Trump and the New Anti-Semitism
Has the definition of anti-Semitic changed to being too pro-Israel?
You would think so, given the continuing assertions by liberals, progressives, and the media that Trump and/or his new administration and/or Steve Bannon are anti-Semites.
Meanwhile Donald Trump is emerging as the most pro-Israel (prospective) president ever, even more than Harry Truman, who, although he recognized the fledgling Jewish state, harbored ambivalence.
No such thing from Trump. Just this Wednesday he supported Israel at a moment of crisis when Egypt's al-Sisi put a surprise resolution for immediate action before the UN Security Council, highly critical of Israel for its West Bank settlements. No sooner had Netanyahu tweeted his dismay to his putative ally, asking the Egyptian leader to pull back, than Trump jumped to the Israeli PM's defense, posting on Twitter and Facebook:
The resolution being considered in the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed. Peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations. This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis.
Clearly not anxious to cross the incoming American president, al-Sisi shelved the resolution posthaste.
It's hard to imagine Obama doing anything like what Trump did (though I certainly can imagine him doing the reverse -- and he may still). On top of that, Trump just nominated David Friedman as ambassador to Israel, a selection that foreshadows a radical turnaround in U.S. policy from pursuing the endlessly failing Oslo process. It also signals that Trump, unlike so many presidents and candidates before him, really will move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, an act that can only add a sense of permanence to the always-embattled Jewish state.
Despite all this -- and despite there being considerably more Jews in and around Trump, including members of his cabinet, advisers, lawyers, and his immediate family (daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, several grandchildren) than any other president in our history -- the mind-boggling "anti-Semitic" meme persists.
It appears as accepted truth in Maureen Dowd's most recent New York Times column ("Monsieur Vogue Is Leaving Trumpland"). She quotes Monsieur Vogue (aka former Vogue editor André Leon Talley) as saying, "In the end, why pick on her [Melania] when they should be picking on her husband’s billionaire cabinet and his seeming readiness to turn the country back towards oppression, anti-Semitism, anti-culturalism, etc.”
Now I'm not sure where this supposed anti-Semitism is coming from (Bannon again?), but I'm rather certain that fashionista Talley -- who had come out sorta, kinda for Trump in the Daily Mail -- was taking a lot of incoming from his threatened cohorts for his tiny act of bravery. How could a man of that "importance" in the arts, if that's what it is, wander off the reservation? Terrified of ostracism, loss of status, etc., he reached for the ever-ready meme of anti-Semitism, without any real knowledge of the subject or deliberately ignoring whatever small amount he might have.