Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Kerry and his Court Jews

August 12, 2013 9:08 am 33 comments

John Kerry announces the onset of negotiations. Photo: Screenshot.

In an effort to secure support for his newly launched “peace process,” Secretary of State John Kerry met last Thursday evening with a selected group of American Jewish leaders. Like Rabbi Stephen Wise before them, who tacitly consented to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s determination to do nothing to rescue European Jews from the Holocaust, they comprised a roster of Court Jews.

Among the organization officials who were invited to display their deference to the Obama administration “peace process” were representatives of the American Jewish Committee, J Street, AIPAC, B’nai Brith, Hadassah, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and representatives of the Conservative and Orthodox movements.

Predictably, Kerry vigorously urged his hand-picked group to “endorse and support” the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that he has been so driven to revive. Israel, he warned, faces the threat of diplomatic isolation if it does not reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians. And, echoing President Obama during his own recent visit to Jerusalem, he warned that Israel faced a looming demographic threat to its Jewish majority without the birth of a Palestinian state.

Both assertions, however, are misguided. Too many nations, in Europe and the Middle East especially, are invested in their hallucinations of Jewish venality for a peace treaty with the Palestinians to dilute their Judeophobia. The evil Israelis, like the malevolent Jews for millennia before Israel existed, are too deeply embedded in Muslim and Christian culture for erasure by wishful thinking.

As for the demographic “threat” to Israel if “peace” with the Palestinians is not quickly reached, it doesn’t exist. The “demographers of doom” (as Yoram Ettinger aptly and alliteratively identifies settlement critics), Kerry and Obama among them, are wrong. West of the Jordan River, where under international law dating to 1922 Jews have enjoyed the right of “close settlement,” nearly two-thirds of the population is Jewish. The percentage of Israelis living in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank claimed by the Palestinian Authority as its homeland) is not far below the percentage of Israeli Arab citizens. And Jewish birth rates are rising while Palestinians are having fewer children.

Conspicuously missing from the meeting with Kerry were representatives of vigorously pro-Israel organizations, including the Zionist Organization of America and Aish HaTorah. But among those in attendance was Martin Indyk, the newly designated Special Envoy for Middle East Peace who will guide the negotiations as the Obama administration’s representative. Indyk, despite an impressive diplomatic record that includes service as the Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs and United States ambassador to Israel, is hardly neutral in his own organizational affiliation. He served on the board of directors of the New Israel Fund, which strongly opposes “the occupation and the settlement enterprise.”

It has always been excruciating for American Jews and their organizational leaders to be caught in the cross hairs of divided loyalty. So it was for Rabbi Wise during the Holocaust; so it also was after the war for American Jewish Committee President Joseph Proskauer, whose apprehension lest his American patriotism be questioned led him to vigorously oppose the creation of a Jewish state. So, most conspicuously, it has long been for members of the Sulzberger family, as The New York Times has consistently demonstrated in its biased coverage – in news, editorial and opinion columns – of Israel.

Headlines every day – even in the Times – reveal the ominous dangers looming on Israel’s borders, and not far beyond them. Syria and Egypt are disintegrating into intra-tribal warfare; Iraq is already there; and Iran’s imminent nuclear capabilities present more than a remote threat. With Al-Qaeda fighters infiltrating nearby crumbling Arab nations, it would be suicidal for Israel to permit a Palestinian state to join Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon along its pre-1967 “Auschwitz” borders.

Secretary Kerry is, of course, free to indulge his Nobel Peace Prize fantasies at Israel’s expense. But given Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent decision to release Palestinian murderers from multiple life-term prison sentences to appease Mahmoud Abbas (and, surely, Kerry), and the likelihood that he will, when squeezed, freeze settlement construction, these next nine months of surrender negotiations are likely to be pregnant with the possibility of the birth of a monster at Israel’s doorstep.

Jerold S. Auerbach is professor emeritus of history at Wellesley College.

33 Comments

  • For Israel there is only 1 course, only to do what is in the best interests of Israel and her people, regardless.

    • Kenneth Sandale

      “For Israel there is only 1 course, only to do what is in the best interests of Israel and her people, regardless”

      So then, should not America do what is best for America, even if that is bad for Israel?

      If the Arabs once again threaten America regarding oil because of our support for Israel, wouldn’t it best to dump Israel? Wouldn’t it be best for America to not send huge amounts of our taxpayer dollars to Israel?

      People like you are hurting Israel.

      • To long has the world turned a blind eye to the atrocities committed on to Jews. To long has oil been more important than our lives and right to exist in a land that god has given and many have died to cultivate.If the British weren’t drunk from the power of they’re lust of an empire and foreign oil countless lives would have been saved from the evil of the Holocaust. Israel is a land for all Jews and I believe we all have the responsibility to do what we can to support its existence. The idea that we as American Jews should dump Israel because of oil is a travesty. This administration should learn from the horrible mistakes of the past and help defend Israel. I love the United States but our government is failing and we could learn from Israel

  • “Kerry’s” grandparents were named KOHN, they thought it would be better to be goyim when they came to America!!!

    How much more can the “choir boy” do to prove what a wonderful goy he is, well he can try to squeeze Israel harder than anyone else and really prove himself!!! He will fail like they all do.

    Let him deal with all the land the goyim took from the Jews over the centuries, beginning with present day Jordan, Lebanon,& Syria, and who knows what else.

  • R’Fael is right. When the USA is among our best ally, it is a sad situation! It is so sad when the smallest minority group of people is continuously maligned. So few people of power will stand up and speak loudly in Israel and the Jewish peoples’ defense.

  • If Arabs attack Israel, they must be smashed with atomic bomb so that they would forget how to rise their heads against Israel! And that would be the end of all the hostilities. The same as America did to Japan. And normal life will begin. This is my sober opinion.

  • it’s time Israel tell the world to go get stuffed. our fate is in our own hands. USA have been threatening us long enough, let them keep their money and let’s see how well they prosper. let them start backing and supporting their muslim brothers to go along with their muslim president. we will survive even if it means a little more hardship for us. we will see who comes out on top. but listening to the rest of the world who are supporting the evil that exists in this world must stop. let them sanction, let them boycott, we will survive. and in the meantime lets take all the land that belongs to us. Israel is my home and the palestinians and the rest of the world can get stuffed. Israel is forever and the politicians and liberals of this world must jump in unison off a bridge.

    • Kenneth Sandale

      “it’s time Israel tell the world to go get stuffed. our fate is in our own hands. USA have been threatening us long enough, let them keep their money and let’s see how well they prosper. let them start backing and supporting their muslim brothers to go along with their muslim president. ”

      You think the president of the United States is a Muslim?

  • Obama and Kerry have assumed the mantle of Chamberlain and Dalladier; and what we are witnessing, in this perfidy-cum-peace process, is simply another replay of Munich and Poland-1939. There is no rational reason to trust Abbas’ assurances any more than Chamberlain and Dalladier could have trusted those of Hitler and Ribbentrop. Recent history shows that an obsession for diplomatic solutions to resolve international disputes involving dictators can only lead to intensification of the conflict. The result is a war that such an obsessive diplomatic process was intended to prevent. This is due to the attitude of the dictator towards the other party, and his objective.

  • Fantastic piece, Professor Auerbach. Probably the only benefit reaped from the defunct Oslo Accords is that their failure has clarified what the true obstacle to peace between Israel and the Palestinians is.

    Sadly, it has never been the territories, or the settlements, or the settlers – it has been the very existence of Israel.

    It is worth noting that from 1949-67, when Jews were forbidden to live in the West Bank and “East” Jerusalem, the Arabs nonetheless refused to make peace with the “Zionist Entity”.

    When time permits, I encourage you to read a piece I wrote that was published by CiF Watch that deconstructs the myth of Jewish communities established in the West Bank after 1967 as being the root source of the Arab-Israeli conflict:

    http://cifwatch.com/2012/07/05/its-the-settlements-stupid-alon-liels-fantastic-vision-for-peace-in-our-time/

    Thank you,
    Gidon Ben-Zvi

  • Sadly, the readers of Algemeiner seem to live delusionary lives. That is what I surmise from these menacing comments of how this administration is the ‘worst’ to the Jews and how those of us who are not “Torah-true” are beneath contempt. Sadly, because the current Israeli administration may finally be breaking free from a monopoly imposed by anti-Zionist Haredim. You may prefer to win the land and lose its Jewish soul. Be careful what you wish for. You might reap the whirlwind.

  • The American Jewish Committee, J Street, AIPAC, B’nai Brith, Hadassah, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and representatives of the Conservative and Orthodox movements – that is a pretty wide and representative spectrum of the American Jewish community. By calling them “court Jews,” Auerbach is insinuating that this large collection of independent personalities are mere sycophants, incapable of formulating their own views about Israel and the Palestinians. It might be more plausible to make that claim about marginal groups such as Zionist Organization of America and Aish HaTorah.

    • It is not a matter of capability or intelligence, Diogenes. It is about the powerful lure of being on the A-list, and the powerful threat of being excluded from it. These group leaders believe that their whole credibility with their rank-and-file hinges upon getting a White House invitation, so they do what is needed to continue getting invited. It is not 100% vanity. It is also that these leaders ask themselves “if I cannot continue to get invited to the White House, then who will be there to speak for the Jews?” The problem is, they miss the very irony of their own question. The real question is “if I am used to serve as cover for the administration, then what incentive will the administration ever have to stop using the Israelis as their whipping boy?” The ZOA is liberated from this whole temptation and not terribly challenging conundrum.

  • I so wish all those folks I know who support Israel could read the comments here. Get it through your heads. Kerry is correct. If you don’t go back to the 67 borders, create a viable Palestinan state, that $1 Trillion the wonderful American people have given Israel since 1948…should simply end! Israel receives more $ from US taxpayers than all other countries combined, even those where the population is starving and dying like flies. The 2% of the American people who refer to themselves as Jews, do not support Israel and its right wing Likud government. We remember the USS Liberty, the Gaza Flotilla’s etc. We are no longer fooled or bamboozled…it is what it is. The American people are fighting for their survival, they could care less what happens in Israel. We only know what your doing to Palestinans in your quest for all Palestinan lands, makes you a despised nation. Without US support, Israel will melt into the middle east, in isolation.

    • Your math skills are extrmely flawed. Jordan, Egypt and the Palesitnian Authority receive more than does Israel. It’s is nothing close to one trillion.A majority of all Americans support Israel.I could also go into your delusions about Palestinian land (it was Jordanian) your Judenrein inclinations (Jew have also lived on that land for 200+ years. etc. Even your user name is flawed.

      • Jonathan Marchant

        Dear Sarah,
        Know that “spktruth” is a minority, which is not to say he is not a menace. In 1928 2.8% of the German vote went to National Socialism; in five years AH (We know what that stands for; Benito Mussolini’s initials are equally significant. The American president’s . . . never mind) was chancellor. Please keep in mind his or her kind of racism does not go unnoticed by those of us resolved to eradicate it.

  • This whole process is a joke. Releasing murderers to appease the arabs is a disgrace. Very shocked At Bibi,pressure or not! I supported the President and even voted for Kerry but they are both a huge dissapointment. Tell it like it is. The Arabs only want no Israel and no jews,ANYWHERE!! Give not one inch of land!! and keep the killers behind bars..(remember the late Rabbi Kahane? he had it right 30 yrs ago. Where have we strayed?

    • You are very right Yussi, I support your vision of Israel completely. No land to Arabs, destroy terrorists instead of giving them highect education for Israel expense. No negotiations at all with those, who do not recognize Israeli’s people right to live! Ignore pceudoliberals demagogues and build happy life for Israelies! Obama is an active enemy to Israel and Jews. Kerry just doing his job as a servant to Obama. Kerey is flattered with his position as a Secretary of State, he is thankful to Obama for this gift; we call it prostitute attitude. Stay strong Israel, you are strong in your military streangs and your people’s spirit. We support independant Israel forever! Obama should be impeached long time ago. He is no president according to his abilities and activities. There was no Obama’s beginning which would not be wrong for America with its people, and Israel. Obama should go back to Kenia, where he was born and not making it look like he has abilities to govern this great country and judje the world. Let him to bow very low to Muslims!

  • The time come to understand that USA is not our friend. U.s, is acting according it’s interests even if the price will be Jewish blood. US wants to appease the Arabs in order to ensure the goodwill of the Arab’s countries to free the flew of oil to US. Israel is not a friend of US from US point of view. Israel is a pion of the US in the global chess playing.

    • I agree, except for the part about the U.S. acting according to its interests. I fail to see how appeasing the Muslim Brotherhood is in the interest of the U.S.

    • 1: Nations have intrests, not friends.
      2: The USA has generally been a friend to Israel.
      3: This is the most anti-Israel US administration since Jimmy Carter was President.
      4: Pray we do not see a President Hillary.

    • Dov, I actively disagree with your expression that US is against Jews and ISRAEL. US people in their majority support Israel position and sympatize with it. It is Obama behind all the nasty action against Israel. Let go to hell your couvard’s politcorrectness and name the words by their name!

  • Isn’t it about time that we True, unwavering believers, call it what it is and distinguish between ourselves, those of us who are proudly and steadfastly Jewish, who choose to remain Faithful to our Torah-true Traditions and Ancestral Homeland, and those whose faith and love of the Land are subject to the changing whims of time and fashion, who are only ‘Jewish’ by accident of birth…let’s call them for what they have chosen to become: Not ‘Jewish’ but…’Leftish’.

    • Yet the Israeli people know this is bunk. Only 9.6% of a survey of Israelis (including Arab Israelis) thought this act of absurdity was warranted. The cabinet of Netanyahu is out of touch or just doesn’t care what its constituents want.

  • On one hand American Jews are told not to have dual loyalties.And now this character Kerry is teling them to act as if they had dual loyalties.

    • When it comes to the Anti-Jews and Anti-Israel crowd like Kerry, including other Jews like J Street, there is a double standard which is always against the Jewish people and the state of Israel.

  • apostates our worst enemies, like Cap Weinberger erstwhile

  • Robert Geller

    Once again, another example of how quickly American Jews will act to appease representatives of the Obama administration at the expense of Israel. Israel has easily recognized enemies on every front as well as many American Jews who feel that the only way to be viewed as liberal and intelligent is to oppose the interests of Israel.

    Remember that Obama visited the Arab countrys before he finally, in his second term, decided to pay a visit to Israel.

    And American Jews continue to support him and his policies irregardless of how destructive they may be to Israel!

    • Excellently said. I just hope the 30% of American Jews who voted for Romney figure out quickly that they belong here. It is time they came home to the future of the Jewish people. No matter how important the Conference of Jewish Organizations thinks it is in the end it is just a group of people who think they are speaking for the rest of us but sadly are only kissing up to the current resident of the White House.

  • John Kerry paternal forbears were apostate Jews

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Arts and Culture Music Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    Coldplay Begins Concert With Broadcast of Charlie Chaplin’s Iconic Speech in ‘The Great Dictator’

    British rock band Coldplay started its set at the Glastonburg Festival on Sunday by broadcasting excerpts of the iconic speech Charlie Chaplin delivered in The Great Dictator, the 1940 political satire in which the famous filmmaker/movie star played a Jewish barber. “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone,” Chaplin begins his address. “I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Sports Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    Two Decades Before Cleveland’s First NBA Title, LeBron James Walked Onto a JCC Court

    JNS.org – The seed for the city of Cleveland’s first professional championship in a major sport in 52 years may have been planted at the Shaw Jewish Community Center on White Pond Drive in Akron, Ohio, nearly 20 years ago. That’s when a tall, lanky kid from Akron named LeBron James walked onto the hardwood court and changed the game of basketball forever. Coach Keith Dambrot, now the head basketball coach at the University of Akron, conducted those sessions that attracted […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    North American Studios Look to Israel for Next Animation Hit

    JNS.org – In 2008, Yoram Honig was a producer and director living in Jerusalem, fresh off his first international hit, when the Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) came to him with a challenge: build a film industry from scratch in Israel’s capital. “When we started here, was nothing in Jerusalem,” he said during an interview in his office in the Talbiya neighborhood. Now, the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, which Honig heads as an arm of the JDA, pumps 9 million shekels […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Sports Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

    Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend. Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design. The outcome of the P&G Championships will help […]

    Read more →
  • Europe Sports British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    British World Heavyweight Champion Should Be Banned From Boxing for Sounding Like Hitler, Says Ukrainian Competitor

    Britain’s world heavyweight champion, Taylor Fury, should be banned from boxing for making Nazi-like comments, a former world champion from the Ukraine said on Thursday, ahead of their upcoming match. “I was in shock at his statements about women, the gay community, and when he got to the Jewish people, he sounded like Hitler,” Wladimir Klitschko told British media, according to Reuters. “We cannot have a champion like that. Either he needs to be shut up or shut down in the ring, or […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Shows Cooking Skills and Humor on Chopped

    Rabbi Hanoch Hecht just made television history; but, unfortunately, he couldn’t have his rugelach and eat it too. Hecht became the first rabbi to compete on the hit show “Chopped,” where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert. A contestant is eliminated after each round. Hecht, 32, said that while the dishes and utensils were new, the kitchen was not kosher, so he couldn’t taste […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Music Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox Entertainer Stars in Pepsi Max Commercial as New Face of Company’s Israel Campaign (VIDEO)

    Orthodox singer and entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer is starring in a new Pepsi Max commercial for the company’s campaign in Israel. The commercial begins with a bunch of Jewish men eating at a restaurant, when Schmeltzer walks in and tries to decide what to order. An employee at the obviously Israeli eatery offers him a variety of foods, but the entertainer in the end decides on a bottle of Pepsi. Everyone in the restaurant then joins him, drinking Pepsi Max and dancing to […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Book Reviews Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    Jewish Author’s ‘Messy’ Draft Transforms Into Rock Star Novel on Amazon

    JNS.org – “Writing is a messy process,” says author Elizabeth Poliner. “People who don’t write fiction would be surprised to see what early drafts could look like.” But readers wouldn’t know “what a mess it was for the longest time,” as the Jewish author puts it, when reading Poliner’s critically acclaimed latest book, As Close to Us as Breathing. The volume garnered Amazon’s “Best Book” designation in March 2016 as well as rave reviews from the New York Times,W Magazine, NPR, […]

    Read more →