Breitbart News published a rather un-PC headline with David Horowitz calling Bill Kristol a Republican spoiler and a “renegade Jew.” Yes, Horowitz “dropped the hard ‘J’.” So if Trump’s Alter Cocker want to open a can of Chutzpah on the #NeverTrump crowd, it’s only Gerekhtikayt that I respond with a fair Tuchas Shlogn. After all, those Putzes started it, not me.
Let’s keep it between us Jews though. Andrew Breitbart was a Jew by birth, but an atheist by (un)belief. Horowitz wrote that he’s a half-hearted American Jew. His entire argument comes in the last paragraph.
I am a Jew who has never been to Israel and has never been a Zionist in the sense of believing that Jews can rid themselves of Jew hatred by having their own nation state.
I actually half agree with half of that. I am also a Jew who has never been to Israel. I also don’t believe that Israel, as a nation state, will stop Jew hatred. But I disagree on the nature of the conclusion because I have a Biblical worldview and Horowitz does not.
Donald Trump is bad for America (and by extension, Israel, and the free world) because he’s an amoral God mocker. Israel exists because God promised it would four thousand years ago. The ingathering of the Jews under one banner has been foretold many times in the Old and New Testaments.
The remainder of Horowitz’s attack on Kristol’s anti-Trump betrayal of Jewishness claims that Hillary would be a worse enemy of Israel than Trump.
But half of world Jewry now lives in Israel, and the enemies whom Obama and Hillary have empowered — Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, ISIS, and Hamas — have openly sworn to exterminate the Jews. I am also an American (and an American first), whose country is threatened with destruction by the same enemies. To weaken the only party that stands between the Jews and their annihilation, and between America and the forces intent on destroying her, is a political miscalculation so great and a betrayal so profound as to not be easily forgiven.
Again, I half agree with half of it. Yes, Hillary surrounds herself with self-hating Jews and rabid Israel haters. But claiming that Trump will somehow strengthen the GOP and make it more friendly to Israel is simply Mishegoss (craziness). The stongest support for Israel comes more from conservative Christians than from liberal Jews. Israel knows this.
Israelis love American Jews for their money and their cultural ties–secular Israelis that is. Religious Israelis despise most non-Orthodox American Jews, whom they see as meddlers without commitment to the faith. Israelis are socially liberal, but their eyes have opened to the Democratic Party’s poisoned vein of pro-Palestinian favoritism. They know what Hillary represents.
They are learning what Trump represents. With his alt-right Jew-hating America First racist brigade, Israel fears Trump. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied Trump an endorsement, leading to the billionaire to cancel his Israel photo-op trip. Netanyahu has no illusions of what an America First movement means. Far from stabilizing Israeli relationships with moderate Muslims, Trump will inflame them against Israel.
No Republican candidate in modern Israel’s existence represents a greater threat to Israel than Trump. With Hillary, at least the GOP can stand for Israel. With Trump, both parties threaten her. For a Jew to not see that is truly blind.
In the rest of his piece, Horowitz makes the same threadbare moral comparisons we’ve seen coming from the left for decades. Trump isn’t so bad, because he’s not worse than Mike Tyson, whom Horowitz spent three paragraphs painting as a penitent man. Trump isn’t a conspiracy theorist because he only quoted the National Enquirer–we can’t prove he believed it. And it’s all part of “campaign mischief,” which he accused Ted Cruz of doing.
Although Cruz fired his campaign communications director, while Trump stood behind his sewer-dwelling body man Corey Lewandowski. Trump never said a poor word about Roger Stone’s plan to foment actual violence at the Cleveland convention. He hired Paul Manafort, who spent decades defending Saudi interests and brutish dictators. Horowitz dismissed those things as trivial (because he never mentioned them at all). But he brought up Liz Mair’s Facebook ad featuring Melania Trump and blamed that on Cruz.
Horowitz’s most devastating defense of Trump is this:
Their chief justification for opposing Trump is that he is not a “constitutional conservative” and in fact is “without principles” and therefore dangerous. The evidence offered is that he has supported Democrats in the past and changed his positions on important issues.
Here Horowitz resorted to the truth, using the old trick of adding “scare quotes” like the truth isn’t really true. Yes, in fact, Trump is not a constitutional conservative. Yes, in fact, he is without principles and therefore dangerous. The evidence of his support of Democrats and his flip-flops is, in fact, true. Trump’s jailhouse conversion to (barely) conservative positions is about as believable as Mike Tyson’s repentance.
We Jews don’t have to stick together on politics (or food, or baseball, or who makes the best bagels). If you put three Jews in a room you’ll have four opinions on any given topic, so there’s no such thing as a “renegade Jew.” It’s a made up thing. The only thing Jews have in common is that we love to argue.
Accusing Bill Kristol of being a renegade Jew because he sees Trump clearly doesn’t make Horowitz a Mensch. It makes him a Shmendrick. And a Putz. But at heart we all have a little Putz in us. It’s part of our family DNA–just between us Jews.