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FTR #834 Compendium of Fascist Connections to the Zionist Movement

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This program was recorded in one, 60-minute segment

Introduction: Controversy in both Israel and the United States has surrounded the impending appearance by Benjamin Netanyahu before the U.S. Congress. The appearance stems from an invitation by House Speaker John Boehner, who was obviously moving to undercut and embarass Barack Obama.

Like the GOP, which has incorprated fascists and Nazis into its ranks, the Likud Party of Benjamin Netanyahu is no stranger to fascism.

This broadcast reviews and updates past and present links between the Israeli right-wing and fascist elements of various stripes.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s political views have evolved from those of his father, who was personal secretary to Vladimir Jabotinsky, head of the Betar, a fascist element within the Zionist movement.

Excerpting Miscellaneous Archive Show M30, the program sets forth the fascist ideology of “Ze’ev” (nee “Vladimir” Jabotinsky). (The program was recorded in the fall of 1983.) The text is excerpted from Alexander Cockburn’s article “History as the Propaganda of the Victors” in The Village Voice of 10/12/1982.

The program notes that Jabotinsky’s Betar: took military training under the auspices of Mussolini; had its cadre reviewed by Il Duce; saw their alliance with Mussolini as one of ideology not mere convenience; supported Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia; felt that Zionism should manifest itself as a form of fascism (underscoring the superiority of European peoples over the darker-skinned races).

Links between the Likud and Italian fascism have continued to this day. Next, we review the dis­cus­sion of a 1998 con­gress of the AN, the Ital­ian Fas­cist Party that is the direct lin­eal descen­dant of and heir to Mussolini’s black­shirts. Present at that meeting were GOP Representative Bob Young, representing the Republican Party, and Udi Cohen, representing the Likud Party of Benjamin Netanyahu. (This excerpt is taken from FTR #94, recorded on 5/5/1998.)

The recent meet­ing of an Israeli cab­i­net min­is­ter with a promi­nent Swedish fas­cist is the lat­est exam­ple of a long-standing fea­ture of the behav­ior of that country’s polit­i­cal right wing. Israelis and Zion­ists from the right side of the polit­i­cal spec­trum have main­tained con­tact and inter­ac­tion with ele­ments of the fas­cist international. In par­tic­u­lar, mem­bers of the Likud and other Israeli far-right par­ties have con­ducted polit­i­cal inter­face with Euro­pean Nazis and fascists.

Another right-wing Israeli polit­i­cal con­tin­gent has reached out to Euro­pean fas­cists. Com­muning with Russ­ian fas­cists, the “National Unity” bloc has impressed the leader of the National Demo­c­ra­tic Alliance, who feels the two groups have much in common.

Fol­low­ing on the heels of an Iraeli deputy minister’s schmooz­ing with a promi­nent Swedish neo-fascist financier, Aryeh Eldad’s hob­nob­bing with Ilya Lazarenko per­pet­u­ates the dis­turb­ing pat­tern of Zionist/fascist inter­face dat­ing back to the pre-World War II period.

Recapping more material from Miscellaneous Archive Show M30, the program details the abortive relationship between the Haganah and the SS. Prior to the Wannsee Conference and the commencement of the “Final Solution,” the SS and the Haganah actually formed an alliance to cooperate in promoting Jewish emigration to Palestine. This aborted cooperation was adopted to make Germany “Judenrein” (“Jew-Free”) and to drive a wedge into the British holdings in the Middle East.

We conclude by looking at the influence of the remarkable and deadly Bormann capital network in Israel. Contributing both directly from Latin America and through donations made through Jewish businessmen incorporated into the Bormann machine, the network is among the clandestine players in Israeli politics.

Program Highlights Include: Pre-war networking between Adolph Eichmann and elements of the Haganah; review of the GOP’s Nazi element; review of the role of Otto von Bolschwing in forming the GOP’s Nazi element; a synoptic overview on the absurdity of calling Israel and/or the Zionist movement as a whole “fascist.”

1a. Benjamin Netanyahu’s political views have evolved from those of his father, who was personal secretary to Vladimi Jabotinsky, head of the Betar, a fascist element within the Zionist movement.

“Ben-Zion Netanyahu Dies at 102: Father of Israeli Prime Minister” by Batsheva Sobelman; Los Angeles Times; 5/01/2012.

Historian Ben-Zion Netanyahu, the father of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the man said to have had the most profound influence on the conservative Israeli leader, died early Monday in his Jerusalem home. He was 102.

The elder Netanyahu served as the personal secretary of Zionism’s prominent Revisionist leader, Zeev Jabotinsky, in the United States during World War II, lobbying for the creation of a Jewish state. He also pursued his academic work, specializing in medieval Spanish Jewry and the roots of the Spanish Inquisition.

Many attribute the prime minister’s deep convictions and interest in history to his father’s unwavering hawkish beliefs; the Revisionist movement differed sharply from the socialist Zionists of the early 20th century and did not believe in partitioning what was Palestine during the British mandate into separate Jewish and Arab states. . . .

1b. More about the influence of the elder Netanyahu on his son:

“Received Wisdom? How the Ideology of Netanyahu’s Late Father Influenced the Son” by Karl Vick; Time; 5/02/2012.

. . . .But in recent decades Israeli politics came to be dominated by the Likud, the party founded on the philosophy of Ze’ev Jabotinksy, the man Benzion Netanyahu went to America to serve as secretary, and whose vision he carried on after Jabotinsky’s death. The ideology called for a “Greater Israel” that stretched across not only the West Bank but even across what is today Jordan,  land regarded as promised to the Jews in the view of Revisionist Zionism, as the movement was known. It was a robust, even militaristic movement that called for an “iron wall” between the newly founded state and the Arabs surrounding it. . . .

1c. Excerpting Miscellaneous Archive Show M30, the program sets forth the fascist ideology of “Ze’ev” (nee “Vladimir” Jabotinsky). (The program was recorded in the fall of 1983.) The text is excerpted from Alexander Cockburn’s article “History as the Propaganda of the Victors” in The Village Voice of 10/12/1982.

The program notes that Jabotinsky’s Betar: took military training under the auspices of Mussolini; had its cadre reviewed by Il Duce; saw their alliance with Mussolini as one of ideology not mere convenience; supported Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia; felt that Zionism should manifest itself as a form of fascism (underscoring the superiority of European peoples over the darker-skinned races).

2. Next, we review the dis­cus­sion of a 1998 con­gress of the AN, the Ital­ian Fas­cist Party that is the direct lin­eal descen­dant of and heir to Mussolini’s black­shirts. Present at that meeting were GOP Representative Bob Young, representing the Republican Party, and Udi Cohen, representing the Likud Party of Benjamin Netanyahu. (This excerpt is taken from FTR #94, recorded on 5/5/1998.)

3. The recent meet­ing of an Israeli cab­i­net min­is­ter with a promi­nent Swedish fas­cist is the lat­est exam­ple of a long-standing fea­ture of the behav­ior of that country’s polit­i­cal right wing. Israelis and Zion­ists from the right side of the polit­i­cal spec­trum continue to maintain con­tact and inter­ac­tion with ele­ments of the fas­cist international. In par­tic­u­lar, mem­bers of the Likud and other Israeli far-right par­ties have con­ducted polit­i­cal inter­face with Euro­pean Nazis and fascists. Note that Ayoob Kara also met with the head of the Aus­trian Free­dom Party, the neo-fascist party for­merly headed up by Jurg Haider.

“Deputy Min­is­ter Meets neo-Nazi Mil­lion­aire” by Eldad Beck; ynet­news.com; 7/4/2011.

 Deputy Min­is­ter Ayoob Kara met with Swedish-German mil­lion­aire Patrik Brinkmann who has ties with Ger­man neo-Nazi groups in Berlin over the week­end, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

Brinkmann, who is try­ing to estab­lish a far-right anti-Islamic party in Ger­many claims he is not an anti-Semite, how­ever his pre­vi­ous close con­tacts with the Ger­man neo-Nazi party (NPD) and his past mem­ber­ship in another neo-Nazi party raise ques­tions regard­ing his ideology.

Brinkmann, 44, made his for­tune in the Swedish real estate busi­ness in the 1980s before becom­ing mixed in tax prob­lems in his home coun­try. As legal bat­tles were going on he used the major­ity of his finances for the estab­lish­ment of two research foun­da­tions which became closely affil­i­ated with far-right and neo-Nazi ele­ments in Germany. . . .

. . . Sev­eral months ago, Kara met with Aus­trian Free­dom Party leader Heinz-Christian Stra­che who was once active in neo-Nazi groups.  . . .

4. Another right-wing Israeli polit­i­cal con­tin­gent has reached out to Euro­pean fas­cists. Com­muning with Russ­ian fas­cists, the “National Unity” bloc has impressed the leader of the National Demo­c­ra­tic Alliance, who feels the two groups have much in common.

Fol­low­ing on the heels of an Iraeli deputy minister’s schmooz­ing with a promi­nent Swedish neo-fascist financier, Aryeh Eldad’s hob­nob­bing with Ilya Lazarenko per­pet­u­ates the dis­turb­ing pat­tern of Zionist/fascist inter­face dat­ing back to the pre-World War II period.

“The Unholy Alliance: How Israeli Wingnuts Befriended Russ­ian Hitlerophiles” by Sergey Romanov; Lit­tle Green Foot­balls; 7/14/2011.

Russ­ian nation­al­ists met in Israel with right-wing Zionists.

One of the lead­ers of Russia’s National Demo­c­ra­tic Alliance, who vis­ited Israel together with his col­leagues at the invi­ta­tion of religious-right-wing Zion­ists, came to the con­clu­sion that the two polit­i­cal forces have a lot in common …

Since last week, in Israel there is a group of mod­er­ate [eth­nic] Russ­ian nation­al­ists from Rus­sia, arrived here at the invi­ta­tion of the religious-right bloc “Ihud ha-Leumi” (“National Unity”). The lead­ers of an inter­re­gional pub­lic asso­ci­a­tion of the National Demo­c­ra­tic Alliance (estab­lished in March 2010) made sev­eral trips to the Holy Land, vis­ited the Knes­set, and the memo­r­ial com­plex “Yad Vashem”. Fol­low­ing the visit, co-chairman of the move­ment Ilya Lazarenko came to the con­clu­sion that the Russ­ian nation­al­ists and right-wing Zion­ists have much in com­mon. “We are very much in com­mon, and first of all — rejec­tion of vio­lent Islamism, which is a threat to civ­i­liza­tion — he said to the por­tal IzRus. — We also have some ide­o­log­i­cal over­lap asso­ci­ated with the objec­tives of nation-building and its operation.” . . . .

5. Recapping more material from Miscellaneous Archive Show M30, the program details the abortive relationship between the Haganah and the SS. Prior to the Wannsee Conference and the commencement of the “Final Solution,” the SS and the Haganah actually formed an alliance to cooperate in promoting Jewish emigration to Palestine. This aborted cooperation was adopted to make Germany “Judenrein” (“Jew-Free”) and to drive a wedge into the British holdings in the Middle East.

Two of the key SS officers involved in coordinating this alliance were Adolph Eichmann and Otto von Bolschwing.

6a. Bormann’s business operations have included Jewish participants as a matter of strategic intent. In turn, this has given the Bormann organization considerable influence in Israel. The excerpts are read from FTR #305.

Mar­tin Bor­mann: Nazi in Exile; Paul Man­ning; Copy­right 1981 [HC]; Lyle Stu­art Inc.; ISBN 0–8184-0309–8; pp. 226–227.

. . . .Since the founding of Israel, the Federal Republic of Germany had paid out 85.3 billion marks, by the end of 1977, to survivors of the Holocaust. East Germany ignores any such liability. From South America, where payment must be made with subtlety, the Bormann organization has made a substantial contribution. It has drawn many of the brightest Jewish businessmen into a participatory role in the development of many of its corporations, and many of these Jews share their prosperity most generously with Israel. If their proposals are sound, they are even provided with a specially dispensed venture capital fund. I spoke with one Jewish businessman in Hartford, Connecticut. He had arrived there quite unknown several years before our conversation, but with Bormann money as his leverage. Today he is more than a millionaire, a quiet leader in the community with a certain share of his profits earmarked, as always, for his venture capital benefactors. This has taken place in many other instances across America and demonstrates how Bormann’s people operate in the contemporary commercial world, in contrast to the fanciful nonsense with which Nazis are described in so much ‘literature.’ So much emphasis is placed on select Jewish participation in Bormann companies that when Adolf Eichmann was seized and taken to Tel Aviv to stand trial, it produced a shock wave in the Jewish and German communities of Buenos Aires. Jewish leaders informed the Israeli authorities in no uncertain terms that this must never happen again because a repetition would permanently rupture relations with the Germans of Latin America, as well as with the Bormann organization, and cut off the flow of Jewish money to Israel. It never happened again, and the pursuit of Bormann quieted down at the request of these Jewish leaders. He is residing in an Argentine safe haven, protected by the most efficient German infrastructure in history as well as by all those whose prosperity depends on his well-being. Personal invitation is the only way to reach him. . . .

6b. The program relates an incident in which organized crime kingpin Meyer Lansky tried to blackmail the Bormann group, which resulted in his removal from Israel.

Ibid.; pp.227-228.

. . . . .A revealing insight into this international financial and industrial network was given me by a member of the Bormann organization residing in West Germany. Meyer Lansky, he said, the financial advisor to the Las Vegas—Miami underworld sent a message to Bormann through my West German SS contact. Lansky promised that if he received a piece of Bormann’s action he would keep the Israeli agents off Bormann’s back. ‘I have a very good relation with the Israeli secret police’ was his claim, although he was to be kicked out of Israel when his presence became too noted—and also at the urging of Bormann’s security chief in South America. At the time Lansky was in the penthouse suite of Jerusalem’s King David Hotel, in which he owned stock. He had fled to Israel to evade a U.S. federal warrant for his arrest. He sent his message to Bormann through his bag man in Switzerland, John Pullman, also wanted in the United States on a federal warrant. Lansky told Pullman to make this offer ‘which he can’t refuse.’ The offer was forwarded to Buenos Aires, where it was greeted with laughter. When the laughter died down, it was replaced with action. Meyer was evicted from Israel and was told by Swiss authorities to stay out of their country, so he flew to South America. There he offered any president who would give him asylum a cool $1 million in cash. He was turned down everywhere and had to continue his flight to Miami, where U.S. marshals, alerted, were waiting to take him into custody. . . .

 

Discussion

4 comments for “FTR #834 Compendium of Fascist Connections to the Zionist Movement”

  1. Great collage of older broadcasts weaving them together though time.

    As Dave’s said, quoting William Faulkner: ‘the past is not dead it is not even past.’

    Posted by Dusty | February 10, 2015, 10:42 am
  2. The Zionist Movement originated as one of two ways to deal with the antisemitism that flourished in Europe as a response to the framing of Dreyfus. The Zionists, in effect, sided with the antisemites in agreeing with them that Jews don’t belong in European countries, but instead should have their own separate country. The Jewish socialists, on the other hand, went on to form the Jewish Bund or joined multi-ethnic socialist organizations. Of course, there were also non-Zionist, non-socialist Haskalah (renaissance) Jews, and devoutly religious Jews who were neither. The main avowed enemy of Hitler’s Nazis wasn’t the Jews, as much as the Nazis embraced and augmented the already rampant antisemitism among Catholics and Lutherans, but Marxism. This can be seen from the huge banner draping Hitler’s first public speech as Chancellor of Germany, which reads, “Make Germany Marxism-free!”, NOT “Make Germany Jew-free!”, here (at the 5:00 minute mark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnpTWKKWQ1o&t=05m00s

    Posted by Atlanta Bill | January 10, 2016, 6:16 am
  3. Posted by Dave Emory | January 10, 2016, 12:40 pm
  4. @ Dave Emory –
    Thanks. I’ve heard both interviews, in fact all 10 of them. I have the links in a text file handy for copying and pasting into comments. They’re terrific, and I think you should be commended for deferring so much to Peter since you’ve been researching the topic for so much longer than he has, and for holding back and letting him do the talking. The interesting thing about Peter is that it was serendipitous personal encounters that got him interested in the Underground Reich; gives him credibility, even more than the tone of sincerity that he projects. It was watching videos of Peter’s earlier interviews and presentations that had me searching for more on the topic in the way he laid it out, which in a very short time led me to you and Spitfire List.
    [You needn’t post this]

    Posted by Atlanta Bill | November 20, 2016, 5:13 am

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