There is an alternative Jewish view of billionaire George Soros that preceded Glenn Beck. To see a fascinating analysis of him read the essay by New Republic’s editor and publisher Marty Peretz in February 2007 titled “The Madness of King George.”
Money quote: “We learn Soros never has nightmares. Had he been tried in a de-Nazification process for having been a young cog in the Hitlerite wheel, he would have felt that, since other people would have confiscated the same Jewish property and delivered the same deportation notices to the same doomed Jews, it was as if he hadn’tdone it himself. He sleeps well.”
And another quote: “Soros is ostentatiously indifferent to his own Jewishness. He is not a believer. He has no Jewish communal ties. He certainly isn’t a Zionist. He told Connie Bruck in The New Yorker–testily, she recounted–that “I don’t deny the Jews their right to a national existence–but I don’t want to be part of it.” But he has involved himself in the founding of an anti-AIPAC, more dovish Israel lobby. Suddenly, he wants to influence the character of a Jewish state about which he loudly cares nothing. Once again, he bears no responsibility. Perhaps his sense of his own purity also underwrites his heartlessness in business.”
What apparently set off Peretz was an anti-American diatribe Soros delivered in Davos in which he slammed the Japanese and Turks for never having addressed their guilt for own war crimes, something Soros has publicly refused to do for himself. In the same speech he ruthlessly attacks George W. Bush as a Nazi and his Americans who support him, suggesting millions of Americans should undergo de-Nazification.
This is must reading. Peretz’s column from four years ago demolishes the liberal denial about Soros, so prominently on display yesterday by liberal rabbis who defended Soros in a full page $100,000 ad in the Wall Street Journal.