From the Yeast of the Pharisees (Come the Lies & Crimes of Zionism)
Part One: The Aristocrats of the World
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Preamble: As is so often the case, one can’t escape the sense of déjà vu attending conversations about any and all things Israel. Such debate is invariably attended by musings on its kinship with its chief benefactor—and midwife—the United States. The events in the Middle East this year alone once again bring this into sharp relief, with most of America’s political classes and its establishment media in familiar lock-step avoiding any criticism of the Tel Aviv regime. Sadly, it was ever thus.
Though especially evident since 9/11—an historical climacteric from which Israel appears to have been the only state that has benefitted and which continues to do so—this unholy, toxic ‘alliance’ is the decades-in-the-making basis for everything we’ve recently witnessed, with links to pretty much all we’re experiencing in the here and now. Whilst such links remain, so do the existential dangers for America’s own national interest and that of the rest of the world.
In this first instalment in a series of stand-alone articles, Greg Maybury draws upon the work of both Jewish and non-Jewish writers, researchers, analysts and historians to present a critical, wide-ranging exploration of various facets of the mythos and the reality of Israel, its history, and its origins. Along with that, he attempts an in-depth probe into Zionism and its origins, and especially the inordinate power its various supporters, lobby groups, and defenders wield across time and space.
For the uninitiated, Zionism is the reigning political ideology which inspired the establishment of the Jewish State in 1948 and which since that epochal turning point, still dictates its national interests, such as they are. And as many say, it is an ideology that has compromised, if not indeed usurped, the “national interests” of the nations in which so many of “God’s chosen” reside. Moreover, it is one whose tenets are arguably the most enduring, portentous, globally consequential, yet least understood—by Jews and non-Jews alike—of any of the major political currents in the ‘river of our history’. Time then for another visit to the Wailing Wall, albeit a “wall” of a different kind!
🗣 ‘The world of the national imaginary has always taken, for us, the form of a long recital. Legends, great deeds, and the particular myths of tribes, religious communities, and kingdoms were transformed into a long, continuous narrative of imaginary peoples who had supposedly existed since the dawn of time. Misty and fragmentary images served as fictional foundations for a mythological temporal continuum, flowing since the birth of the nation’.—Shlomo Sand, How I stopped being a Jew, 2014.
‘Be careful...watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees...’ — Jesus Christ, ‘King of the Jews’, giving his disciples a ‘heads up’. (Mark 8:15)
— In a World of the National Imaginary (Lie the Myths of Tribes and Kingdoms)
In steeling oneself for another excursion into farbotn teritorye—proffering critical analyses of “the Middle East’s only democracy”—one has to read far and wide, with deep dives into the Memory Hole de rigueur. In the nethermost regions of that fabled repository of lies, sins and crimes of our collective historical narrative, one soon becomes aware that in the area marked “Israel”, it’s standing room only. The dearth of space has though more to do with the amount of information stored there than with the number of folks looking for it at any given time!
Nonetheless, though their reputations may not have ‘stood the test of time’ as a consequence of doing so, many intrepid researchers (Jewish and non-Jewish) have still undertaken that “deep dive”, and we’ll showcase some of these folks and their work throughout our narrative.
In no particular order of priority, one such individual was Douglas Reed. For many years the chief European political correspondent for the London Times up until around 1938, Reed then took on a new career as an independent journalist, author and what we might now call a revisionist historian. In his case, by embarking on his own journey into that “farbotn teritorye”, we might say he went ‘off the reservation’. It’s uncertain if he was fully aware at the time of the career implications of doing so; it is this writer’s guess though that the career limiting blowback for Reed did not come as a complete surprise.
In musing on The Controversy of Zion, the man’s masterful account of the history of the Jews and Judaism from antiquity to the modern era, it’s difficult to think of many books that might so transform one’s thinking about our common history in the West. This is especially so in the context of examining history wherein our Hebrew brethren play a major role. And at the same time, his narrative brings so many more recent events and developments into a more coherent context and a sharper perspective.
Along with providing us a deep deliberation on the forces which have shaped it, and which, over forty years after its publication, continue to shape it today, Reed’s opus presents us a wholly unsettling—indeed shocking—exposition of the current state of our world and how we reached this point in human affairs. To the extent my own knowledge and understanding permits, I can’t think of many historical or political observers who so comprehensively, authoritatively, and eloquently bore witness to his times. This realisation becomes all the more profound now with the passage of time.
Written between the years 1949-1956 (for reasons which may already be clear to some, it remained unpublished until 1978, about two years after his death), Reed’s book chronicling what he calls the “Grand Design”, delivers a prescient, insightful—and by its very subject matter, contentious—account of the current global order and its principal architects, and their unerring ingenuity, their resilience and determination, their expansive influence and reach. The “architects” in this case are Zionists, principally Jews (or at least purporting to be Jewish), and most definitely claiming bragging rights to speak on behalf of, and act in the interests of, their notional tribal brethren.
The author depicts unsparingly the machinations and motives of the people who were crucial in bringing said “design” to fruition, and the means by which these aims and ambitions as originally devised were to be achieved. (As we’ll see in a follow up article, attainment of some of these objectives is still a work in progress, an observation that with the application of basic hindsight—and an appropriate presence of mind—may already be clear to the more diligent students of history and contemporary world affairs.)
The following short extract perhaps sets out Reed’s ‘stall’ best; as per the above preamble, it further provides us a near perfect entree for what is to follow, later on in this, and in subsequent instalments.
‘[T]he use of the name "Israel" by the Zionist state created in Palestine [in 1948]...is in the nature of a forgery. Some strong reason must have dictated the use of the name of a people who were not Jews and would have none of the creed which has become Judaism. One tenable theory suggests itself. The Zionist state was set up with the connivance of the great nations of the West, which is also the area of Christendom. The calculation may have been that these peoples would be comforted in their consciences if they could be led to believe...they were fulfilling Biblical prophecy and God's promise to "Israel", at whatever cost in the "destruction" of innocent peoples…If that was the motive for the misuse of the name "Israel", the expedient may for the time being have been successful; the multitude was ever easily "persuaded". However, truth will out in the long run...If the Zionist state of 1948 could lay claim to any name whatever taken from far antiquity, this could only be "Judah".’
Of all the frauds and forgeries perpetrated in the lead up to—and beyond—modern Israel’s creation, this is perhaps our first port of call in reaching a deeper understanding of the Zionist Project and its attendant psychopathologies. Though we’ll explore Reed’s proposition more in future instalments, suffice to say the implications of the above observation alone are astounding. This, without taking account of the author’s premise “[the] truth will out in the long run”—being mindful he penned these words around seventy years ago—a prediction that calls into question what sort of time frame Reed envisioned for that truth to emerge. Put another way, for all intents and purposes, that “truth” remains as elusive now—albeit hidden in plain sight—as it was back in Reed’s heyday.
Further, it is the connexion—or symbiotic relationship—to which Reed draws our attention between the “left”, (ostensibly represented by Communism, Bolshevism or Marxism et. al.), and the Jewish, Zionist, and/or ‘Israelite’ elite castes, along with their Gentile collaborators (all comprising the ‘much to be derided’ billionaire cum oligarch classes, “Great Resetters”, New ‘Normalites’, and globalist one-worlders), that mark out his book as unique, and at this point in our history, and in spite of its vintage, very much au courant.
For those folks in particular who’re still mired in the nominally disparate, yet decidedly tedious, dogmas, mantras and slogans that characterise the left v right political discourse, such statements may not be obvious or for that matter easily explained; they are though as wide and as deep and as real as they are insidious and subversive. The overarching debate over Israel and its place in the world—one of the key premises upon which this series is based—is a reflection of my conviction here. When it comes to Israel especially, the manifest bankruptcy and subversive fraudulence of the left v right (or liberal v conservative) paradigm is brought into ever sharper relief.
Moreover, there’s a supreme logic to it all, as those “diligent students” will discover when they imbibe the main thrust of Reed’s own bespoke ‘book of revelations’. For if his understanding of the history of human affairs is correct, then his exposition of the “Grand Design” is a book which unveils a grand deception therein, on a scale that might leave the Devil himself green with envy if he were not its begetter! For those who don’t believe in the latter’s existence, then said “deception” may be seen of more temporal origin. Either way, it does not require a big leap in logical extrapolation to go from Reed’s “Grand Design” to the “Great Reset”.
— The Unseen Architects (Behind the Grand Design)
After positing that all nations, ‘...are founded on acts of violence, which are then forgotten...’, the French historian and philosopher Ernest Renan further surmised that ‘forgetfulness, and historical error, are essential in [their creation]’. With the possible exception of its chief benefactor, patron, and minder, by Renan’s summation, few countries would ‘pass muster’ more decisively than Israel. Its creation was built on terror and violence of the highest order, and its longevity has been sustained by more of the same. That it still does today is evident for all but the most myopic of history’s students and partisan of contemporary pundits.
Yet we might go further and say that with Israel, there’s been more calculation than “error”, though it certainly has made more than its share of the latter. At all events, whether via calculation, miscalculation and/or “errors”, they’ve been much more costly for others than for Israel. This is perhaps something we might readily surmise the Israelis and the die-hard Zionists themselves—and their ‘tribal brethren’ in the broader diaspora—have been both mindful of, and thankful for!
Though doubtless, so many folks aren’t. “Mindful” that is. This includes especially the citizens of America, where the cost to them of the sponsorship of this tiny nation in blood, treasure, geopolitical goodwill, its own national interest, and in moral capital has been immeasurable, perhaps simply incomprehensible for many. And a “cost” that by all the evidence available to us, is irredeemable.
The United States in short—and the West generally, including my own country Australia—has picked up the tab for Israel’s bad behaviour! The return for all on the ‘investment’ is at best, dubious; at its worst, ruinous! And existentially so! The well-documented débâcles of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria alone are clear evidence of this. The law of diminishing returns has always been applicable in the US-Israeli relationship. Now never more so obvious, at least for those folks with an eye to these things.
And though the aforesaid Renan goes on to say that ‘revealing unwanted truths’ can ‘endanger nationhood’, to the extent that there are such risks involved, then in Israel’s case this may not be such a bad thing. As with individuals thinking rationally before acting, in principle at least there’s nothing like a bit of existential danger—real, not fanciful—to elicit from nations more prudent behaviour in order to avoid any blowback from any reckless great power plays. That’s the theory at least.
In practice of course, for Israel that may be another matter altogether. As former Colin Powell aide-de-camp Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson recently observed, after positing that Israel may not exist within 20 years, because it is ‘delegitimising itself as an apartheid state’, he went further: ‘Israel is a “strategic liability of the first order” for the United States and is ‘the most likely state in the world to take the United States to Armageddon.’ It is safe to say Wilkerson had the aforementioned “débâcles” front of mind when he proffered this cogent, albeit disturbing, analysis.
Now aside from the fact that Israel and its many American friends likely took a dim view of the Colonel’s remarks, the mention of [the] “United States”, “Israel”, and “Armageddon”, in a single mouthful should give us pause for some serious reflection of the existential kind. This not to mention suggesting that Israel’s shelf-life may now be short-lived. (One only has to bring to mind here the infamous “Samson Option”, as revealed to the world by Seymour Hersh, in a book of the same name.)
Others still might take issue only with Wilkerson’s use of the present tense, i.e. “delegitimising”. And in any event, even if one is ‘optimistic’ about Israel’s demise short of the advent of the Apocalypse, as its history has brought home to us all, it is quite capable of doing a lot of damage in the interim. In the case of Israel then, the more people know about the ideology which underpins its raison d'être, its origins as a nation, its trajectory since then, and its geopolitical ambition going forward, the better off we all will be. Forewarned is forearmed as the saying goes!
Again I stress, by necessity this should include Israel’s own citizens and their brethren in the diaspora; far too many have chosen to imbibe the reigning political narrative—its mythos—over a starker, less romanticised, more authentic reality. One that is in sync with and simpatico towards the rest of humanity. That is, one in lieu of, and an antidote to, the “national imaginary” so defined by Shlomo Sand in the epigraph. Remaining ignorant of, or sanguine about, the implications of continuing to embrace the “mythos” is no longer an option. For Jews and non-Jews alike. Wilkerson’s observations above should be enough to enlighten us on that score. But he’s not alone, a point to which this and succeeding instalments in this series will attempt to reveal.
And so it is we proceed with a deeper exploration of some of the above considerations, and maybe take a few steps further beyond. At this point, it is perhaps best to begin by asking exactly what is a Jew? Or more precisely, what does it mean to be one? ‘Defining’ a Muslim or a Christian is to be sure, the less daunting task. Answering the former question however is akin to playing ‘pin the tail on the donkey’.
To the best of this writer’s knowledge, beyond the proscribed, though hardly adequate ‘textbook’ matrilineal parameters, no-one—Jew or non-Jew—has ever accurately or satisfactorily defined what being Jewish is. For this writer (a humble Gentile), being Jewish has always been at its core about being ‘of a religion’, i.e. Judaism. Though they might forever remain incomplete, my own research undertakings and efforts at arriving at a clearer insight on this question haven’t disabused me of this long-held view.
Be that as it may, Adam Weisberger (in discussing the work of Moses Hess), for his part noted that ‘in modernity the Jews again slip through the grasp of Gentile attempts to comprehend them. Are the Jews a race, a nation, or a religion?…modern Gentiles and Jews asked.’ The answer he said, ‘depended upon the interest of who was asking.’ It’s as if being a Jew can mean precisely what anyone—that is, those proclaiming ‘Jewishness’ and those inclined to defend them—wants it to mean!
Now if this sounds like a refrain plucked out of Alice in Wonderland, then that’s probably not coincidental! Weisberger is far from being the only one to ponder this Carrollesque conundrum. For his part, ‘fixing Jewishness’, noted Phillip Weiss, ‘is a futile exercise’; it is perhaps these and other questions—and the dearth of clear answers—which brought him and Weisberger to such head-scratching conclusions, such as we might define them so.
— An Exclusive Club of the Elect (Who the Real Jews Are)
In a 2014 newspaper article Shlomo Sand, the dissident Israeli historian, anti-Zionist, and by his own account something of a rehabbed Jew, expressed unambiguous sentiments regarding his purported ethnic-cultural identity and why he made the decision to ‘divorce’ himself from the Tribe. For the iconoclastic author (another of the tribe’s ‘self-loathing’ myth-busters), having become he says, ‘painfully aware that I have undergone an adherence to Israel, been assimilated by law into a fictitious ethnos of persecutors and their supporters’, and having ‘appeared in the world as one of the exclusive club of the elect...’, it was time, Sand averred, to withdraw from that “club”. To pull the pin as it were.
Yet even in the process of relinquishing his “Jewish” status, here Sand stopped short of actually defining what a Jew is. Are they defined by ethnicity, or are they some arcane tribal grouping or cultural entity the character or essence of which we Gentiles (aka “goyim”) are never likely to grasp, if indeed we’re ever actually meant to? Are modern day Jews in fact Semitic peoples, with authentic blood or genealogical ties to at least one of the twelve tribes of Israel, themselves the leading drivers of the epic and enthralling (if not always historically sound), Biblical narrative?
Well, yes and no. Some are apparently, some are not! In fact most aren’t. And if not, then what do we make of the whole notion of “anti-Semitism”, and of the epithet, “[you’re an] anti-Semite”? This is a question to which we shall return again in future instalments. And for that matter, why do so few people talk about ‘anti-Gentilism’? One only needs a passing familiarity with the basic tenets of the Jewish Talmud (of which more later) to realise such animus towards those not considered to be card-carrying members of the tribe is more than equal to—indeed far surpasses that of—any form of “anti-Semitism”. (And what might be said of the Talmud’s view of Christians and Christianity, something I’d aver few committed followers of Jesus are aware of? Again, to be explored later.)
The truth of the matter is that the vast majority of those who proclaim “Jewish” blood, genes or familial heritage today are not—repeat not—of Semitic origin! Here again, grand implications abound given the frequent use of the “anti-Semite” epithet alone. This retort—what Reed aptly called the “anti-Semitic rebuke”— is perhaps the most powerful offensive and defensive weapon those purporting to be Jews and/or acting in the interests of “real” Jews have had at their disposal in constructing their “Grand Design”, or for the purposes of obscuring their real attitudes towards non-Jews and their larger motives and ambitions.
Yet it holds the dubious distinction of being one of the greatest anomalies (or perhaps more aptly put, contradictions) attendant upon the Jewish mythos, one that is rarely mentioned, must less challenged, except mainly by fools rushing in and the occasional angel treading in uncharted terrain. Then again, we might say that by definition, such myths are inviolable, not meant to be challenged. And when it comes to the number and variety of anomalies which do attend modern Israel’s “mythos”, that is a big call by any measure.
So embedded is this fabled construct in our collective consciousness even now, and so effective and enduring has been the “forgery”, it’s difficult for folks to embrace any new reality or insight that might contradict the contradiction as it were, much less the implications of the contradiction itself. This, regardless of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, which has been well documented, albeit far from common knowledge, for decades. (Perhaps what we’re up against here is something akin to what’s called the “Paradigm Effect”.)
In future instalments, we’ll explore further just who the real Jews are. Suffice to say though there was and remains a ‘thirteenth tribe’, as anyone familiar with the work of another disenchanted Zionist Arthur Koestler will be aware. His eponymously titled book lifts the veil on this myth. Others of course, including the aforesaid Sand have done same. But to no avail it would seem: The myth still stands; unlike say the Temple of Jerusalem, it remains seemingly indestructible.
Said Sand: ‘I wish to resign and cease considering myself a Jew…’, clearly aware that in doing so he was not going to endear himself to ‘the tribe’, yet at the same time knocking into a cocked hat the notion of ‘once a Jew, always a Jew’. He became conscious moreover,
‘...of living in one of the most racist societies in the western world. Racism is present to some degree everywhere, but in Israel it exists deep within the spirit of the laws. It is taught in schools and colleges, spread in the media, and above all and most dreadful, in Israel the racists do not know what they are doing and, because of this, feel in no way obliged to apologize.’
The language Sand uses, “fictitious ethnos of persecutors”, “national imaginary”, and “the exclusive club of the elect” is telling to be sure, giving us an easy segue into the main themes we shall explore throughout. The subtext of his musings also undermine other recurring shibboleths and canards attendant upon the mythos of the Jewish state and the Jewish identity. Not least of these is Israel’s much heralded repute as “the Middle East’s only democracy”, and the asinine proposition that it is the perennially vulnerable ‘underdog’; Israel, the hapless victim constantly battling hostile forces—almost all of which are driven by an inexplicable psychoneurotic anti-Semitism—intent on wiping it off the face of the planet and with it, every Jewish person! Or some familiar ‘riff’ on the well-worn, tired, and frankly tiresome, theme.
As a contradiction in terms, whilst also being at odds with both reality and the fundamental tenets of democracy, the sentiments expressed by Sand were designed to call these well-worn canards and shibboleths into question. Which is to say, other than the country which midwifed its birth (whose own mythological commonalities we shall explore deeper in future ‘episodes’), we might pick any modern nation and it would be difficult to identify one with more fabled ‘baggage’ than Israel. That is without considering its often subliminally presumed, scripturally ordained, albeit not often successfully challenged, origins.
Said “baggage” attends everything from its murderous, 1948 terrorist inspired foundation in Palestine, to most of the key events and developments that have become embedded in its history since that time, to the ongoing maintenance of its image and reputation (embodied in the “fictitious ethnos”, the “national imaginary” as it were), and from there its place and standing within the geopolitical firmament. This set of beliefs and assumptions so many folks—Jewish and non-Jewish—embrace unreservedly, is a varied and variable assortment of fabrications, lies, falsehoods, paradoxes, half-truths, hyperbole, misconceptions, shibboleths, half-baked truisms, double-speak, contradictions, groupthink, anomalies, delusions, fantasies, and fictional inventions, the overarching mythos of which might best be described as a veritable ‘kaleidoscope of kidology’. A shell-game played out behind a smokescreen inside a hall of mirrors as it were. It is fuelled and shaped by everything from:
highly sophisticated perception management techniques and the shaping of public opinion toward desired ends (propaganda);
crude censorship, coupled with the denial of freedom of expression and control of the free flow of information, with threats of punishment for non-compliance;
confected umbrage and inflated indignation at any criticism and ruthless vilification and character assassination of those who venture to proffer it;
untrammelled distortion of the historical record, along with the monopolisation—and debasement—of our public and political discourse; and,
the all purpose, one-size fits all weapon of offence & defence—the ‘you’re an anti-Semite’ epithet/label, used with monotonous frequency to stifle dissent.
To all this Israel brings a ‘born-to-the-manor’ sense of pride and proprietary hubris, a ‘haughty spirit’ if one likes—a sublime righteousness—not incompatible with the Old Testament tales of their notional forbears the Pharisees. (Samuel Untermeyer once described Jews as the aristocrats of the world; although a story for a future episode, Untermeyer was the principal instigator of the boycott of Germany when Hitler came to power which did much to incite antipathy towards Jews at the time). This “haughty spirit” embraced an unadulterated chutzpah, sanctimony, impudence, ingratitude, and a ‘higher sense of purpose’ that brooks few moral constraints or entertains even less ethical boundaries or egalitarian, humanistic precepts. Above all, it seems an inescapable conclusion to draw, that in its most extreme manifestation, Jewishness is characterised by a disdain for The Other, an ethnocentrism bordering on a peculiar brand of xenophobia. Again, a cursory study of Talmudic precepts (which as noted we will look at in future instalments) renders all this to be an inescapable conclusion.
In the words of Ilan Pappe—like Sand another Jewish ‘cognitive dissident’—Israel is ‘a sinister, destructive war machine’, fuelled by an ‘ideology of chauvinism and exclusion’ that is the basis ‘first and foremost for defining the contemporary Jewish identity.’ The end result of such policies ‘formulated out of such an ideology’ notes Pappe, ‘is an ever-growing [Israeli] appetite for control, land and ethnic purity.’ One might also add, “[for] destruction” as well.
If again for the “diligent students”, this comes attended by a profound sense of deja vu, then perhaps that might give us all pause the next time we go into bat for poor, defenceless, plucky little Israel. This should especially be the case the next time Israel asserts its default—and to all intents unassailable—right to defend itself against a few raggedy-ass Palestinian kids with sling-shots and rocks who have the temerity to stand up for themselves and their people in the only way they know how and with the only means at their disposal.
Perhaps one of the most telling observations that Pappe makes, and one which evidences the absurdity and dis-ingenuity of the Zionist position is this: the number of secular Jews who do not even believe in God, but believe He (he?) nonetheless ‘promised them Palestine’! With much of its overarching narrative engineered and sustained by Israel’s agent provocateurs, ‘hasbara’ hacks, and assorted Zionist zealots in the U.S. past and present—in essence the very definition of a ‘fifth column’—it is suffused in varying degrees by ill-informed analysis, bespoke presumptions, impressionistic thinking, innumerable logical fallacies, and unquestioning preconceptions.
— Another Highly Successful act of Hypnosis
This “mythos” of Israel is further sustained by emotional blackmail, psychological projection, cultural subversion, and a singularly impressive, all embracing web of political manipulation, corruption, influence peddling, coercion, espionage, and extortion that reaches the highest levels of our governments and the various institutions which form the fabric of the Western body politic. If one likes, demonstrating a preternatural predisposition for biting the hand that feeds one!
The one factor common to the “desired ends” mentioned earlier, and the first in the queue for Israel, is the measure of how this will serve Israel’s interests. The interests of its chief patron are, if included in the calculus at all, more often than not secondary, and perfunctorily considered.
Behind the apparently impermeable veil of this “mythos” is an appalling, disturbing, well-documented history of torture, ethnic cleansing, material expropriation, land dispossession, racism, genocide, assassination, wanton bloodshed, chauvinism, extremism, terrorism, colonial-style exploitation and tyranny, ethnocentrism, and an overweening disdain for international law, core democratic principles and basic human rights. Pretty much everything our ruling classes, political lackeys, and their media hacks and flacks would have us believe about numerous dictators and despots—who after years, and in some cases decades of political patronage by the West—and who’ve been ousted after they served their purpose or overstayed their welcome. And not a few of which being such injustices, crimes, and horrors that have long been claimed by Jews to have been perpetrated upon them throughout history.
Now at this point most people are probably thinking that very little of the foregoing sounds anything like the Israel of their own imagination. And therein we might say, lies the problem. How was this chimera of historical reality achieved? Because by any measure, it was no mean feat. For something of a ‘take’ on just how impressive it was, we might paraphrase the great British playwright Harold Pinter. Though he was pointedly referring in his 2006 Nobel Prize acceptance speech to Israel’s chief enabler and protector the U.S. (as hinted, the proud owner of its own exceptional, not unimpressive mythos and self-delusional pathologies to be sure), Israel has also pulled off a ‘brilliant…highly successful act of hypnosis’ in the creation of its own.
This “act” is ongoing and enduring, and at the risk of wearing out the show business metaphor, is still packing in the crowds. Whilst we might argue the U.S. mythos is unravelling somewhat and has been for sometime, Israel and the global Zionist forces which relentlessly drive its growth and influence, continues to pursue its goals of power projection, and does so without fear and with sustained, if not increasing, favour amongst the so-called community of nations. This is despite the many missteps and tragedies—pursuant to the “lies, sins and crimes”—which have accompanied its ascendancy.
In his seminal 1984 book, Taking Sides: America's Secret Relations with a Militant Israel (1948-1967), author Stephen Green recounted his initial experience when he began researching the official records for the project, much of which he had sourced under the FOIA Act, and which had never before seen the ‘light of day’. ‘The reality’ said Green, ‘was so different from the myth as to be unrecognisable.’ Insofar as he was concerned, the idea that the victory of the Jews in the battle for Palestine (in 1948-49; aka the Nakba) was a miracle victory against overwhelming odds ‘is arrant nonsense…unsupported by the documentary evidence.’
Green’s first impressions set the thematic tone for the rest of his book of course, one followed up about five years later by Living by the Sword: America and Israel in the Middle East, covering the period from 1968-1987. Clearly the author had spent considerable time in the Memory Hole, evidenced by the astute analysis, depth of his insights, and comprehensive references.
After reading both tomes, one does not need to adjust their rear-view mirror to appreciate that little has changed in the interim either in the manner of Israel’s conduct or in the determination they bring to controlling the public perception of it. All of which is to say, almost five decades later, as already noted Green’s insights still resonate, with the accepted “underdog” narrative prevailing to this day, unassailable despite all onslaughts.
It could be said at the time Green wrote these books that the “narrative” was never in danger of losing its grip on the collective imagination of people in the West in particular; though a few observers seem to think there are signs that some ‘natives are becoming restless’ as it were, it is far from certain that Israel is preparing to cry “Uncle” anytime soon.
(The recent decision by the U.S. Congress to green-light $1bn extra funding for Israel’s “Iron Dome”—over and above all the money it already receives—confirms unequivocally that support for Israel is alive and well, despite some rumours to the contrary. According to Alison Weir, another $3bn is being ‘printed’!)
By way of explaining the genesis of the project, in his introduction, Green cites a ‘nagging, nettling awareness’ on his part which was prompted by what he saw as the ‘appalling ignorance’ of U.S. politicians regarding the country’s relationship with Israel. After ‘exploiting widespread humanitarian sympathy’ with the surviving European Jews, the Zionist leadership in Israel he says, ‘pursued its objectives without regard for the consequences.’ To underscore the downside from all of this, the author adds:
‘The Arab reaction is bitter and potentially violent, endangering not only the Jews in Palestine but also the strategic interests of the Western powers in the [region], since the Arabs now identify the United States and the United Kingdom with Zionism.’
Israel’s establishment, instigated by the Zionist movement and its hardline adherents with the imprimatur of firstly Great Britain, and later the United States, was eventually facilitated over several decades in the wake of the outcomes of two catastrophic world wars and a calamitous global economic depression.
— Children of the Corrupted Covenant
According to Miko Peled’s interpretation of the Torah (the Jewish Bible, or Pentateuch), the notion that the Jews ‘own’ the land of Palestine is a complete misreading of the scriptures. In a recent article, the Jewish-American anti-Zionist activist and Palestinian rights campaigner states emphatically that the Holy Land ‘belongs to the Almighty who graces it with holiness’. The Jewish people were given license to reside there and ‘enjoy its grace [only]’ he says, ‘as long as they conducted themselves with righteousness and observed the laws prescribed in the Torah’. When the Jewish people strayed from the path of the Torah, Peled notes,
‘they incurred the wrath of the Almighty and were expelled from the Holy Land, prohibited from returning until such time as the coming of the Messiah and the return of King David to the throne.’
Peled—the son Gen. Mattei Peled, of one of Israel’s many ‘founding fathers’ who himself later renounced the Zionist ideology and became a strong advocate of the Palestinian cause and a sharp critic of Israel—reminds us that Zionism is ‘a secular, racist ideology’, with the founders of the movement caring ‘little for the Bible or for Judaism’. For its part Israel—‘the monstrous creation of that movement’—is ‘an apartheid regime that is committing horrendous crimes’.
Peled, far from being the only one who has questioned the Biblically derived justification for the creation of Israel, has even gone as far as saying that Israel ‘doesn’t have a right to exist’, thereby challenging one of the unassailable, sacrosanct pillars of the mythos. Doubtless, this for many might be a bridge too far! More than simply a “self-hating Jew”, Peled is presumably held by many in low regard as a heretic as it were, of the highest order!
Further, Israel’s earnest, unremitting claims that it speaks for, and conducts itself in the name and in the interests of, the Jewish people (again however they might be so defined) is well known to those of us with a more nuanced view of the Middle East’s ‘only democracy’. Insofar as Peled in concerned, Israel[i] and Zionist claims to Palestine ‘have nothing to do with Judaism; in fact, the claim that the legitimacy for Zionism can be found in the Bible is completely false.’
To underscore this, in a blog piece from 2017, Benjamin L. Corey noted that the common evangelical Christian assertion that we must “support Israel no matter what”, has ‘zero basis’ in the Scriptures. For Corey—a theologian, cultural anthropologist, and avowed Christian—this received wisdom is the ‘opposite of what the Bible says’, a view echoing Peled’s, and from which he avers, an “increasing number of evangelicals” are distancing themselves.
Corey spells out unambiguously four key points in response to the “you’re not a true Christian if you don’t stand with Israel” notion, which he regards as ‘nonsense’. Now space precludes a fuller overview of his rationale, but it’s well worth highlighting them herein, and then perhaps exploring one of these observations in order to serve the broad purpose of our analysis. Which to reiterate is bringing into sharper relief the differences between myth and reality.
1. The entire “stand with Israel” theology is based on only one verse;
2. The Bible teaches that the true descendants of Abraham are spiritual, not ethnic;
3. Not even the prophets in the Bible blindly stood with Israel–including Jesus; and
4. The Bible doesn’t command we blindly support people who commit evil acts.
Even with my own limited knowledge of the Good Book (perhaps now somewhat passed its ‘use-by-date’), I did not feel the need to ‘fact-check’ Corey’s assertions; I recall this from my own Christian upbringing and education. Let’s take the first of the above, that of the “stand with Israel” theology ‘based on one verse’, said verse being Genesis 12:3: “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.” According to Corey, such was God’s promise to Abraham—neither biblical Israel nor modern Israel existed when this was written. ‘This promise [was made] to Abraham ’, says Corey, ‘as part of God’s covenant with him.’
This being the case then, we might fairly suggest that the descendants of Abraham—if we can view today’s Jews as such—are children of a corrupted covenant! To be sure, there’s no shortage of Jewish thinkers and observers both secular and religious, past and present, who either did, or would, think much the same way. Corey’s summation—perhaps not coincidentally echoing Douglas Reed’s own assessment spelt out at the beginning of this article—is unequivocal:
‘What the world calls Israel is NOT what the Bible calls Israel. The world is referring to a nation state that was created just a generation ago—the Bible is talking about the people of Abraham, which are a spiritual people who have accepted their king: Jesus. It’s not a people group one is born into, but a people group you join by pledging your allegiance to Jesus. So is standing with Israel a biblical concept? No…the stronger biblical case would be standing in opposition to Israel’s ungodly behavior.’
Measured against the odds, we can safely say few campaigns by any group in history have been so suffused with imperious presumption, hubris, and grandiose, uncompromising ambition. On its face—even in hindsight—it seems incomprehensible anyone would conceive of such a gambit much less dedicate themselves so ruthlessly and relentlessly to achieving it. With it seems very little doubt as to whether they would actually pull it off. It was ‘only a matter of time’. Perhaps it is only the architects of the Tower of Babel who began their quest with as much presumption and ambition!
As we will see in follow-up pieces, from the outset of the push to establish a Jewish state in this region, such incomprehension—itself subsequently transcended then attended increasingly by fierce resistance to the very notion—applied to many Jewish people, prominent and not so. To these folks such a concept was anathema, heresy even. For non-Jewish folks who opposed this ‘unholy grail’ crusade, it was simply a very, very bad idea. For both categories of people, there can be little doubt their worst fears have been realised, their objections vindicated.
Since that time, as current events evidence, Israel and its Zionist overlords have demonstrated a ruthless intransigence in seeking dominion over the land it usurped and the subjugation of its indigenous owners and inhabitants, along with an ill-disguised contempt for international law and world opinion. That this ruthlessness and determination has surpassed by some measure that which characterised the multi-faceted efforts in its creation is difficult to refute.
For many, the Zionist game-plan was then meant to be over with the creation of Israel! What so many people didn’t get then—and still don’t get now—is that was simply a dress rehearsal—perhaps only the first act or curtain raiser—for something far bigger, more ambitious, far more insidious and earth shattering. And though Douglas Reed was not the only one who defined the state of play as such (we’ll look at others in future instalments), few perhaps did it as thoroughly and as presciently, and with as much portent, as he did.
Greg Maybury, October 1, 2021.
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G’day Michael, Many 🙏 for this information. Some of it will be familiar to me, and will need some time to explore the rest further.
More of my research Greg:
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The Lobby USA - Abridged - Censored Documentary Exposing The Israel Lobby In The U.S. (1:07:35)