Indy promotes Noam Chomsky’s charge on “Israeli intervention in US elections”

The Independent legitimised the warped political views of linguist Noam Chomsky today, in a column by their US editor, Andrew Buncombe.  The article, titled “Israeli intervention in US elections ‘vastly overwhelms’ anything Russia has done, claims Noam Chomsky”, highlighted a charge made by the American academic in an interview with the fringe radical left show ‘Democracy Now’.

Here’s the Chomsky quote highlighted by the Indy journalist:

“Israeli intervention in US elections vastly overwhelms anything the Russians may have done, I mean, even to the point where the prime minister of Israel, Netanyahu, goes directly to Congress, without even informing the president, and speaks to Congress, with overwhelming applause, to try to undermine the president’s policies – what happened with Obama and Netanyahu in 2015.”

Buncombe then contextualises Chomsky’s views by uncritically citing the (widely discredited) views of John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt:

The power of the pro-Israel lobby has long been one of the contentious, and disputed, issues in Washington. In 2007, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, published The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, which described the lobby as “loose coalition of individuals and organisations who actively work to steer US foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction”.

Despite denials by the authors that their book – which ADL and others concluded evoked historically toxic narratives alleging Jewish control of U.S. foreign policy – was antisemitic, Mearsheimer later endorsed a book by Gilad Atzmon characterised by CST as “quite probably the most antisemitic book published in [the UK] in recent years”.

Moreover, Chomsky’s argument, that Netanyahu’s address to Congress is worse than Russia’s meddling in the US election is just absurd.  The Israeli prime minister was merely trying to use his bully pulpit to convince Congress to vote against the Iran Deal.  Russia’s government reportedly engaged in a systematic campaign designed to literally swing a US election – an attempt to undermine America’s democracy that evokes the actions of the KGB in the 1930s.

Leaving Chomsky’s convoluted argument aside, the decision by the Indy editor to promote the academic’s charge on Israel’s putative influence on the US political system, without informing readers of his record of unhinged commentary on a host of other international issues, is extremely troubling.

Chomsky, for starters, has argued that the U.S. is “the world’s greatest terrorist state“, has praised the Vietcongdefended the Khmer Rouge, and expressed support for terror group Hezbollah.  As far as Hezbollah, we should note that the terror group doesn’t ‘merely’ wish to destroy Israel.  Their leader, Hasan Nasrallah has proudly proclaimed that Jews anywhere in the world are legitimate targets


Chomsky in a tête-à-tête with Hezbollah’s Nasrallah

Here are other quotes from the esteemed radical professor on Jews, Zionism and Israel. 

On American Jews:

“Jews in the US are the most privileged and influential part of the population… privileged people want to make sure they have total control, not just 98% control. That’s why antisemitism is becoming an issue.”

On Zionism:

“Hitler’s conceptions have struck a responsive chord in current Zionist commentary.”

On Judaism:

“In the Jewish community, the Orthodox rabbinate imposes its interpretation of religious law… Were similar principles to apply to Jews elsewhere, we would not hesitate to condemn this revival of the Nuremberg laws.”

Chomsky may be prolific as a linguist, but, politically, he’s an ideological extremist whose views need not be legitimised and promoted by respectable media outlets. 

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  1. The cranky left likes to blame Russia and Israel for interference in the US election. go figure.

  2. “privileged people want to make sure they have total control, not just 98% control. ”
    Just like every monstrously blood-letting movement Chomsky himself has supported for the past 60 years, from Pol Pot to Hezbollah.
    He is wacko, and, unfortunately the fringe nut job left’s “go to guy” on foreign policy. Naturally they love him in Europe.

    • And speaking of dissatisfaction with only 98% control one can always point to the Arabs desire to conquer Israel.

  3. “Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter’s national security adviser, rejected Begin’s offer of citizenship for Palestinians on the grounds that Israel would then retain control over the West Bank, revealing that from the perspective of American interests, an Israeli withdrawal was more important than addressing the actual needs of Palestinians.” – you mean DEMOCRATS can be utter scum???

  4. I think some of the comments on here attribute views to Chomsky he simply has never held, and are based on the most tendentious interpretations of his actual views. I would urge Adam to contact Chomsky, and actually seek to find out if he can clarify his opinions about the legitimacy, the conduct, and alleged misconduct, of the State of Israel (and Hamas, Hezbollah, the works). I was in a seminar he taught years ago at the University of Minnesota for graduate students, and I seriously doubt he supports any terrorist movement, or their goals, period full stop.
    What he does encourage is placing even the most vicious terrorist movement in a broader context: how do they retain support? Are any of their goals legitimate, even if their methods are criminal and deserve the harshest response? Again: at least contact him and find out if he will directly support the views attributed to him above.

    • One of the problems is that Chomsky uses his position to advance his agenda. He’s an expert in linguistics and is qualified in that area. He does not possess any expertise in foreign relations, terrorism, or counter-terrorism. He’s simply given a platform to disseminate propaganda.