May 10, 2010
There has been a lot of debate about whether Zionism is nationalism or internationalism from both supporters and critics of Israel. Many leftist critics of Israel view it as a hyper-nationalist state while its supporters have said that it is only trying to defend its national sovereignty. They both agree that Zionism is Nationalism, however the left tends to take the position that nationalism is bad and leads to conflicts and wars.
The late Howard Zinn who was one of Israel’s leading critics on the left in an article titled “Israel was a Mistake” stated “I think the Jewish State was a mistake, yes. Obviously, it’s too late to go back. It was a mistake to drive the Indians off the American continent, but it’s too late to give it back. At the time, I thought creating Israel was a good thing, but in retrospect, it was probably the worst thing that the Jews could have done. What they did was join the nationalistic frenzy, they became privy to all of the evils that nationalism creates and became very much like the United States-very aggressive, violent and bigoted. When Jews were without a state they were internationalists and they contributed to whatever culture they were part of and produced great things. Jews were known as kindly, talented people. Now, I think, Israel is contributing to anti-Semitism. So I think it was a big mistake.”
While many of those on the left see nationalism as the root cause of Zionism’s problems, many supporters of Israel have pitched the idea to American nationalists that Israel is a nation whose national sovereignty is under siege by the same globalist elites who are destroying America’s sovereignty.
One such individual is Canadian Israeli Journalist Bary Chamish. He is a staunch supporter of Israel but has also aligned himself with the American patriot movement speaking out against the New World Order. In his article titled “New World Order’s Control of Israel’s Economy” he starts out stating “The forces who wish to create a New World Order (NWO) based on a One World government, long ago realized that to destroy a nation’s sovereignty, it was not enough to merely corrupt its diplomacy; they must also enjoy the overwhelming leverage that comes with controlling its economy. So, through the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), they have planted compliant administrators throughout the governments of the world.”
He goes on to talk about how Israel has been victimized by the globalist stating “by controlling the nation’s economy, the NWO inherits control of its independent diplomacy. In Israel, in the early 1980s, the NWO retaliated against the honorable and independent Prime Minister, Menachem Begin by shooting the inflation rate up to 450%. The men who arranged this from within the government were Bank of Israel Chairman Michael Bruno and Finance Minister Yoram Aridor. Bruno justified a series of measures by Aridor guaranteed to cause instant inflation, including the sudden and unexpected lifting of most duties on imported goods. Both men were rewarded well for their treachery: Aridor, against all natural reason, was made Israel’s United Nations ambassador and Bruno retired to the good life at the IMF.” He concludes his article saying “The Chairman of The Bank Of Israel, is possibly the most dangerous individual in the country.”
Chamish who admired Begin has also claimed that Ariel Sharon was in cahoots with Henry Kissinger to orchestrate the Sabra and Shantila Massacre in Israel’s 1982 War in Lebanon to destroy Begin’s reputation. However it was Begin who was the leader of the 1948 Dir Yasin Massacre against the Palestinians and who said “Our race is the Master Race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves.”
John Hagee who is an evangelical pastor with a following in the millions and founder of Christians United for Israel has also made similar statements about the globalist trying to destroy Israel. Hagee believes that the Rothschilds and international bankers control the Global economy through the Federal Reserve and are setting up a One World Government. Hagee fails to mentions that it was the Rothschilds who helped financed the creation of the state of Israel, including the Israeli Knesset, and have a major street named in their honor in Tel Aviv.
What is ironic is that Hagee’s views about the New World Order are similar to many of those who are considered “anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist” and have even got Hagee himself accused of anti-Semitism by some liberal Jewish organizations despite his staunch support for Israel. However he claims that these globalist elites want to destroy Israel, successful at appealing to those who believe in the New World but getting them to support Israel rather than involved in anti-Zionism.
In has long been considered an anti-Semitic canard to accuse Jews of being internationalist dating back to Henry Ford’s infamous “The International Jew.” However many Jews have discussed the role that Jewish interest have played in promoting Globalization. The Kvetcher who is a Jewish blogger that is very critical of the organized Jewish community responded to a statement by David Duke where Duke said that Americans “are bitter because unelected economic czars such as Greenspan and Bernanke, Wolfowitz and a whole coterie of Jewish “people who aren’t like them” have ripped them off and have let so-called “free trade” destroy the American economy.” The Kvetcher stated that “the Jewish role in promoting privatization and globalization is large and unfortunate. It is a communal embarrassment.” Concluding the article the Kvetcher says “Does Duke exaggerate a bit? Sure. He is a conspiracy theorist? Absolutely. But he hits far too closely to the reality far too frequently for any of us to be comfortable with where we are as a community, or for where we have helped push this great country in recent years.”
Asher Ginsberg who is considered the ideological founder of the modern Zionist movement argued that Israel should be a spiritual center for all Jews worldwide and dissagreed with other Zionist such as Theodore Herzl who’s goal was to concentrate the worlds Jewish population in the state of Israel. Historian Dr. Norman Cantor described Ginsberg’s vision that would “serve as a foundation in The Holy Land for a Hebrew-speaking cultural center for world Jewry-an elite cultural center for world Jewry.”
To this day in Israel there are Zionist in Israel who are blood and soil Nationalist but the leaders of the movement are internationalist with dual citizenship who chose not to live in Israel but view it has a safety net in case of an anti-semitic uprising in the West. In the Film about anti-semitism titled “Defamation”, Israeli Film Makers Yoav Shamir asked wealthy ADL’s donors why they did not live in Israel and they replied that Israel is their insurance policy.
The CFR is the one of the nation’s most powerful think tanks who’s membership includes every big name in politics and have promoted a North American Union modeled after the EU. Former Congressman John R. Rarick warned that “The CFR, dedicated to one-world government, financed by a number of the largest tax-exempt foundations, and wielding such power and influence over our lives in the areas of finance, business, labor, military, education and mass communication media, should be familiar to every American concerned with good government and with preserving and defending the U.S. Constitution and our free-enterprise system. Yet, the nation’s right to know machinery – the news media – usually so aggressive in exposures to inform our people, remain conspicuously silent when it comes to the CFR, its members and their activities.”
Besides supporting the erosion of America’s sovereignty, the CFR has been devoted to hawkish pro-Israel agenda in the middle east. In 2002 The CFR sponsored a book by Kenneth Pollack titled “The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq.” Now CFR President Richard Haas is talking about regime change for Iran. He wrote an article titled (Enough Is Enough: Why we can no longer remain on the sidelines in the struggle for regime change in Iran) where he calls for regime change and UN Sanctions against Iran. Haas has also criticized Obama for not being supportive enough of Israel. Elliot Abrams who is the CFR’s Senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies has even advocated for a US military strike against Iran.
Zinn says that Zionism is flawed because it was based on nationalism, while Chamish makes an appeal to western nationalist who’s sovereignty is under attack. While Israel itself is not the culprit behind globalism, the internationalist power structure in the United States unconditionally supports Israel and most powerful pro-Israel organizations in the West such as the ADL support open immigration and globalization. Israel is dependent on Western financial and military support which powerful pro-Israel interest groups in America and other Western Nations Lobby for. While in principle Zionism may be nationalism in practice it is internationalism.