Perhaps you’ve heard that Nazis exterminated six million Jews during this thing called the Holocaust — an event celebrated by pretty much everyone who shows up at the “free speech” rallies across the United States these days. You may have also heard of a country called Israel, which is populated largely by, and run by, the descendants of the victims of the Holocaust.
Well, thanks to Trump, Israel’s government is feeling a teensy bit conflicted about condemning Nazis.
Donald Trump’s response to the “alt-right” (the latest Nazi re-branding effort) was weak at best. Not only did he show a massive amount of support for white supremacists when he condemned protesters who showed up in opposition to their hateful ideology and described the literal, actual Nazis as “very fine people” but he has actually managed to make countries who would normally condemn Nazis think twice about doing so.
The Jerusalem Post reports that government officials are feeling like if they condemn Nazis too heavily, Donald Trump might get mad at them and thus at Israel.
Israel’s Communications Minister Ayoub Kara tells the Post that condemning Nazis is the right thing to do, but maintaining a good relationship is far more important than worrying about a fascist group that killed millions and millions of Jewish people.
“Due to the terrific relations with the US, we need to put the declarations about the Nazis in the proper proportion,” Kara says. “We need to condemn antisemitism and any trace of Nazism, and I will do what I can as a minister to stop its spread. But Trump is the best US leader Israel has ever had. His relations with the prime minister of Israel are wonderful, and after enduring the terrible years of Obama, Trump is the unquestioned leader of the free world, and we must not accept anyone harming him.”
Kara praised Trump for having “a proven track record in opposing antisemitism and religious extremism,” though he seems to be unaware that Trump is beloved by various hate groups, including Nazis, and that he goes out of his way to avoid being too hard on them (as they make up a good percentage of his remaining base).
Kara’s remarks were immediately condemned by numerous members of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) but notably not by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has enjoyed a chummy relationship with Donald Trump and has been criticized for not speaking out against the murder of Heather at the hands of a Nazi at the Charlottesville rally.
Donald Trump has managed to drag our nation down to the point that condemning anti-Semitism is seen by our allies as an attack on him and the United States.
There are no words.
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John Prager is an unfortunate Liberal soul who lives uncomfortably in the middle of a Conservative hellscape.
Prager spends much of his time poking Trump’s meth-addled, uneducated fans with a pointy stick and is currently writing a book of muskrat recipes (not really) as well as putting together a scrapbook of his favorite death threats. His life’s aspiration is to rule the world with an iron fist, or find that sock he’s been looking for.