Hillary Clinton has a close relation with Sid and Max Blumenthal, taking advice from them about Israel that could have been penned by the enemy outfit Haaretz. Bernie Sanders, competing for the Democrat nomination, has Simone Zimmerman, his newly appointed Jewish outreach coordinator. She seems to be cut from the same cloth as the Blumenthals, as the Jerusalem Post notes:
“We’re paying attention to what’s happening in Israel — and we are angry,” Zimmerman said in a column on her fellow millennials in Israel’s daily Haaretz in February.
“The hypocrisy of expecting feel-good social justice projects to offset millennials’ deep outrage at the grave injustices committed by the Jewish state is almost too much to bear,” wrote Zimmerman, who is in her mid-20s. “No public relations trick can save Israel’s image. The problem isn’t with the hasbara [public relations]. The problem is nearly 50 years of occupation. The problem is rampant racism in Israeli society. The problem is attacks on human rights defenders by extremists and by the state. The problem is a Jewish establishment that ignores or justifies all of this.”
Maybe I am reading too much into it, but I found this significant:
Zimmerman declined JTA’s requests to be interviewed for this story.
She writes for Haaretz, but won’t be interviewed by a JTA journalist?
The article is here.
In short, she has bought in to the Palestinian narrative. Everything is Israel’s fault, and never mind what Israelis think, she knows better. She is no friend of Israel. Her appointment adds further context to Sanders’ recent statements about Israel, and the friction therefrom.
I’m now not sure if it is appropriate to hope for a Trump win (unlikely) or mourn the fact that maybe Obama will turn out not to have been the worst president in modern times, so far as dealing with Israel is concerned. It looks like either of the Democrat hopefuls could be worse. There may be dark days ahead.