Rabbis Call Out American Double Standards on Israel

Why does Washington bemoan the rise of Itamar Ben-Gvir, while happily treating with the likes of Mahmoud Abbas?

By Ryan Jones | | Topics: America, palestinians
One is an unrepentant antisemite and blood-soaked terror chief, the other might have racist tendencies, but has never killed anyone. Guess which the US State Department prefers.
One is an unrepentant antisemite and blood-soaked terror chief, the other might have racist tendencies, but has never killed anyone. Guess which the US State Department prefers. Photo: Flash90

America’s got a “double standards” problem when it comes to Israel. This is true of almost the entire international community. But Israelis expect better of their closest ally.

A group representing 2,000 American rabbis last week called out the Biden Administration over its bemoaning the rise of right-wing nationalist Israeli lawmakers like Itamar Ben-Gvir.

They noted the blatant hypocrisy in criticizing Ben-Gvir and trying to keep him out of the Israeli cabinet, while at the same time restricting their rhetoric toward and insisting on negotiations with Palestinian Authority leaders.

Earlier this month, Ben-Gvir attended an event marking the 32nd anniversary of the death of his mentor, Rabbi Meir Kahane.

Kahane was an advocate of absolute Jewish sovereignty in the Promised Land, resulting in his political party Kach being labeled racist and ultimately outlawed. Israel, Europe and the US State Department went so far as to designate Kach as a terrorist organization. While elements within the movement have engaged in property damage and issued threats against Arabs, its members have never killed anyone.

The rabbis this week noted that Ben-Gvir very explicitly stated at the memorial event that he no longer agrees with all of Kahane’s positions.

That however didn’t stop State Department Spokesman Ned Price from calling Ben-Gvir’s attendance an “abhorrent” celebration of a “terrorist legacy.”

And that’s what really got the rabbis’ goose.

You see, for many long decades the State Department that Price now represents has been the driving force behind American engagement with the Palestinian Authority, which is just a political facade for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), once the world’s premier terrorist outfit.

Still today, no name besides perhaps Osama Bin Laden is as synonymous with terrorism as that of Yasser Arafat, a man with the blood of many on his hands.

And yet, when the Palestinian Authority that is today ruled by Arafat’s protégé, Mahmoud Abbas, marked the 18th anniversary of his death earlier this month, Price said not a word.

How are Ben-Gvir’s actions a “celebration of a terrorist legacy,” but Abbas’ are not?

That’s what the rabbis behind the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) were wondering.

CJV Rabbinic Circle Chair Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer wrote on the group’s website:

“If the United States Department of State were genuinely concerned with support for terrorism, it would not be enhancing its relationship with the Palestinian Authority, much less providing funding that ends up indirectly financing its infamous ‘Pay to Slay’ program.”

CJV Israel Regional Vice President Rabbi Steven Pruzansky added:

“The bottom line is that Rabbi Kahane never murdered anyone, while the Palestinian Authority, a union of terror organizations, instigates and lauds murders on a daily basis, following the model of its founder, Yasser Arafat, who was a State Department favorite beginning in the 1990’s.

“The State Department is funding the PA’s ongoing support for terror while rushing to wrongly condemn Ben-Gvir for attending a memorial service for someone who died over three decades ago. This reflects both an egregious violation of American law and a blatant double standard, at odds with the State Department’s proclamations of neutral and fair treatment. We can and should expect better from the US Government and its officials.”

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4 responses to “Rabbis Call Out American Double Standards on Israel”

  1. Vernon Ryan says:

    The democrats do not have American values, they have not had American values since the parties first democrat/communist president who was Bill Clinton. The democrat party today, does not have American values. The World Economic Forum pushes the values of the democrat party, those values of the WEF, are, aka, One World Order.
    I am hoping Israel has everything ready to build the temple, because the first three and half years of the seven year time frame the whole world is now sitting on the very edge of, will be their time frame to build the temple. The Lord Himself will clear the temple mount and there will be no protests.

  2. psalm100al says:

    As Solomon’s temple was 11 years in the making, 1 Kings. 6/37-38, and there are 3.5 years in which to build the next temple, it may be possible that the temple is as the tabernacle in the Old Testament?

    Trust no one but the Lord.

  3. Robert Barbour says:

    I’m not too concerned about puppet Biden because I know that the ruler of the Kings of the earth neither slumbers nor sleeps as He watches over Israel in all her human confusion and insecurity. He looks at Israel and says “that bit of land is mine” and when my plans are fulfilled for her, all her enemies will be brought to nothing. The same applies to the WEF in their arrogance, they are but stooges in the hands of the arch enemy of souls as they attempt to built another Tower of Babel with a similar or worse outcome

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