Bill Maher: Based on Republican Statements “The Israelis are Controlling Our Government” (VIDEO)
Bill Maher joined the chorus of conspiracy theorists this weekend, perpetuating the trope that Israel has undue influence over American policy. During a debate with Jamie Weinstein, editor of the Daily Caller, and Donna Brazile, a Democratic Strategist, on Chuck Hagel, Maher was blunt in his “assessment.” The full transcript is below courtesy of The Lid blog):
JAMIE WEINSTEIN, EDITOR AT DAILY CALLER: Just yesterday, there was a new speech that they believe in which during the question and answer [session] at Rutgers University, Hagel claimed that the State Department was controlled by the Israeli government. Israeli foreign ministry controls the government.
DONNA BRAZILE, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: You see, Bill, what they’re doing is they’re going after every speech.
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BILL MAHER, HOST OF “REAL TIME” ON HBO: And it’s not?
WEINSTEIN: Well, there’s two things wrong with that. One is that — it’s, you know, kind of suggesting Israeli power is controlling things. Number two, of all the branches of the government, the State Department being the most pro-Israel branch is ridiculous.
MAHER: Based on every statement I’ve heard out of any Republican in the last two years, the Israelis are controlling our government.
WEINSTEIN: Not the State Department, that’s for sure. (HBO’s Real Time, February 15, 2013)
The statement received a round of applause from many in Maher’s audience, but as The Lid points out: “The crazy part of it all is that even in pro-Israel administrations the State Department has an anti-Israel history.”
Watch a video of the shocking episode below: