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More Zionist than the Jewish state itself

The man who wants to take over the Zionist Organization of America is further to the right and more of a warmonger than the most right-wing government Israel has ever had. 

The Zionist Organization of America was one of the first major Jewish-American umbrella organizations to support the nascent State of Israel. From Louis Brandeis to current president Morton Klein, the organization has seen ideological shifts – and with them varying levels of support. It’s safe to say that the organization’s heyday is long gone.

Morton Klein has headed the organization for the last 20 years and this year, his leadership is being challenged by one Steve Goldberg. The challenger, as I’ll call Goldberg, appears to be even more of an extremist than the man he hopes to make his predecessor – and is certainly further to the right politically than Israel’s own government.

Five takeaways from Goldberg’s ‘campaign video’ (below):

1. Goldberg boasts of representing the Jewish Defense League (JDL), which was founded by Rabbi Meir Kahane. Like Kahane’s other movements, the JDL was classified by the FBI as a domestic terror group for its attacks against Muslims in the United States.

2. Goldberg wants Israel to annex the entire West Bank, a proposition that even the current far-right Israeli government itself shot down just today [Sunday].

3. Goldberg says he believes a two-state solution would be “morally wrong and strategically stupid,” putting him directly at odds with Israel’s current leadership (at least on paper).

4. According to Goldberg, who apparently takes cues from his former client Kahane, Palestine is not Palestine; Jordan is Palestine.

5. When it comes to the Iranian nuclear program and efforts to stop it, Goldberg asserts, “only military action is going to stop Iran from going nuclear … Israel needs to take preemptive military action.” Let’s remember that even Benjamin ‘Bomb Iran’ Netanyahu argues that sanctions should be backed by “a threat” of military force. By saying military action is the only way, Mr. Goldberg is openly defining himself as a warmonger.

h/t Jeremy Elster

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    1. Rehmat

      Terrorist JDL is a good credential to lead another Zionist terrorist organization.

      In late December 2013, JTA reported that six Jews belonging to French JDL were arrested for attacking non-Jews in Lyon on December 21 and in nearby Villeurbanne on December 22, 2013. The victims were targeted on social networks and tracked down for performing the “quenelle,” a gesture conceived by famous French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala.


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    2. Average American

      Israel was conceived and birthed by Zionists. The Jewish State of Israel is Zionist to its core, to its blood. Zionism was classified by United Nations as racist, and its government rightfully compared to Nationalist Socialism (the Nazis).

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      • Steve

        If Israel is “racist” for using democracy to define itself as the majority sees fit, a Jewish state, then every single Muslim country on Earth is racist. And every Arab country is racist. And the Japanese country is racist. And the Italian country is racist. And most of the planet is racist.

        Israel has the right to use democracy to choose to define itself as Jewish state. Just like Muslim states do.

        Unless someone is an antisemitic crackpot, that is.

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        • Average American

          Zionism is the word I used. Why are you talking about Democracy? To create a diversion away from the creation and continuing financial support of your State? Zionism is the supremist expansionist philosophy that guides everything Israel has ever done or will ever do. Israel is Zionist to its core.

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    3. Steve

      If it’s OK for 50+ Muslim states to exist and be Muslim, it’s OK for the world’s only tiny little Jewish state to exist and be Jewish.

      Unless someone is bigoted and biased against Jews, that is.

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      • Lo


        I have no problem with the state of Israel defining itself as a “Jewish and Democratic state,” provided the practical result is a state of its peoples with notionally Jewish symbols (a Hebrew state, if you will). What I as an American find alien is that any state would privilege a specific ethno-religious class then claim itself to be democratic. No one seriously can claim Egypt, Bahrain, or Pakistan are genuine democracies, but they are useful for US foreign policy. If Israelis are comfortable with being relegated to the status of “despised ally of necessity,” as with the aforementioned nations, they may define themselves however they wish. However, if they demand special consideration from America for being “the only democracy in the region” and having “shared values” with the US, I would expect them to live up to such claims.

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        • Average American

          Thank you.

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