According to YNet, Israeli Knesset MK Danny Danon is cooperating with apocalyptic rodeo clown Glenn Beck in preparation for his upcoming “Restoring Courage” rally in Jerusalem. Danon has a history of working with Zionist interest groups and conservative politicians from the US.
[Likud MK Danny Danon] returned on Tuesday from a visit to New York and Chicago, where he met with congressmen and senior American Jewish officials and was one of the featured speakers at the Zionist Organization of America’s annual dinner. Danon discussed with the congressmen the formation of a congressional committee on US-Israel relations that could pressure Obama on Israel issues.
Danon said he met several Republican leaders who spoke out against the freeze including former presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Gary Bauer.
“When I told them that Obama was bullying the prime minister, the Republicans apologized for Obama and said he was not representing the view of America,” Danon said.
Isn’t that sweet how apologizing on behalf of America is okay if it’s done for Israel?
Danon describes himself as having a “love affair” with Ze’ev Jabotinsky, whom he frequently quotes. Jabotinsky was the founder of Revisionist movement within Zionism that led to today’s Israeli right-wing. From 1937 to his death 1940 he served as the commander for the militant Zionist group Irgun, which would later gain notoriety for its terrorist attacks against Arab and British targets.
Danon has a reputation of being somewhat of a McCarthyite. He was in charge of a Knesset committee tasked with investigating critical NGOs for accepting foreign funds. He also introduced a bill which would have expelled Knesset members who “actively support armed struggle against Israel.” The bill was deceptively named after Hanin Zouabi, an Arab MK who had her rights as a member of parliament revoked for taking part in the Gaza flotilla of 2010 and her advocacy of nonviolent resistance. Danon displayed his ignorance of the democratic system when he proclaimed it impossible “to be a powerful political figure in a country whose policies you are strongly opposed to.”
Just recently, he took to the editorial pages of the New York Times to call for a de jure annexation of the West Bank with Palestinians restricted to Gaza-style bantustans (“unannexed towns” he euphemistically calls them) and no means of gaining Israeli citizenship. In his words, this would avert “the threat to the Jewish and democratic status of Israel by a growing Palestinian population.” Obviously, this is what people with an ounce of human decency would call permanent apartheid.
The psychopaths who make up the US conservative movement have said and called for worse things I suppose. It is not surprising that they would berate their own government for its perceived reluctance in endorsing Israeli apartheid. However, it’s always jarring to see the way they kowtow to foreign nationalists while priding themselves on their supposed patriotism.