Mike Pompeo told Jake Tapper that it was none of our business what Bibi Netanyahu did regarding internal Israeli politics. Israel’s a democracy, and if it’s voters want outright fascists in government, it’s OK by him:
“We’re not about to get involved in, to interfere in the election of a democracy. Elections campaigns are tough. We’ll allow the Israeli people to sort this out,”
There are a few problems with this bogus bit of nonsense. The first one being that the fascist party, Otzma Yehudit, is a direct descendant of Meir Kahane’s Kach. If you know Hebrew, listen to Michael Ben Ari’s adulatory video tour of the Knesset library collection of the works of Kahane. It’s sickening. Kach was a precursor party expelled not only from the Israeli Knesset, but ruled a terrorist organization by the U.S. Treasury. The current iteration should be on that same terror list, though that will never happen because most of the Trump officials running U.S. Middle East policy are themselves Kahanists, or admirers.
So Pompeo has just given a green light to admitting Jewish terrorists into the Israeli government. His argument that this is acceptable because the Israeli voters will have democratically approved such an arrangement is bogus. U.S. and European governments have often declared neo Nazi leaders and governments persona non grata. They too were elected. Don’t forget that Hitler too was elected once.
But when you think about it, why should the Trump administration object to fascists helping run the State of Israel? What is Trump but an out-and-out white supremacist? The reason Trump loves Israel (besides Sheldon Adelson’s billion of Benjamins) is that it’s as racist as he is. The most recent example of Trump’s white nationalism is his tweet complaining that Spike Lee’s Oscar speech was “a racist hit on your President.” Who else but a neo-Nazi would play this victim card and call a Black man racist for criticizing a white man?
The bottom line is that an Israeli government filled with fascists is treif. You shouldn’t touch it. You shouldn’t do business with it. You shouldn’t meet with it. You shouldn’t welcome it before your parliaments and Congresses. Any government like Trump’s which does, is itself tainted with the same bigotry and hate that characterizes Israel’s.
It is possible that Israelis will in the end renounce Netanyahu and his reckless political calculations. Current polls show the newly merged center-right “Blue and White” coalition to be ahead of the Likud. If these results hold, then Bibi may be history. And this scurrilous alliance may as well. But Israeli polls are fickle. The party that is now up, isn’t necessarily the one that wins in six weeks. A lot can happen. A war. A terror attack. Anything.
Potential criminal indictments are also expected in the coming days. Such developments themselves could topple Netanyahu from Likud Party leadership. Or not. It depends on how loyal his allies are to him. Trump faces a similar predicament. He has GOP allies who are afraid of his wrath, so they stay in line and refuse to oppose his destructive policies. But Trump too faces waning power and rising unrest in the ranks. It remains to be seen when and whether both their respective sets of allies will remain loyal. Their careers depend on it.