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The Secret War Against the Jews

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President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel in 2013. Photo: White House.

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel in 2013. Photo: White House.

It is no secret that nations spy on each other. They always have. Just think of Moses and Joshua sending spies into Canaan. That’s what you should expect and be prepared for, both defensively and offensively if necessary — whether it is through individual contacts, so-called diplomats, arms dealers, shady fifth men, electronic surveillance, or hacking. The benefit of Internet technology is that it is less and less possible to hide what nefarious activities go on.

We have known for a long time that where there are peace treaties, in addition to the publicly available official terms, there have always been unofficial side deals, national and personal, not divulged to the public for all kinds of reasons. Some will call it diplomacy (warfare through lies); others will call it wise counsel. We have just had an example of the Internet revealing such a side deal.

An American planeload of cash notes in various currencies was photographed arriving in Iran. After it had been checked by the Iranians, another plane took off in the other direction carrying released hostages. No, said Obama, this was not trading for hostages. The money was part of a previously agreed restitution of Iranian money originally intended for an arms deal that the US held back when it imposed sanctions. Yes, pull the other leg. That’s why it happened just now and in secret and within hours of releasing hostages. And why in cash? There can be no other reason than that Iran wants cash to fund terrorism in such a way that it cannot be traced.

Of course, the US government will tell you that the deal with Iran was a success. They won’t tell you what other side deals were made. I guess it all depends on how you define success. But in truth Obama’s only doing what state representatives and senators do all the time. You scratch my back, I’ll fund your pet project and pass it through Congress without anyone knowing about it.

What do you do when you realize that a supposed ally is spying on you? What do you do when you discover that your allies are really helping your enemies? This happens all the time and always has. It stands to reason when you are dealing with bodies like the American State Department or the British Foreign Office, well known for their antipathy towards Israel. After all, it makes sense in one way. There are only 14 million Jews.

If you want to read about all the examples of proven dishonesty, corruption and repeated attempts either to blame Israel or pull the rug out from underneath it, not to mention actual attempts to get it destroyed, you have only to read one book: The Secret War against the Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed The Jewish People, by John Loftus and Mark Aarons.

As the title proclaims, it deals with the diplomatic battle to attack Jews over a hundred years. We are no longer surprised at the antipathy and hatred towards Jews in Europe. But it is sad to read how far the poison has spread. The book’s frontispiece includes the famous 1992 quote from the Honorable James Baker, US secretary of State, “Fuck the Jews…they won’t vote for us anyway.” This is proof, if proof were needed, that the war against Israel is also a war against those Jews who fight for the preservation of their autonomous religious and cultural traditions.

But everywhere things are constantly changing. Once the Democrats were the main supporters of Israel. Now it’s the Republicans. Once 90% of American Jews voted Democrat. Now it is sliding rapidly down below 60%. Yet surprisingly, under Obama, Israel has received more aid than under any previous American president. And Israel is now on negotiating terms with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, and shares their position on Iran. Turkey is renewing diplomatic ties. Russia has good relations with Israel —  better certainly than under the Communists, and yet Russia is supporting Assad in cahoots with Iran. Everything is in a state of flux. Clearly, no alliance remains static. No hatred outlives self-interest. Israel must take care of itself, as it always had to. So realpolitik is the order of the day. In contrast, say, to religion, where realpolitik is a sign of its moral corruption.

Now it is a modern convention that spies, no matter how much damage they do, how many deaths they cause, are exchanged (when they are not just liquidated). Last year’s Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, was based on the real-life swap of Rudolf Abel for Gary Powers. TV series like The Americans revolve round the issue. So why is the American who spied for Israel, Jonathan Pollard, being treated vindictively, out of all proportion to his crimes? After all, he was providing proof to Israel that America was acting against it — refusing to share information that they had agreed to. And delivering documents that caused no loss of life, and endangered no system of espionage or American interests, other than American perfidy.

Yes, he was a spy. Yes, he betrayed America, and yes, he volunteered rather than being recruited. Israel itself correctly insisted that he had not been recruited as a spy, and indeed he was never employed by Mossad. Anyway, Israel thought him unreliable and had better sources of its own. Yet over the years they came round to reluctantly accept that he had acted in order to help the state and granted him citizenship. Why did Caspar Weinberger, of Jewish origin on one side, go to such an extent to vilify him, lying about the damage he did? Why did two Jewish judges, Bader Ginsburg and Silberman, refuse an appeal, when the only non-Jewish judge argued strongly for a miscarriage of justice? What does it say about their insecurity? We Jews are our own worst enemies. Interestingly, the authors only refer in passing to Pollard as a small incidental cog in the Iran-Contra scandal.

Why is everyone so obsessed with Israeli espionage? I suggest it’s a reaction against Mossad, which has a fearsome and often exaggerated reputation. It has as many failures to its credit as successes. But just as once a czarist forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, purported to explain the myth of how and why the Jews controlled the world, now the Mossad crops up everywhere from Hollywood to Bernie Sanders as the evil force that is secretly subverting and subjugating the rest of the world — when, in fact, it is only helping Israel survive against all the odds, including threats from its supposed allies. As the great Hillel said two thousand years ago, “If I am not for me, who will be?” But of course we should also remember that he went to say, “But if I am ONLY for me, what am I?”

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  • Mark Jay Mirsky

    Dear Rabbi Rosen,

    It is always a pleasure to meet a rational mind meditating the whirling die of the world, amid so many confused and irrational reactions. As the alliances around the State of Israel turn upside down, keeping our own loyalties to it clear, and rational, despite questions and concerns we might have, becomes more and more important.
    Whatever vulgarities are now flying in the American political world, neither Baker’s, nor those of the media favorites in other communities, are presently in the wind. We have to hope that this is some kind of progress.


  • Torquemada, the head of the Spanish Inquisition, who led the racist witch hunt against Jews, was a converso, his grandmother was a converted Jew.

    Both The Russian Czarist and Communist governments put secular and then Communist Jews in positions of power to abuse Jews and destroy Jewish culture and autonomy.

    Jews overwhelmingly backed the anti-semitic FDR and Truman against 4 openly philo-semitic Christian Zionist Republican opponents, Herbert Hoover, Alf Landon, Wendell Wilkie and and Thomas Dewey and later supported Obama.

    We are our own worst enemies. And yet, here we are. Maybe there is a God.

    • Gertrude

      You sound like the standard antisemitic apologist. If you study the most fervent antisemite editors/admins on Wikipedia you will find that they are all obsessed with exaggerating “Kappo” Jews, and Jews who did antisemitism, or were recorded that by anyone.

      You see the pattern of making all bad people Jewish by Catholics and east Orthodox over the past 100 years nearly ubiquitously. The reason that the Vatican planted that he was a Converso: are multiple, one is because he tortured and you know Jews tortured Jesus was the excuse for torturing Jews, but when it’s done en-masse they will attempt to blame the torture of the Jews on the powerless Jews. And mainly as they did to the Holocaust they love to change your focus to another victim, in the case of the Holocaust it was the Slavs, in the case of Torquemada it was the Muslims, the problem for the Catholic Vatican censor with achieving this was Torquemada’s obsession with Jews that all the torturers had, an easy fix is to make him Jewish, make him a Converso, no one can say otherwise, it is the Catholic way.

      Anti-Semites have a way converting people to Judaism after they die, if they don’t like them or put them in a bad light.

      I’m sure all those Conversos who were killing Conversos were really Conversos themselves. We need to learn that antisemites have won throughout history, we repeat their lies for them, there is zero chance he had a single Converso relative, his books were about killing Conversos. They just want us to be the torturers. You see Catholics doing the identical today with their Fascism. And with Communism.

      Also Jews love those kind of stories Catholics feed them, and can’t believe they get away with. It’s a way to preach to your fellow Jew.

  • stevenl

    It started with Christian antisemitism. When it failed the West inoculated the Muslims with their antisemitism. It is failing and now it is the Western secular antisemitism trying one more time. The people of the Far East must wonder why these lunatics want to destroy the people who discovered G-D? And NO one knows anything about G-D!!!

  • Weinberger epitomized the kapo, the self-hating (part) Jew so ashamed of (in this case) his non-Episcopalian origins that he sought every opportunity to pillory those who would support the right of Israel to exist. Hence, it wasn’t surprising when the cockroach Weinberger did what he did. Of course, self-hating Jews are more common on the left than on the right. One need only look at “crypto-Jew” Ketchup-Boy Kerry, as well as nutcase Norm Finklestein and Numb Chumpsky to see exemplars of that pitiful breed.

  • Len

    Weinberger was not Jewish.

  • I did ask the same question when hearing “ Im lo ani li mi li” many years ago 1965. “What am I if I am only for me?” I did say to my self and just forgot all about it. I guess it is a sentence which came to mind by a sound melody ni li mi li which is stupid. It is in fact a very good example of an easy sound melody which does not coordinate with brain muscles becoming a robot walking backward. Whatever it is, all men of the same out look background did fight each other to death, very often pushed from behind to kill each other for nothing at all. Vikings had fun killing men only for seeing how much blood came out of a body. It is as “ Im lo ani li mi li”

    • Rachel Robinson

      I’m Ein Ani Li. Mi Li ,means If I Am Not For Me who Will Be.

  • Jane

    I’ve been an evangelist for that book, and further, my whole adult life. It is a thankless and lonely position to have. But is more right than you know.

  • Jay Lavine

    Being “of Jewish origin” seems to be a desirable qualification for some positions in government, and not in a positive way, rather because of prejudicial ideas about Jews.