Protests during Netanyahu’s speech on Tuesday will make it clear that he doesn’t speak for all Jews, but rather for a dangerous alliance between extremist elements in Israel and the United States.
By Avital Burg
Thousands of bikers, wearing leather jackets decorated with skull-shaped U.S. flags, eagles and guns, will ride tomorrow to Capitol Hill in Washington DC to support Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech in Congress.
On their Facebook event page, one of the organizers, Tina WhiteBacon Lane, wrote about the chosen location for their rally: “…that is where the Muslims will be…It will be the fuse being lit, the revolution to take back Christian America….we cannot let it continue or go backward.”
This alliance, between the Israeli Right and a group of militant Islamophobic Americans, reflects one of the more dangerous aspects of the “special” relationship between Israel and the United States – the alliance between right-wing extremists in both countries.
A recent report by Molad, a progressive Israeli think tank, shows that Netanyahu’s speech is an expression of this alliance, which includes evangelicals in the United States driven not by Zionism but by religious fundamentalism and partisan political interests. In one illustrative example of the concerns of this demographic, the report quotes a speech given last October during the annual conference of Evangelical conservatives in Jerusalem, which was sponsored by the Israeli government. Jürgen Buller, head of the International Christian Embassy in Israel, told the audience:
It is thus not surprising that the Americans who profess the most hateful beliefs would be loudly supportive of the Israeli prime minister, who has led the most racist government in decades.
But tomorrow’s speech has nothing to do with Armageddon, or even with Iran.
Coming just two weeks before Israel’s general elections, Netanyahu’s speech and the Americans supporting it could very well get him reelected, enabling him to put together a coalition even more extreme than the last one. This prospect frightens many Israelis, who are angry and ashamed at the Republicans who invited him, behind the back of their president, to speak, spread fear, do further harm to Israel’s international standing, and possibly even endanger the well-being of Jewish people and their communities around the world.Read More