Analysis: Steve Bannon’s Appointment Is a Moment of Truth for U.S. Jews


 

 

ed note—oooohhhh, several GOODIES herein…

‘Pragmatic Jewish leaders, knowing who would be in power for the next four years, congratulated and reached out to Trump…The day after the election, Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, attacked the Anti-Defamation League for its behavior during the campaign, charging that the ADL had been too hard on Trump’s supporters.’

ed note–In other words, as we said here on the night of Trump’s election, all the Judaic backslapping and congratulatory noises coming out of the ghetto were there to make Trump forget all about who worked against him during the campaign, and not because they were ‘friendly’ to him.

‘The large Jewish organizations whose raison d’etre is to broker and lobby the centers of power in the U.S. government on behalf of Jewish interests will feel they must maintain a connection with the Trump White House. They will be urged to do so by the Israeli government…’

ed note–WHAT? AN ORGANIZED JEWISH CONSPIRACY TO CONTROL THE US GOVERNMENT, HEADQUARTERED IN ISRAEL, THE ‘JEWISH STATE’?????–

INCONCEIVABLE!!!!!

Allison Kaplan Sommer for Haaretz

After tapping campaign CEO Stephen Bannon as chief strategist, no one can say there is any ambiguity as to who Trump is and what kind of president he plans to be.

Less than a week after Election Day, a clear moral dilemma is presenting itself to the American Jewish community: To work with or against the most powerful leader in the world – one who has placed a white supremacist and anti-Semite at his side.

Donald Trump has appointed Stephen Bannon, his former campaign CEO, as chief strategist and top aide – a man who deliberately shaped the Breitbart news site into an online gathering place for racists, white nationalists and misogynists. No one can pretend there is any ambiguity as to who Trump is and what kind of president he plans to be. He is precisely the same divisive and dangerous figure he was in his campaign.

If proof of that is necessary beyond the Bannon appointment, the fact that Trump has refused to repudiate his fractious and frightening campaign rhetoric in post-election interviews provides it. When asked directly by The Wall Street Journal if he regretted inveighing against Muslims, Latinos and other groups during his campaign, the president-elect said “No,” because, after all, “I won.”

During the days immediately following the elections, American Jews could do little more than cross their fingers, watching with trepidation for a signal as to what kind of president he would shape up to be.

The vast majority of U.S. Jews – liberal Democrats who voted against Trump in overwhelming numbers – were dismayed by his win, but hoped in the name of unity that he would disavow the vile rhetoric that characterized his campaign as he headed into the White House.

Republican Jews, even some who had deep reservations about Trump, let themselves celebrate the fact that the GOP would now be in control of both the White House and the Capitol. Many had been reassured by surrogates like Trump lawyers Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman – and by Trump’s Orthodox Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner – that a Trump administration would indeed, be “good for the Jews” and, in particular, good for Israel.

Pragmatic Jewish leaders, knowing who would be in power for the next four years, congratulated and reached out to Trump.

The day after the election, there was already a preview of things to come. Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, attacked the Anti-Defamation League for its behavior during the campaign, charging that the ADL had been too hard on Trump’s supporters.

“The ADL has put itself potentially in a compromising position going forward, in terms of its ability to interact with the incoming administration,” Brooks said.

The ADL’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, responded defiantly that it would not be deterred in calling out anti-Semitism – no matter the source.

And herein lies the crux of the problem. Republican loyalists and the large Jewish organizations whose raison d’etre is to broker and lobby the centers of power in the U.S. government on behalf of Jewish interests will feel they must maintain a connection with the Trump White House. They will be urged to do so by the Israeli government, which will effectively argue that it is a strategic necessity to stay on the good side of the White House, no matter who resides there and no matter who their aides are.

These groups are likely to justify “normalizing” Trump by pointing to the Israel-hostile and anti-Semitic elements within the left, and arguing that this never stopped them from talking to the Obama White House.

It’s exactly the same way in which Bannon defends the alt-right, which he denies is racist. In a Mother Jones interview, he contended: “Look, are there some people that are white nationalists that are attracted to some of the philosophies of the alt-right? Maybe,” he said.

“Are there some people that are anti-Semitic that are attracted? Maybe. Right? Maybe some people are attracted to the alt-right that are homophobes, right? But that’s just like, there are certain elements of the progressive left and the hard left that attract certain elements.” “

Such equivalency, of course, is impossible to buy.

In 2008, after all, then-candidate Barack Obama ended up resigning his membership in his church over his pastor Jeremiah Wright’s inflammatory remarks, which were mild compared to what Bannon published every day on Breitbart: He didn’t bring Wright into his campaign, and he certainly didn’t give him a top job at the White House.

Groups like the ADL, for whom standing against anti-Semitism trumps getting along with the powers-that-be, certainly won’t buy it. The ADL was the first – and so far the only – major U.S. Jewish organization to denounce Bannon’s appointment.

If violence against minorities continues to mount, and a Bannon-strategized White House continues to dismiss, ignore or in any way encourage it – the Jewish grass roots, particularly young Jews, won’t stay silent when Jewish organizations and Israeli leaders “normalize” President Donald Trump with the usual “warm and productive” meetings and photo-ops that characterize the opening days of a presidency.

Think seas were stormy for Jews and Israel during the Obama-Netanyahu struggle over the Iran deal? We ain’t seen nothing yet.

  1. #1 by Omar Mohammed on 11/14/2016 - 4:06 pm

    What about the appointment of his Jewish son in law and Newt Gingrich ?

    To me the people that Trump appointed will benefit the jews more than the Arabs and Muslims.

  2. #3 by Mary Grace on 11/14/2016 - 6:02 pm

    Here’s excerpt of the President Elect of United States of Israel:
    Donald Trump speech before AIPAC on March 21, 2016

    Good evening. Thank you very much.
    I speak to you today as a lifelong supporter and true friend of Israel.
    I am a newcomer to politics, but not to backing the Jewish state…
    When I become president, the days of treating Israel like a second-class citizen will end on day one.
    Thank you.
    And when I say something, I mean it, I mean it.
    I will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu immediately. I have known him for many years and we’ll be able to work closely together to help bring stability and peace to Israel and to the entire region….
    And they must come to the table willing to accept that Israel is a Jewish state and it will forever exist as a Jewish state.
    I love the people in this room. I love Israel. I love Israel. I’ve been with Israel so long in terms of I’ve received some of my greatest honors from Israel, my father before me, incredible. My daughter, Ivanka, is about to have a beautiful Jewish baby.
    Link – http://www.timesofisrael.com/donald-trumps-full-speech-to-aipac/

  3. #4 by trevorlabonte on 11/14/2016 - 6:34 pm

    People who do not understand politics constantly send us this stuff, we have seen it all a million times. This website is for deeper analysis, not skating around on the surface and stating the obvious over and over. I wrote this piece today to try to get people to look beneath the words that are being said and look at the actions taking place. On (very) misguided Anti-NWO analysts who think Trump “works for the jews”…

  4. #5 by PJ London on 11/15/2016 - 1:43 am

    Trump could do no better than to paraphrase a speech (reputedly) of Putin’s.
    I have changed ‘Russia’ to ‘America’ and it would solve all queries by Muslims, Mexicans, jews, Blacks, women and any other victims.

    “In America live Americas. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in America, to work and eat in America, should speak as an American, and should respect the American laws. If they prefer Shari’ya Law, or Talmudic Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law. America does not need minorities. Minorities need America, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The American customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of most minorities. When this honourable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the national interest first, observing that the minorities are not Americans.”

    — Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressing the Duma February 4th, 2013. The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a standing ovation for 5+ minutes!

  5. #6 by trevorlabonte on 11/15/2016 - 10:21 am

    Do you really think for one second that any of us do not know that? It’s just WORDS. Campaign talk. Trump has to play the game. Did you really expect him to say “Heil Hezbollah, Palestine will be free from the river to the sea?” Not paying lip service to the jews is political suicide. How can you possibly have been ignoring what the jews have been saying about Trump for the last YEAR? They are TERRIFIED of him. They are SCREECHING. They have done everything in their power to halt his rise to power. They KNOW something is wrong. They do not BELIEVE that Trump is their friend. PLEASE pay attention.

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