Chomsky: ‘I support Israel, but…’

In August 2010, Noam Chomsky told Israeli Channel 2 News: “I regard myself a supporter of Israel“.

The Jewish-American political analyst, professor Avram Noam Chomsky (born 1928), knows how to cover his personal agenda behind literary smokescreen. That’s what he did in his recent article published at AlterNet on September 3, 2012, entitled ‘Why America and Israel Are the Greatest Threats to Peace‘. His article begins with the statement: “Imagine if Iran – or any other country – did a fraction of what Americans and Israel do at will“. However, after criticizing both the US and Israel for their warmongering policies toward the Islamic Republic – Chomsky drops the Zionist entity from his list of “brutal and repressive regimes” in the region.

The Iranian government is brutal and repressive, as are Washington’s allies in the region,” wrote Chomsky. One wonder why none of the leaders from 120 NAM member countries and 23 non-NAM countries who attended the 16th NAM summit in Tehran last week – compared Iran with the United States in those categories!

Before, I quote Chomsky’s said article, I would like to introduce the ‘real Chomsky’ to my readers. Chomsky is a strong critic of US foreign policy. He believes in the discredited ‘official 9/11 story’. In his book, ‘9-11’, Chomsky criticized US foreign policy in the Middle East and its invasion of Afghanistan – but never mentioned Israel’s complicity in the tragedy. Chomsky is against Palestinians’ military resistance. He also favors the so-called ‘two-state’ solution and believes in Israel’s right to exist as ‘Jewish state’. Chomsky never publically questioned the Zionist version of the holocaust (‘Six Million Died’). Chomsky is against academic boycott of Israel. Chomsky doesn’t believe that the US foreign policy is controlled by the Jewish groups especially the AIPAC. Chomsky also doesn’t like Israel being compared with the former apartheid South Africa.

American Jewish writer and blogger, Roger Tucker, in a 2010 ‘Open Letter to Uri Avnery, Noam Chomsky and Jimmy Carter‘, had claimed that they’re not friends of Palestinian – because they themselves were ‘Crypto-Zionists’ hiding behind the facade of ‘humanism’.

Jeff Blankfort, former Jewish editor of the Middle East Labor Bulletin, a long time photographer and a frequent writer on Israel-Palestinian conflict – had called Chomsky a Double Agent in one of his 2005 articles.

A number of statements made by Chomsky have demonstrated his determination to keep Israel and Israelis from being punished or inconvenienced for the very monumental transgressions of decent human behavior that he himself has passionately documented over the years. This is one of the glaring contradictions in Chomsky’s work. He would have us believe that Israel’s occupation and harsh actions against the Palestinians, its invasions and undeclared 40 years war on Lebanon, and its arming of murderous regimes in Central America and Africa during the Cold War, has been done as a client state in the service of US interests. In Chomsky’s world view, that absolves Israel of responsibility and has become standard Chomsky doctrine,” wrote Blankfort.

Now, back to Chomsky’s ‘satirical article’.

The war drums are beating ever more loudly over Iran. Imagine the situation to be reversed.

Iran is carrying out a murderous and destructive low-level war against Israel with great-power participation. Its leaders announce that negotiations are going nowhere. Israel refuses to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty and allow inspections, as Iran has done. Israel continues to defy the overwhelming international call for a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the region. Throughout, Iran enjoys the support of its superpower patron.

Iranian leaders are therefore announcing their intention to bomb Israel, and prominent Iranian military analysts report that the attack may happen before the US elections.

Iran can use its powerful air force and new submarines sent by Germany, armed with nuclear missiles and stationed off the coast of Israel. Whatever the timetable, Iran is counting on its superpower backer to join if not lead the assault. U.S. defense secretary Leon Panetta says that while we do not favor such an attack, as a sovereign country Iran will act in its best interests.

All unimaginable, of course, though it is actually happening, with the cast of characters reversed. True, analogies are never exact, and this one is unfair – to Iran.


2 responses to “Chomsky: ‘I support Israel, but…’

  1. Rehmat, thanks for explaining the “real” Chomsky. I had always wondered about why Chomsky doesn’t acknowledge the existence, power, and decisive influence that the Jewish Lobby for Israel has over the US government. From my reading, Chomsky claims that Jews are only a contributing part of the “Israeli Lobby.” It’s beyond me how any reasonably informed person would believe that Jews would allow such an important issue as US policy towards Israel to be out of their own control. Think about it, how masterfully Jews have demonstrated themselves to be in many areas. The Christian Right, whom Chomsky regards as an important constituent of the Lobby, are in reality, dolts, whose focus is the supposed end times in the future. It’s hard for me to believe this latter group can politically accomplish much of anything – gay rights and abortion being two examples. No, it’s far more likely that these Christians are only puppets of their true masters: the Jews.

  2. @truthrat – you are misinformed. Read Chomsky’s work and decide for yourself. He plainly speaks of the influence of the Jewish lobby, but he also provides evidence that they are garnering less broad-based support amongst American Jews and Christians because of their extremism. He has also spoken out more times than I can count about the atrocities committed by Israel and other countries. Yes, he says what Israel does isn’t the same as the past apartheid of South Africa. He says it is WORSE.

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