[News] The Zionist-white supremacist alliance in Trump's White House
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The Zionist-white supremacist alliance in Trump's White House
Ali Abunimah <https://electronicintifada.net/people/ali-abunimah> 15
A much-discussed article
in /The New York Times/ about pressure on President Donald Trump to fire
his adviser Steve Bannon
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/steve-bannon> contains this
Mr. Bannon’s ability to hang on as Mr. Trump’s in-house populist is
in part because of his connections to a handful of ultrarich
political patrons, including Sheldon G. Adelson, the pro-Israel
casino magnate who is based in Las Vegas.
As executive chairman of /Breitbart News/ before joining the Trump
campaign, Bannon transformed the right-wing outlet into what he
as the “the platform for the alt-right” – the collection of neo-Nazis,
white supremacists and racists who have been the renewed focus of
outrage since their violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.
Bannon is widely viewed as the champion of the white supremacists – some
of whom were openly parading with Nazi flags
– and the reason why Trump did not explicitly condemn them immediately
after one of their number, allegedly James Alex Fields, 20, rammed his
car into counterdemonstrators killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer
and injuring more than a dozen others.
Hence the renewed pressure on Trump to fire Bannon. But if Bannon
supports the white supremacist and clearly anti-Semitic far-right, why
does he enjoy the backing of Adelson?
The Las Vegas billionaire, as is well known
is a major financier of the US Republican Party and one of the biggest
donors to pro-Israel organizations in the United States. Adelson has
he regrets serving in the US army, instead of Israel’s.
He is also a close ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu –
and that’s where the answer can be found.
Israeli leaders, including Netanyahu, have been conspicuously silent
about Nazis rampaging in Charlottesville – all the more strange since
Israel is usually quick
international events to its advantage. (After three days of silence
<http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.807025>, Netanyahu finally, on
<https://twitter.com/IsraeliPM/status/897454226078658561> a general
condemnation of “anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism and racism” without
specifically mentioning Charlottesville.)
Why is the “Jewish state” apparently so reluctant to speak out against
Israel’s anti-Semitic alliances
While Israel purports to be the protector of Jews all over the world,
Zionists historically made alliances
with the world’s most lethal anti-Semites. Zionists and anti-Semites,
after all, shared the analysis that Jews do not belong in Europe, so why
not cooperate to transport them somewhere else – Palestine.
This odious alliance continues in updated form, as journalist Max
But this is the essence of Zionism and why it's been received so
amenably by gentile fascists who also want Jews out
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) August 14, 2017
A cornerstone of Israel’s policy today is to cement ties with other
ultra-nationalist, racist and Islamophobic forces around the world –
even if they are also anti-Semitic.
A striking example is Netanyahu’s own embrace
of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, despite the latter’s recent
for Viktor Horthy, the wartime ally of Hitler who oversaw the murder of
500,000 Holocaust victims.
Israel’s interests took precedence over the safety concerns of Hungarian
Jews, as Netanyahu ordered his foreign ministry
<http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.800437> to tamp down criticism of
Orban’s anti-Semitic dog whistles.
Notably, Richard Spencer, the neo-Nazi ideologue who wants to create an
Aryan homeland in North America, has called his mission a “sort of white
Spencer has ties
to another senior White House adviser, Stephen Miller.
A similar ideological alliance prevails inside the White House. And
Israel has guarded it: Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador in Washington,
publicly defended Bannon
in the days following last November’s election, after American Jewish
groups strongly criticized Bannon’s appointment to a top position.
Ideology and convenience
But the Adelson-Bannon partnership is also one of convenience. The
Adelson-backed Zionist Organization of America is waging a campaign
against Trump’s National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, which aims to
portray the army general as “hostile to Israel.”
McMaster also happens to be one of Bannon’s key opponents
inside the White House.
Establishment Israel lobby figures, such as the Obama administration’s
ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, have leapt to McMaster’s defense:
Two leading Israeli security figures debunk the absurd and offensive
canard that McMaster is unfriendly to Israel.https://t.co/Kp2GnBvkaL
— Dan Shapiro (@DanielBShapiro) August 14, 2017
Choose your war
There are substantive issue at stake. Part of Bannon’s ultra-nationalist
“America First” agenda is opposing some US military interventions,
a renewed “surge” in Afghanistan that is supported by McMaster and US
defense secretary James Mattis.
That is not Adelson’s – or Netanyahu’s interest – however. Bannon and
other ultra-right figures including White House advisor Sebastian Gorka
– have been key opponents of the international deal with Iran over its
nuclear energy program. Blocking or undermining the Iran deal has been
Netanyahu’s preoccupation for years
Bannon and Gorka furiously opposed
the State Department’s recent certification that Iran is in compliance
with the terms of the agreement.
The Zionist Organization of America’s key allegation
against McMaster is that he is too sympathetic towards Iran.
Reporting by /The Forward/ revealed
that Gorka is a member of a Hungarian far-right group that was
controlled by the Nazis during the war, and has given backing
to an anti-Semitic militia.
For those who support justice and oppose war and racism, there is no
“side” to choose in this battle. On one side, you have the
Bannon-Adelson faction pushing extreme Zionism, anti-Semitism, white
supremacy and possible war with Iran. On the other, you have have the
McMaster faction, backed by the DC establishment, which wants to
perpetuate America’s existing imperial wars, starting with escalation in
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