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December 30, 2016 3:46 pm

Ex-Diplomat Martin Indyk’s Alleged ‘Repuslive Remarks’ About Israel and Jews Raise Concerns

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) shakes hands with U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Martin Indyk at Ben Gurion International Airport while returning from a day trip to Jordan and Saudi Arabia on January 5, 2014. After the failure of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Indyk returned to his role at the Brookings Institution think tank, which was recently revealed to be funded by the Hamas-backing nation of Qatar. Photo: Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv/Flash90.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) shakes hands with US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Martin Indyk at Ben Gurion International Airport on January 5, 2014. Photo: Matty Stern/US Embassy Tel Aviv/Flash90. — Several Jewish organizations and leaders are expressing alarm over revelations of a series of harsh, disparaging remarks about Israelis and Jews made by a former US diplomat and mideast expert.

Martin Indyk — who served as President Bill Clinton’s ambassador to Israel and assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs, followed by a stint as the Obama administration’s envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations — is being urged to clarify comments he made in a tape-recorded private conversation from 1989, in which he reportedly said Israelis are “paranoid,” “arrogant” and “think the rules of society do not apply [to them]” because “they are the goy’s rules.”

Indyk, who is Jewish himself, also reportedly applied this assessment to the character of Jews generally, saying that Jewish people “would do whatever they can to avoid paying taxes,” and believe it is justified to “find a way to ignore the law or get around it.” He added, “In my own family, my grandfather used to stay up nights to figure out how to avoid paying taxes.”

Professor Eunice G. Pollack, an historian of antisemitism and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of American Jewish History, told that Indyk’s reported statements “echo three of the most infamous centuries-old tropes of antisemites.”

“You have an updated version of the classic ‘Jewish swindler,’ combined with the ‘disloyal Jew’ who evades his patriotic duty to pay taxes, and the millennia-old ‘arrogant Jew’ who, in a more religious era, was accused of deriving his arrogance from his partner, Satan,” said Pollack.

The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), a pro-Israel think tank in Washington, has called “on Ambassador Indyk to immediately clarify whether or not he made these horrific statements.”

Farley Weiss, president of the National Council of Young Israel, told, “I hope he didn’t say such things, and if he did, I hope he will disavow them. Either way, he needs to address the controversy.”

Indyk’s alleged comments were made while he was executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and were brought to light in 1995 by Amcha-the Coalition for Jewish Concerns, after Indyk was nominated as ambassador to Israel. At that time, neither the news media nor senators involved in his confirmation hearing gave the allegations any attention.

Indyk has not responded to multiple requests for comment by

This is not the first time Indyk’s remarks about Israel have drawn criticism.

Adam Kredo, a senior foreign policy writer for the Washington Free Beacon, told that Indyk “is known among reporters for anonymously criticizing Israel in the press, for planting stories meant to pressure the Jewish state into making concessions [and for] leading the Obama administration’s efforts over the years to discredit Israel and blame it for the failure in peace talks.”

In recent days, Indyk — currently the vice president and director for foreign policy at the Left-leaning Brookings Institution think tank — has taken to mainstream and social media to defend the Obama administration’s recent condemnations of Israeli settlements at last week’s United Nations Security Council vote, and then in Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Wednesday.

Indyk accused Kredo of spreading “fake news” after the journalist reported that US Vice President Joe Biden was involved in lobbying on behalf of the UN resolution against settlements, accusations Biden has denied.

He also engaged in a heated Twitter exchange with an Israeli official. After Indyk wrote that the UN measure was not an attack on Israel but aimed only at “settlers, who undermine peace negotiations [and] are hurting Israel,” Reuven Azar, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, responded, “Please don’t lie to your followers. This pro-BDS resolution is unprecedented.” Indyk shot back, “Diplomats are sent abroad to lie for their country. But that doesn’t include accusing people of lying. Leave that to your political bosses.” Azar responded, “We’ll keep fighting for our country and you’ll keep lecturing us.”

Indyk ended the exchange with a sarcastic, “Happy Hanukkah to you too.”

Robert Satloff, who currently occupies Indyk’s former post as executive director of the Washington Institute think tank, weighed in on Azar’s side, tweeting, “I disagree w/my friend @martin_indyk.”

Indyk has also vocally opposed President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of attorney David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel, writing in a tweet that was quoted in The New York Times and elsewhere, that Friedman would be “a great ambassador for the deep settler state. But David Friedman needs to be US envoy to all Israelis. Is he up for that?” He expanded on these thoughts in an interview with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, saying Friedman’s call for moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to western Jerusalem is “incendiary” because it “would imply that the United States was recognizing Israeli sovereignty over all of Jerusalem, including the Arab part… which has the third-holiest mosque in Islam.”

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, criticized Indyk for “[forgetting] to mention that what he calls ‘the Arab part’ of Jerusalem includes a large Jewish community, the Western Wall, the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives, which contains the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world. That mosque is the third-holiest site to Islam, but Har Habayit (the Temple Mount) is Judaism’s holiest site.”

Cooper added that “the current status quo, in which the US does not recognize any part of Jerusalem as sovereign Israeli territory, is patently unfair.”

The president of EMET, Sarah Stern said Indyk’s denunciation of Friedman is “very ironic” if Indyk himself is guilty of making those “repulsive remarks” in 1989.

Stern added that Indyk’s “judgment and objectivity” were “severely undermined” two years ago, when it was revealed that he had accepted a $14.8-million contribution from the government of Qatar — the world’s largest financer of the Hamas terrorist organization — for the Brookings Institution.

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  • erik

    Martin Indyk is right, but you are the enemy of the truth.

  • Zvi Gross

    I don’t understand a word you are saying!!! How about Jews in the Service of the Justice system everywhere? Is that not an acknowledgement of the Jewish moral fiber? And the fact that 27% of all Noble price winners are of Jewish ancestry? Why do you rehash old, discredited lies and antisemitic canards ?

  • Zvi Gross

    Retire to a jail nearby, for corruption, of selling his soul for Muslim money, and overt Jew hate and sick, self loathing, racist antisemitism. He is willing to crucify his own grandfather in the process. Well he is a fine trashy result!!!

  • Hard Little Machine

    All liberals are liberals first, democrats second, radicals third, Americans fourth and Jews last.

  • SAWolf

    Don’t worry marty, the rest of us arrogant paranoids, WILL fight and even protect you from another Shoah. No need to grovel to placate your masters.

  • Indyk was terrible choice for Mideast peace U.S. representative.

  • Indyk probably had trouble learning his Haftorah (too taxing), unlike his more normal friends at the time. Gramps may have noted his disappointment at tone-deaf Marty, and that may be one reason why Israel is in danger today.

  • Jonas v G

    This Indyk (btw a Dutch name) guy would sale even his parents and grant-children .
    Zum Kotzen = to vomit

  • SaciPerere

    ” He added, “In my own family, my grandfather used to stay up nights to figure out how to avoid paying taxes.” ”
    Silly man, he should have used a platoon of accountants and lawyers like Kerry, Clinton and ilk to not pay taxes.
    Read that the Clintons made a tax deductible donation from the Clinton Foundation to the Family Foundation.

  • Joseph Feld

    What are the facts and figures for Jerusalem? From 1517 to 1917 Palestine was part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. There was no Arab country in Palestine. By the time of the British census of Jerusalem in 1860 the majority of people in Jerusalem were Jews. . By 1905 Jerusalem’s population consisted of 7,000 Muslims, 13,000 Christians and 40,000 Jews. For every Muslim there were about 6 Jews. By 1946 Jerusalem had 36,000 Muslims, 32,000 Christians and 100,000 Jews. For every Muslim there were about 3 Jews. By 1967 Jerusalem had 11,000 Christians, 61,000 Muslims and about 200,000 Jews or 3 Jews for every Muslim. The Jewish presence in Jerusalem dates back to King David about 1,000 BCE or about 1,700 before the arrival of Arabs and Islam in the Holy Land. David’s son King Solomon built the original Jerusalem Temple on the Temple Mount and the Bible has more than 600 references to Jerusalem. The Qur’an has zero mentions of Jerusalem. According to Shaykh Prof. Abdul Hadi Palazzi, a leading Islamic theologian, the Qur’an states that G-d gave the Land of Israel to the Jews and the Land of Arabia to the Arabs — Isaac and Ishmael were both sons of Father Abraham and both sons came together to bury Abraham in the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. According to Shaykh Palazzi the Qur’an says the Jews will return to Israel near the end of days — and this prophecy has been fulfilled. So why are the PLO and its leaders like Arafat so determined to annihilate Israel and all Jews? Because the Arab leaders supported Hitler and turned Islamic theology into Islamist politics, contrary to the Qur’an. Just to note, the Ba’ath Party that ruled Iraq under Saddam and which rules Syria under the Assads, began life as the Arab pro-Hitler party in the 1930’s and onwards. To understand Arafat and other PLO and PA leaders you must see them as neo-Nazis determined to destroy the Jewish state.

    • Rab iBurns

      And during the Ottoman period there was no administrative entity called “Palestine”. IN fact the Land of Israel was divided between multiple entities, including the Vilayet of Beirut and Vilayet of Syria.

  • robert Davis

    indyk (this name does not deserve capital letters) is awell known antisemite and the fact he’s a jew does not change that. He’s a CORRUPT maggott and far worse than his, grandfther” who tried to pay no taxes” as he says and which is NOT a jewish feature since christians, moslems, bouddhists all do the same. He’s an opportunist and a thieve, a corrupt persone giving lessons to people of better quality than him. As to the “society” or the “international community” they are a PERVERSION DICTATED BY LEFTWING PEOPLE USED TO INVERSIONS. Of course Israel does not have to respect this type of DIKTAT who would? that maggott indyk should try to impose this type of diktat to France, Italy, UK or anyone else and let’s see whether they would accept it. He is a plotter and a small african type dictator. He should return the 14,8 millions he got from qatar to pressure Israel during his work at the State Dept. I hope he ends in jail for that.

  • Sifter

    Our worst enemies ALWAYS come from our people. Except it’s an open secret that Indyk was bought and paid for long ago by British intel. Yawn.

  • Lia

    Poor Mr Indyk! Perhaps he has never learned loyalty, given his family as he describes it.

    • Les Berger

      Indyks’ father was a very fine surgeon and a Zionist. I doubt if he would be happy with his son’s politics.
      Indyk did not learn to disparage his family from his father who was a fine man.

      • Lia

        Sorry, Mr Berger, I did not mean to offend. But say that this Mr Indyk got the way he is all by himself? Self-radicalised.

  • RW

    There have been a succession of Jewish ambassadors to Israel from the US in recent years. This phenomenon, I would guess, is to shield the various US governments from the charge of anti Semitism as pressure is put on Israel. Indyk is just a little worse than the others.

  • Gee

    Martin Indyks is a racist moronic liar

  • Thought is Free

    Indyk is a sad, miserable excuse for a human being, apart from being a traitor to decency and to his own people. For what? A position in a democratic administration? Sold his soul to the devil.

  • len

    The time for being oversensitive to Arab sensitivities at the cost of Jewish/Israeli sensitivities is for the next 4 years over. A good start will be moving the American embassy to “west” Jerusalem because that’s where it belongs. Who ever recognized a State but wouldn’t recognize it’s Capitol in history? It’s time for this nonsense to also be over. Those diplomats and ex-diplomats who disagree will find that they will be irrelevant and forgotten. They may find some refuge in an Obama institution to criticize and hound Trump after January 2017 but it will look more like a Museum for Failed Strategies and Lost Opportunities in the Middle East! Of which both former Secretary of State Kerry and former Ambassador Indyk can become co-head Curators.

  • enufizenuf

    Indyk has himself, his family and his own circle of paranoid liberal elitists confused with the Jewish population in general.

  • RW

    Why devote so much space to a Jewish creep who spent his professional life undermining Israel. The past few ambassadors to Israel have all been Jews. On the Democratic side this works because the president can hammer Israel .without being called an anti Semite. Ugly as Indyk is he is of a coterie of American ambassadors to Israel. He is just more vicious than the others.

  • Vlad the Impaler

    Martin Indyk would have been a perfect Judenrat collaborator.