn’t have cited anti-Semitic stereotypes, wouldn’t have allowed his campaign to use the offensive poster with Clinton’s face plastered on piles of money and a six-pointed Star of David, he would have rejected the support of white supremacist anti-Semites like David Duke swiftly and empathically, would not have seemed to justify the anti-Semitic attacks on journalist Julia Ioffe, and his “closing argument” in the campaign wouldn’t have seemed as if it was directly lifted from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, wouldn’t have appointed Steve Bannon as his chief strategist, ignoring claims that he had made anti-Semitic remarks or his own boast that he had provided a platform for the alt-right movement, which has anti-Semitism running through its veins.’
In other words, according to this VERY Jewish writer, Trump isn’t a ‘jew lover’ at all and Netanyahu’s saying that he is is disingenuous and not credible.
Remember, folk this is political chess being played here, not checkers.
In all seriousness however, Netanyahu’s statements need to be seen for what they are–a rattlesnake shaking its tail before it strikes, because if it is in Israel’s plans that Trump has the election stolen from him in the Electoral College or is dealt with in the same manner that Israel dealt with JFK, it would stand to reason then that they would create their defense and their alibi ahead of time by appearing to endorse Trump so that when the public began looking for those responsible, the Jews as a group could effectively say–‘Hey, what are you anti-Semites looking in our direction for? We LOVE Trump, and here is none other than the King of the Jews, Bibi Netanyahu, saying so himself on 60 Minutes.’
In other words, ‘By way of deception, we shall make war on the Gentiles’
Chemi Shalev, Haaretz
Many American Jews are anxious. After Donald Trump’s election, they feel less secure, and not just because most of them voted for his rival, Hillary Clinton. Throughout the election campaign, Trump seemed indifferent to anti-Semitic themes emanating from his own campaign, often disseminating them himself. Some of his family members and advisers and made blatantly anti-Semitic remarks. White supremacist and neo-Nazi groups flourished under his wings. The director of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, recently said that anti-Semitism in America has reached levels unseen since the 1930s.
But what is all this Diaspora-Jew whining, most of it coming from suspect liberal Jews anyway, compared to the authoritative verdict of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, self-anointed leader of the Jewish people and self-appointed number one expert on all things America? In an almost shockingly condescending appearance before the Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem this week, moderated by Forward Editor Jane Eisner, Netanyahu said anti-Semitism in America was only a “fringe” phenomenon. And in an interview with Leslie Stahl of CBS’ “60 Minutes,” set to air on Sunday night, Netanyahu issued a formal kashrut certificate to Trump, befitting the Pontiff from Jerusalem: ‘I know him well,’ Netanyahu said, and “there’s no question” that he feels very warmly about the Jewish state, about the Jewish people and about Jewish people.’
Well, it’s certainly true that Trump feels “very warmly” towards some Jewish people, including his daughter, his son in law, his grandchildren and those little Jews with yarmulkes who are the only people he trusts to count his money. He’s even appointing two of them, both with Goldman-Sachs pedigree, to watch over America’s coffers as well: hedge fund and investment banker Steven Mnuchin is slated to become secretary of the treasury and Gary Cohn, current president of Goldman-Sachs, is reportedly in line to be Trump’s director of the National Economic Council.
Trump might even have very warm feelings towards Netanyahu himself, especially now: the Israeli leader’s vote of confidence comes at a perfect time, as efforts to persuade Electoral College delegates to pick someone else as president when they meet next week swing into high gear and in conjunction with the sensational Washington Post report on Friday night that Russia was actively involved in getting Trump elected in the first place. After Trump’s endorsement of Netanyahu before the 2013 elections, it’s the least the Israeli leader can do to return the favor.
From a realpolitik view of Israeli interests, at least as those are seen by Netanyahu, the prime minister’s endorsement is well placed. Trump, who appreciates blind loyalty, will certainly be grateful. The same cannot be said of wary U.S. Jews: not only has Netanyahu steadfastly refrained from condemning the surge of anti-Semitism that has come in Trump’s wake, but now he is in fact asserting that their claims are no more than hysterical poppycock. Just as Sarah Palin could see Russia clearly from her home in Alaska, Netanyahu can see America better from the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem.
Still, Netanyahu’s claim that “there’s no question” about Trump’s warmth towards the Jews may be a bit over the top, to say the least. If Trump was such a Jew-lover as Netanyahu claims, he probably wouldn’t have cited anti-Semitic stereotypes when he appeared before the Republican Jewish Coalition last year, saying Jews only supported candidates they could buy with money. If Trump was such a righteous gentile, it’s reasonable to assume he wouldn’t have allowed his campaign to use the offensive poster with Clinton’s face plastered on piles of money and a six-pointed Star of David, and definitely would have been less dismissive of the unanimous Jewish protests against it.
If Trump was so affectionate of Jews, perhaps he would have rejected the support of white supremacist anti-Semites like David Duke swiftly and empathically rather than mumbling the word “disavow” only when his back was to the wall. He certainly would not have seemed to justify the anti-Semitic attacks on journalist Julia Ioffe, who wrote something that his wife Melania didn’t like. If Trump so sensitive to the Jews, his “closing argument” in the campaign wouldn’t have seemed as if it was directly lifted from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (and against Goldman-Sachs!). If Trump gave a damn what Jews think, he wouldn’t have appointed Steve Bannon as his chief strategist, ignoring claims that he had made anti-Semitic remarks or his own boast that he had provided a platform for the alt-right movement, which has anti-Semitism running through its veins.
But Netanyahu has no doubts. After all, Trump sees eye to eye with him on the “bad deal” with Iran; his deputy-elect, Mike Pence, has vowed to rip the nuclear deal to shreds; his Jewish “advisers”, who have now receded from public view, expressed the president-elect’s support for settlements and distaste for Palestinian statehood. What difference does it make if a few million Jews, who probably voted for that Israel-hater and Netanyahu-tormentor Obama, feel as if the earth is shaking underneath their feet? Don’t some of them finance the New Israel Fund, which Netanyahu now regularly depicts as among the worst of Israel’s enemies because they supposedly gave money to investigative journalists like Raviv Drucker and Ilana Dayan? Netanyahu doesn’t count any of them, just as he doesn’t count many of the Jews who live in Israel: like Trump, his love for Jews is usually restricted to those Jews who happen to love him back.
One can understand Netanyahu’s relief at Trump’s election. The newly installed president will be more than happy to hug him warmly when Netanyahu makes his first visit to the White House. Their aides will make sure to highlight the stark differences between the incoming and outgoing presidents. But on the day that the first confrontation between the two countries erupts, Netanyahu is bound to find that Trump’s “warm feelings” extend only towards himself, and possibly Vladimir Putin, who may have handed him his November 8 victory. If Israel dares defy Trump or insult him, as it did Obama, the president will strike back with a vengeance, as he does to anyone who challenges him. But contrary to the staple accusation that Israeli politicians made towards Obama, it will be hard to accuse Trump of being an anti-Semite, now that he has an official certificate of philo-Semitism from the King of the Jews himself.
Trump’s Blood and Gore Attacks on the Media Could Star in Der Sturmer
The millions of Americans who lap up his bluster are just as depressing as the cynical Republicans who won’t disown him
ed note–not that it should need explanation or reiteration, nevertheless, Jews as a group don’t go around calling people ‘NAZIS’ if said persons are in their camp, on their payroll and working to further the interests of Judea Inc, a little factoid to consider the next time some expert in ‘duh muuvmnt’ is claiming that Trump wants to get WWIII started in order to pave the way for the creation of ‘Greater Israel’.
Chemi Shalev, Haaretz
Between his tweet about Mika Brzezinski’s bleeding face and the one with the video showing him pummeling a man with a CNN logo superimposed on his face, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke at a mass rally for veterans in Washington D.C., in which he also savaged the media. It has its own interests, he said. It’s trying to impose its agenda, he added. Journalists try to undermine the will of the people, he asserted. It’s un-American, he implied. But we are going to show them who’s in charge here, he bellowed, and the crowd stoop up in wild applause.
The association to fascist 20th-century demagogues, from Franco to Mussolini to Hitler, was inevitable. The object of incitement might change, but the methods are tried and tested. Trump depicts the media as a demon. He is spreading poisonous propaganda against it, full of blood, gore, conspiracy and treasonous insinuations, in a style that could have starred in the Nazi rag Der Sturmer. He is accusing the media of standing in the way of the nation, of trying to undo its decision to vote him into office. He is trying to undermine the media’s credibility across the board. He is openly inciting against journalists, naming them by name, stirring up hate against them. He knows that this is what his crowd wants to hear, and their enthusiasm, which was on display during Wednesday’s rally at Kennedy Center, spurs him on and fires him up to escalate his attacks.
His legions of defenders, justifiers and enablers are also reminiscent of times gone by. On Fox News on Sunday night, supposedly learned commentators asserted that the media is getting its just deserts. That it has earned Trump’s outbursts. That journalists are indeed conspiring against him. That if they attack him he can justifiably attack them back, as if he wasn’t the all-powerful president of the United States whose job it is to run the country while their raison d’etre is, in fact, to criticize him. When CNN sacked three employees this week for broadcasting an unfounded story on ties between one of Trump’s aides and the Russians, it was taken by objective observers as an indication of the network’s tough attitude toward so-called fake news. Trump and his detractors, however, view it as a vindication of their accusations.
Other Trump defenders claim that his tactics are vindicated by their success. Trump’s “base” – they claim – loves his bluster and laps it up. They hate the media no less than him. Their appetite for his wild attacks is insatiable. They continue to support him, no matter what, proving that his strategy is working. Trump’s voters blame the media, along with other East Coast liberal know-it-alls, for their personal problems and for America’s challenges. They earnestly believe that rather than portray his stellar achievements, the media is distorting reality and painting a black picture. They are sure that Washington is now being ruled by a strong leader who won’t tolerate the travesty.
It’s hard to decide which is more depressing: The millions of Americans who are being duped by a president who is trying to shift attention away from the horrifying possibility that he was elected by virtue of Russian intervention, a president whose misogyny is so pronounced he doesn’t even try to conceal it, a president who is trying to peddle a modern version of the slogan once used by White Russians in pogroms against Jews – “Smite the journalist and save America!” – or Trump’s Republican supporters and defenders who refuse to come out against him, because they agree with him, because they’re scared of him or because they are wary of admitting how much they were mistaken in the first place to support him.
The rest of America doesn’t know how to handle the Trump phenomenon. There has never been a president who has broken the mold of the American presidency so harshly and so dramatically. The U.S. Constitution tried to prepare for such a day, but the imagination of its founders couldn’t foresee someone like Trump. Barring definitive proof of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” impeachment is not in the cards. And it’s hard to see U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s cabinet members summoning up the courage to invoke the 25th Amendment by which they could suspend his presidency for being unable to carry out the duties of his office.
The best-case scenario now is that Trump is engaged in a calculated and cynical strategy. At worst, journalists will be deterred from tackling him, perhaps even one or two will fall victim to violence, an act that could turn things around quickly. The worst-case scenario, on the other hand, is that Trump’s outbursts are a symptom of overall insanity. If this is the case, then he won’t make do with the media – other minorities, including the Jews, will be next in line.
Worse, Trump’s behavior strengthens doubts and suspicions around the world about his mental stability. It encourages America’s rivals to provoke him and it increases anxiety among America’s allies that he can’t be relied on to react rationally. In such a scenario, Trump’s tweets and vulgar statements will be construed one day as an early warning sign that like dangerous megalomaniacs before him, Trump is an existential danger to America and the rest of the world.