Israel’s Homegrown Propagandists

Israel has had every U.S. president by the nuts since its founding in the 1940’s.  Barack got a squeeze the other day with the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.  He kept his mouth shut like a good bobblehead American president should.

“Why do they hate us so?” was the idiotic question after 9/11.  Gosh, why could that be?

Hours after a murky nighttime operation in which Israeli commandos boarded a ship filled with humanitarian aid in international waters, killing at least 10 civilians and suffering wounds themselves, the boats had become “an armada of hate and violence” with “ties to Global Jihad, al Qa’eda and Hamas”, in the words of Israel’s deputy foreign minister.

This from an article titled, Israel’s Silicon Army. The article continues,

If you were unaware that the activists on the humanitarian-aid flotilla were allied with al Qa’eda, you must not be on the press list of the American Israel Public Affairs Council (Aipac)the line from Israel’s Foreign Ministry remained resolute: in an official statement it condemned the flotilla as a “violent provocation” and said its occupants “bear sole responsibility for the unfortunate consequences.”

Now, that’s an odd statement but propagandists like the Israeli Foreign Minister have become experts in that stuff.  Most of the world looked at that ‘bear sole responsibility’ statement and laughed at the inanity of it all.  I did.  However, that ‘message’ sent out by the minister was not intended for world-wide consumption. No, it was a target message to the gullible. Even the usually astute Chris Matthews  swallowed it.

If that’s the message coming from Israel, it’s worth asking who the audience is supposed to be. Under the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, a small and nasty leader buoyed by a right more powerful and opposed by a left more weak than at perhaps any earlier time in Israel’s history, foreign policy reflects and magnifies a yearning within Israel to enjoy the international benefits of peace without having to make any, except that which it imposes. But most of the world is reluctant to grant Israel the impunity that Netanyahu expects – with one very big and recently-emerging exception.

Any guesses? To which audience did Netanyahu direct this propaganda?

American Jews, who have historically formed the public backbone of the US-Israel relationship, today show signs of being unreliable future allies for an Israel that backs away from its commitments to peace and its obligations for justice. Younger generations of American Jews, owing to complex mix of fraying identity-based bonds and reluctance to grant Israel an exception to their liberalism, are less reflexively pro-Israel than their parents. AIPAC’s difficult and occasionally hostile relationship with J Street reflects that emerging tension in the American Jewish community, a rift that is likely to deepen if Israel continues its disinterest in the peace process.

If you guessed American Jews you were wrong; second guess, please.

There is, however, an audience that has grown inclined to replace American Jews as reflexive supporters of a rightward-drifting Israel: white evangelical Protestants. In 2005, polling by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life discovered that more than any other American Christian group, white evangelical Protestants, the most conservative voting bloc in America, were predisposed to supporting Israel. Just over 40 percent of all Christians – white, black, Latino, Protestant, Catholic – were sympathetic to the Israeli plight. But 55 per cent of evangelicals were. The Palestinian national experience roused the support of a mere six per cent of evangelicals. And nearly half of them considered religion to be the single biggest factor motivating their sentiments.

White evangelical Protestants.  Bingo!  I’m betting you guessed it.

Gosh, just why is THIS group of Christians so pro-Israel?  What’s the hook? They are, as I have suggested many times on this blog,  the most easily propagandized and gullible sub-group in our American culture.  Look how easily they swallowed the Bush switcheroo- the Saddam for bin Laden ruse in Iraq.  The WMD.  The “mushroom cloud!”  The “uranium from Africa!”

Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war!

Despite the obvious suffering of the Palestinian people and the Gazans in particular, the white evangelical Protestants  empathize with the Jews much more so  than their Jewish cousins, the Palestinians.  Why is that?  Why are the Jewish Semites more admirable than the Palestinian Semites?

Not only that, but there is that black Democratic president too.  You know, the socialist, the communist, the Hitler-ite. The president who is not head-over-heels in his support of Israel’s Likud Party nor its actions in the West Bank. That one!

Israel and the white evangelicals have found a common target- President Obama. Say, isn’t he a Muslim? Israel is becoming an exclusive wing of the GOP.

Hold on, there’s more to the Israel-evangelical relationship.  What about the Holy Launch Pad? As every evangelical knows, 144,000 who ‘had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads,’ will have been ‘redeemed from the earth.’  It will be harvest time: ‘Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.’

But wait!  Not yet. There are weeds growing and living among the harvest.   First, there must be a purification: With a mighty voice he shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird..”

Babylon.  You know, Muslim and all. Say, isn’t Obama a Muslim?

So the launch site, the Launch Pad to Heaven on the Second Coming [Revelations] demands that the site be as pure as the wool of the whitest sheep of the herd.

Baaa.

No Muslims, sorry.  They don’t believe in the correct deity.  They, like Babylon itself, must be swept out of the Holy Land, the Holy Launch Pad.  Only then will the Second Coming take place.

It’s all quite biblical.  Evangelical.  Thumping stuff.

By the way, and don’t tell Netanyahu, the Jews will be left behind, too.  Wrong deity.

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5 thoughts on “Israel’s Homegrown Propagandists

  1. I’m amazed that Stephen didn’t comment here, but Israel has been on the skids as far as public opinion goes for a long time. Most of its support comes from Christian Zionists (http://www.christianzionism.org/) who support Israel since that is part of the “prophecy” regarding the “Second Coming”.

    The problem is that man cannot control these events, only God can.

    On the other hand, I wasn’t the only person reminded of past events. Uri Avnery, leader of the Israeli peace movement Gush Shalom, wrote the following (http://www.leftfutures.org/2010/06/the-gaza-flotilla-and-the-exodus-analogy/)

    ON THE high seas, outside territorial waters, the ship was stopped by the navy. The commandos stormed it. Hundreds of people on the deck resisted, the soldiers used force. Some of the passengers were killed, scores injured. The ship was brought into harbor, the passengers were taken off by force. The world saw them walking on the quay, men and women, young and old, all of them worn out, one after another, each being marched between two soldiers…

    The ship was called “Exodus 1947”. It left France in the hope of breaking the British blockade, which was imposed to prevent ships loaded with Holocaust survivors from reaching the shores of Palestine. If it had been allowed to reach the country, the illegal immigrants would have come ashore and the British would have sent them to detention camps in Cyprus, as they had done before. Nobody would have taken any notice of the episode for more than two days.

    But the person in charge was Ernest Bevin, a Labour Party leader, an arrogant, rude and power-loving British minister. He was not about to let a bunch of Jews dictate to him. He decided to teach them a lesson the entire world would witness. “This is a provocation!” he exclaimed, and of course he was right. The main aim was indeed to create a provocation, in order to draw the eyes of the world to the British blockade.

    What followed is well known: the episode dragged on and on, one stupidity led to another, the whole world sympathized with the passengers. But the British did not give in and paid the price. A heavy price.

    Many believe that the “Exodus” incident was the turning point in the struggle for the creation of the State of Israel. Britain collapsed under the weight of international condemnation and decided to give up its mandate over Palestine. There were, of course, many more weighty reasons for this decision, but the “Exodus” proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

    I AM not the only one who was reminded of this episode this week. Actually, it was almost impossible not to be reminded of it, especially for those of us who lived in Palestine at the time and witnessed it.

    Israel’s only option for a peaceful future is to allow Palestinians the rights they have been denied for over 60 years.

    Yad Vashem needs to add material about al-nakba to the museum, except for one problem: acknowledging al-nakba means that “never again” was only a hollow phrase, since al-nakba was perpetrated by those posing as Jews.

  2. Not a rant at all. Thank you for this very informative piece. The Christian Zionists are really screwed up, but then, aren’t all religious zealots.

  3. So, why should they be upset when the Palestinians demand a homeland?

    – which is the very point that journalist Helen Thomas made and was summarily attacked by AIPAC and the Zionist Christians.

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