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“A toxic rift opens between Democrats and Israel,” blared a Washington Post headline. This, “after the nation refused entry to two members of Congress.”

The two members are representatives Rashida Tlaib, Democrat from Michigan, and Ilhan Omar, Democrat from Minnesota.

And the “rift” is toxic only to Democrats—and to the many neoconservatives and establishment Republicans who’ve aligned with them against Israeli nationalists and Trump nationalists.

Properly distilled, the divide is between hardline nationalists (Israeli and American) and the globalists (Democrat and Republicans). Liberal pro-Israel groups were likewise exposed for their disdain for any Israeli display of sovereignty.

For Deplorables, this division is delicious.

First: There was nothing wrong with the Israeli government’s refusal to allow the two entry into its country.

Similarly, there would be nothing amiss if the American government refused to welcome into our own country a party of agitators with terrorist sympathies. (The “Miftah group that planned the Tlaib-Omar Israel trip once referred to suicide bombing as sacrifice ‘for the cause.’”)

But apparently, there are only a vanishingly small number of committed sovereigntists in D.C., hence the divide over the rights of an ostensibly sovereign country.

The excursion was a show and sham staged by Tweedledumb and Tweedledumber against Israel, to be carried out on Israel’s turf. The Chutzpah!

Tlaib and Omar intended to agitate against the Jewish State. Why would the Israeli government be obligated to facilitate their agitprop-packed itinerary, which would have invariably devolved into promoting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel? It isn’t.

Like a lot of good blowups, this one began with President Trump. POTUS asked that Israel not let the two frightful members of Congress into the Jewish State. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu obliged.

But then, Israel’s interior minister, Aryeh Deri, delivered the one-two punch to Tlaib.

As a humanitarian gesture of goodwill, Deri decided to approve the Palestinian-American’s request to visit her grandmother, aged 90, in the West Bank.

For that maneuver, the mulish Tlaib was unprepared. For a visit with grandma would be nothing without the ability to incite against her hosts. Quickly and capriciously did Ms. quicksilver decide that, no-no, she won’t go:

“Silencing me and treating me like a criminal is not what [granny] wants for me. It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in–fighting against racism, oppression and injustice.”

“Apparently, her hate for Israel [overrides] her love for her grandmother,” conclude d Deri. Clearly, Tlaib’s plaintive plea was so much provocation, aimed at bashing the State of Israel.

The minister, at once, had enforced Israel’s national interests, while exposing the deeply silly and conniving Rashida Tlaib for the total tembel she is (tembel means “stupid person” or “fool” in Hebrew). Would that U.S. politicians were intuitively as quick to act patriotically, instead of constantly dignifying the left’s demagoguery.

Telling, too, were the justifications used by the likes of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrat from Florida, Joe Lieberman, former senator and bosom buddy of John McCain, AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and legions of politicians and professional pointy-heads, Republican and Democrat, who all abjured Israel for denying travel visas to the two American agitators.

Our support for Israel, explained these and other bad actors like them, rests on Israel reflecting and mimicking “our American freedoms.” So said Wasserman Schultz, who sided with the two Muslim-American Democrats.

In America, everyone is welcome to speak his mind, puled Schultz (even if that “mind” evinces no discernable brainwave activity). Just as Americans welcome any and all into their country (especially haters—how we love those), so, too, must Israel.

The values of Israel are our own, riffed others. In its actions—by deciding not to allow Tlaib and Omar to hold court in Israel—the Israeli government was acting in an un-American fashion. At least so “reasoned” the commentariat, as they discussed imposing American values on a sovereign country, without that country’s democratic consent.

CNN’s empaneled females fulminated over Israel being a threat to democracy worldwide. Israel was emblematic of the right-wing, fundamentalist global surge, screeched one harridan.

Amen—the more nation-states join American and European populism, the better.

Bernie Sanders, however, is correct in fingering the problematic nature of foreign aid to Israel—and to any country, for that matter.

In fact, conservatives once had choice words for foreign aid. It was “money down a rathole” (Jesse Helms), and it amounted to “putting Ghana over Grandma” (Tom DeLay).

Said sanders: “If Israel doesn’t want members of the United States Congress to visit their country. Maybe they can respectfully decline the billions of dollars that we give to Israel.”

He who pays the piper calls the tune. For foreign aid, Israeli leaders have been forced to subordinate their country’s national interests to Washington’s whims. This is bad for both allies.

Those of us who want the U.S. government to put America First, stay solvent and out of the affairs of others recognize that sovereign nation-states that resist, not enable, our imperial impulses, are the best hindrance to hegemonic overreach.

Patriots for a sane U.S. foreign policy ought to encourage all America’s friends, especially Israel, to push back and do what’s in their national interest, not ours.

The Israeli people will be the richer without the $3 billion in aid they receive annually. As any economist worth his salt knows, foreign aid, being a government-to-government transfer, grows the public sector in the recipient country at the expense of the private, productive economy.

The Israeli people possess in abundance what economist Lord Peter Bauer called “the faculties, attitudes and institutions favorable to material progress.” Moreover, American Jews, evangelicals, and Israel’s other benefactors will continue to dwarf the U.S. State in their private, charitable contributions to the Jewish State.

Seldom at a loss for fighting words is President Trump. POTUS, who won the tiff with Tlaib hands down, also provided the winning quip.

“The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!”

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Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She is the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook & Gab. New on YouTube: “America Belongs To The World; It’s Everybody’s Home.

 
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  1. Realist says:

    For Deplorables, this division is delicious.

    Not if they are dying in wars for Israel’s benefit….or paying for them.

    Patriots for a sane U.S. foreign policy ought to encourage all America’s friends, especially Israel, to push back and do what’s in their national interest, not ours.

    Israel is not our friend. Your advice for Israel is apropos to the US…do what’s in our interest…not Israel’s.

    As any economist worth his salt knows, foreign aid, being a government-to-government transfer, grows the public sector in the recipient country at the expense of the private, productive economy.

    And donations to American politicians, on behalf of Israel, from Jewish billionaires grows the support of Zionist interests at the expense of US interests.

    • Agree: Alternate History
    • Replies: @Alternate History
  2. A “winning quip” Ilana? Hands down? Your standards of humour aren’t too high, er?
    By all means stick the boot to Tlaib, but her 90 year old granny? It’s not like granny might love her grand daughter, after all, politics is thicker than blood….

  3. alexander says:

    I Have a question.

    Was there, or was there not, a “quid pro quo” offered to congresswoman Rashida Tlaib by interior minister Deri ?

    That Tlaib would be permitted to visit with her Grandma in the West Bank, only on condition she forswore the BDS movement , forever ?

    Wasn’t that the deal you forgot to mention, Ilana ?

    I am not saying it was a “Sophie’s Choice” moment for Rashida, but don’t blame me if a lot of people aren’t going to see it any other way.

  4. imbroglio says:

    The Odd Squad may be brazen and corrupt and Tlaib may be dumb, but they’re not stupid. They can read the political tea leaves. They sense they have a winning hand. Once Trump is gone, the Swamp restored and the Deplorables put in their place, things may look pretty bad for Israel (“Eez-rye-el” as Omar contemptuously puts it) And what friends besides the U.S. does Israel have? Like it or not, Israel is U.S. suzerain.

    Then there are politically connected and cowardly Jews like Bernie, Lieberman and Wasserman-Schultz who’d sell their people “for a pair of shoes.”

    True, Israel has the brain power and the inner fortitude to do very well in a world economy based on character and merit but that’s not the world we live in.

    • Replies: @Alternate History
  5. Patricus says:

    Israel has every right to block these congresswomen or anyone else. It is a petty policy. These ladies do not have the power to destroy Israel. They are clowns who would have been ignored except for this blocking which probably enhances the BDS movement.

  6. Anywhere from one-half to two-thirds of Democratic money and one-quarter to a one-third of Republican comes from Jews. Money is the mother’s milk of politics.

    The price is a foreign policy that benefits Israel, not the US, which includes wars.

  7. Christo says:

    Don’t care, whole scene was a worthless distraction. A few Russian Kanyon torpedo drones on the shoreline and the world could be rid of the place.

  8. anon[117] • Disclaimer says:

    “Similarly, there would be nothing amiss if the American government refused to welcome into our own country a party of agitators with terrorist sympathies.”

    No No No . Dont try to segue Israeli interest with that of US . The vile charlatan that Israel is ,has no -palace on earth . Neither is your effort to conflate Israeli interest and vision w8ith that of USA.

    The terrorists are and have been coming to US for decades -starting from Ben Guiron to Netanhahuuuu
    They have blood and the children’s entrails on their hands .
    They have stolen They have murdered.They have poisoned .They have polluted .They have committed sacrilege. They are disgusting piece on earth .

    Apart form these known terrorists ,there are other who illegally live in West Bank and who want to grab Gaza again .They wear military uniform They wear skull cap keep long beard and talk in heavy accent calling non Jews as slave and inhuman .

  9. anon[117] • Disclaimer says:

    “In America, everyone is welcome to speak his mind”

    Yes are and so are these 2 lawmakers.

    But do you yourself get the cognitive dissonance ?

  10. I agree that Israel has the right to deny entry to people, for whatever reason it chooses.

    The flaw in the argument is that Grandma lives in the illegally occupied BEIT UR AL-FAUQA in the West Bank, which is Palestine, not Israel. Israel has a sea blockade on the illegal partially occupied Gaza, and land blockades from Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. Access to Palestine is impossible by sea, air or land. If it were, possible, there would be no need for Tlaib to be in Israel, she could go directly to Palestine.

    • Replies: @anon
  11. anon[327] • Disclaimer says:
    @Curmudgeon

    Please don’t remind the sheeple and don’t accuse the puppeteer of being corrupt or dishonest . Worse is your attempt to expose the cover this author uses to promote evil vile rotten Zionism .

  12. it’s time, no, past time to make aliyah

    Ilana Sarah.

  13. ” a party of agitators with terrorist sympathies.”

    So that would include all Israelis with their celebration of the terrorist bombing of the King David Hotel.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1524552/Israel-celebrates-Irgun-hotel-bombers.html

    Sounds about right to me,

  14. anonymous[308] • Disclaimer says:

    Rashida Tlaib for the total tembel she is (tembel means “stupid person” or “fool” in Hebrew)

    Ilana Mercer, the jew כלבה being true to her innate self.

  15. Renoman says:

    The sooner America cuts all ties with Israel the better, they are a Cancer.

    • Agree: Alternate History
  16. wesmouch says:

    The US has three great enemies: China, Mexico and Israel, in that order. Israel infiltrates the US political system and agitates the US to attack arabs in the Middle East. We have no vested interests in the Middle East and we should care less what happens to Israel. Cut aid, withdraw troops, stop sharing intelligence and crack down on Israeli espionage and intellectual theft of our defense secrets. Mercer is member of the Toxic Tribe that seeks to undermine the West. If I were to name that tribe I might be accused of being an anti Semite.

    • Replies: @Realist
  17. @Realist

    Mercer cannot go against her DNA even if it goes against common sense. This is the best of all possible worlds as such shortsighted decisions by Nitwityahoo will speed up the demise of the support given to Israel.

    • Replies: @Realist
  18. @imbroglio

    The tea leaves go beyond that. The time for blowback is coming in many form. The BDS is here to stay and grow whether Israel likes it or not and eventually the embargo the Zionist forced on Germany pre WWII, will be forced on Israel.

  19. @Patricus

    Legal right does not automatically equate to moral right. Either countries blocking people are democratic, or not; whether it’s the US blocking George Galloway, or Israel blocking two Congress clowns. If democracy is so wonderful and desirable, why are they so scared about differing opinions?

    • Agree: Patricus
    • Replies: @Realist
  20. Realist says:
    @Alternate History

    Mercer cannot go against her DNA even if it goes against common sense.

    If only Whites paid more allegiance to their race.

  21. Realist says:
    @wesmouch

    The US has three great enemies: China, Mexico and Israel, in that order.

    I don’t see China as an enemy.

    • Replies: @Bruce W.
  22. Realist says:
    @Alternate History

    If democracy is so wonderful and desirable, why are they so scared about differing opinions?

    Because, democracy is not great.

  23. Binyamin says:

    Leaving aside the usual anti semitic comments which has become the norm for Unz, let me give a different perspective. Firstly I am surprised at Mercer’s lack of knowledge regarding the history of Zionism. As conceived by its founders and implemented by the early pioneers in post independent Israel, Zionism was a left wing socialist ideology incorporating the communitarian vision of the Kibbutz. The hard men (and women) who defeated the combined might of the Arab armies during the six day war were socialists. Generals Moshe Dayan and Rabin were members of the Israeli labour party and so were Golda Meir and Levi Eshcol. General Dayan was a classical Arabic scholar who had a profound respect for the ancient Arab culture and its people. After conquering Jerusalem, Dayan handed the keys of the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa mosque back to its Arab keepers despite protests from armchair hardliners.

    As someone who loves Israel, Netanyahu makes one despair. Firstly he and his fat ugly wife (nicknamed Miss Piggy by sensible Israelis) should be in jail for corruption and embezzlement since both have been shown to be guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Netanyahu’s disgraceful encouragement of Israeli settlements which has resulted in innocent Palestinians being bullied out of the land they have lived in for hundreds of years means the two state solution looks increasingly untenable. Israel can only survive in the long run if the two state solution is implemented. By aligning Israel with the international nationalist hard right, many of whom are racial supremacists, Netanyahu has ignored the context of Israel’s creation which was Jewish self determination and not Jewish supremacy.

    Incidentally, Rashida Talib is not Palestinian American as some commentators are saying any more than Donald Trump is Scottish American. Talib is a native born American of Palestinian heritage. She has a moral right to visit the land of her ancestors especially since this land is not part of Israel. Talib is a secular liberal Muslim who is not regarded as Muslim by many of her fellow religionists because she addresses Allah as ‘She’. Talib accepts Israel’s right to exist but she rightly reserves the right to criticize Israel. Anyone in America has the right to criticize Israel.

    Leaving aside the demeaning spectacle of an American president commenting in the manner of a playground bully, Israel has shot itself on the foot. In America Democrats compete with Republicans in out doing each other’s support for Israel. This action will strengthen the hand of the handful of pro Palestinian members in the Democratic party.

    • Replies: @WorkingClass
  24. A Texan says:

    It has been a joy to see Trump troll these two and their other two midwit colleagues and see how vociferously the Democratic Party defends these sorry twats. You can’t get better negative political advertising that for free. As usual, the press shows which side it is on and it’s not for most Americans.

    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
  25. Bruce W. says:
    @Realist

    Neither China nor Mexico is my enemy.

  26. @Patricus

    And in return for this slight against the American people, all aid to Israel should be ended. Not a penny more to that alien culture on the other side of the world.

  27. @A Texan

    If only Trump showed as much emotion and energy putting America First instead of carrying the water for that alien culture on the other side of the world.

  28. DaveE says:

    An Israeli pointing fingers at “terrorists” is like Wal Mart complaining about Chinese trade practices.

    Did it ever occur to you, Ms. Mercer, that MAYBE, if you want to see what happens at Wal Mart, an actual VISIT to the store might be in order?

  29. This Deplorable is happy to see the beginnings of a rift between Democrats and Israel. Both are enemies of native born American non-billionaires. I would be much happier to see even a sliver of day light between Israel and President Trump. The Iran Deal was the only good thing Obama did. Undoing it was a ginormous act of hubris/stupidity. America first? An end to endless war? All bullshit.

    • Replies: @anon
  30. Ilhan Omar, Democrat from Minnesota

    To be precise, Democrat-Farmer-Labor from Minnesota.

    Not there is much of the laborer in her (though she’s been in labor). Do goatherds in the family tree count as a farming background?

    The Israeli people will be the richer without the $3 billion in aid they receive annually.

    Worked for Taiwan.

    • Replies: @anon
  31. @Binyamin

    Leaving aside the demeaning spectacle of an American president commenting in the manner of a playground bully…….

    But you didn’t leave it aside did you? Trump is a mass murderer just like his predecessors. And you are concerned about his manners? The preference for form over substance is common. But it is not harmless.

    I don’t mean to disrespect you or your point of view. My only problem is with your boiler plate, ad-hominim attack. We already know Trump has bad manners. You don’t have to type all that out whenever you leave it aside. We have an abbreviation.

    ORANGEMAN BAD

  32. anon[114] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Now it is clear what is meant by the frequent Jew thing – “they hate us more than they love their ..”

    Some westerners hate the responsible patriotic western muslim leaders more than they love their countries .

    and “Israeli people people will be richer without …”

    Go and tel that to Chuck Schumer behind the scene AIPAC’s maneuvering who prevented Rand Pauls call to stop all foreign aids to each country that included Israel.

    3 billions is a figure to hide 10 billions more each year -that is the truth .

    BTW” Israeli people will be richer without ..” is like saying ‘ Epstein would have been much happier with regular wife and may be having now and then an occasional mistress”

  33. anon[114] • Disclaimer says:

    Time to educate American public because withdrawn of support is the prelude to antisemitism . AIPAC is about “yet” to howl !!

    When people don’t support, AIPAC says “time to educate,” FDD has been educating US on Iran , PNAC educated US on danger from Saddam . AEI and Project for Israel was educating about occupying Palestine and possibly killing Arafat . They also educated US about democracy and installed Abbas who stayed on job for 10 yrs without election . Now they are educating US agin about democracy in Palestine because Abbas was no longer able to shoulder the Jew rubbish on his shoulder.

    So time to educate again the American youths. See how this works- America did not support Jewish endevour in 1942 So the message boards sprang up in small town and big cities alike . It sprang up in White house and in rural church same time It appeared on local news paper and in NYT as well. Bingo- no opposition no other voice no other side of the story. Conclusions — America overwhelmingly support Jew endeavor .

    Now in formation is trickling and tricking down for last10 years slowly and people are realizing that they have been played fool- Jew comes to educate again . CNN FOX WSJ Guardian and Congresspeople/Senate weigh in.

    “2018 Economist/YouGov poll found that just one-quarter of respondents ages 18-29 consider Israel an ally.
    Furthermore, recent polling suggests that on the actual issues of BDS and the one- and two-state solutions, U.S. politicians are even more out of step with the public than typically acknowledged. A 2018 University of Maryland poll found that there is no majority support for a two-state solution among Americans. The poll also reported that, “If the two-state solution ceased to be possible, 64 percent of Americans would choose the democracy of Israel, even if that meant that Israel would cease to be a politically Jewish state, over the Jewishness of Israel, if the latter meant Palestinians would not be fully equal.” And while few Americans have specifically heard of the BDS movement, 40 percent of Americans — and a majority of Democrats — support sanctions on Israel if it continues settlement expansion.
    
https://lobelog.com/israels-one-state-reality-is-sowing-chaos-in-american-politics/

  34. anon[114] • Disclaimer says:
    @WorkingClass

    The Deplorable are in majority at least on in separating Israel from US’s blood+money pot.

    “2018 Economist/YouGov poll found that just one-quarter of respondents ages 18-29 consider Israel an ally.
    Furthermore, recent polling suggests that on the actual issues of BDS and the one- and two-state solutions, U.S. politicians are even more out of step with the public than typically acknowledged. A 2018 University of Maryland poll found that there is no majority support for a two-state solution among Americans. The poll also reported that, “If the two-state solution ceased to be possible, 64 percent of Americans would choose the democracy of Israel, even if that meant that Israel would cease to be a politically Jewish state, over the Jewishness of Israel, if the latter meant Palestinians would not be fully equal.” And while few Americans have specifically heard of the BDS movement, 40 percent of Americans — and a majority of Democrats — support sanctions on Israel if it continues settlement expansion.
    
https://lobelog.com/israels-one-state-reality-is-sowing-chaos-in-american-politics/

  35. NYMOM says:

    The Democrats are just mad because now they might lose the Jewish vote in the US…which they should have lost long ago as they have been acting against Jewish-American interests for years now…

    Hopefully Jewish-Americans will finally wake up and stop voting for a group that does nothing for them.

    The so-called deplorables lose nothing either way as the states they live in have no significant Jewish bloc of voters that could give any help to the Democrats. So its a moot issue for them.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @Chris Mallory
  36. anon[412] • Disclaimer says:
    @NYMOM

    there is no Jewish- American interest. Never been . Never will be.

  37. @NYMOM

    Jewish-American

    Which are they? No man can serve two masters for he will hate one and love the other. Anything before American is not American.

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