Do Jews control the world?

Antisemites claim that Jews control the world, the banking system, the media, the U.S. government, and so on.  If true, the world would look a lot like Israel: democracy, human rights, and the rule of law would prevail; people would be free to practice their religion (or lack thereof) without fear; creativity, knowledge, and progress would be rewarded; and there would be widespread respect for human life and for the environment.

Jews do not in fact control the world, where they are about 0.2 percent of the population, and where they are the frequent subject of target practice by a United Nations that consists mostly of despotic regimes that thrive on antisemitism.  Jews do not even control the United States, where they are at about 2 percent of the population, and where the vast majority of Jews supports U.S. President Barack Obama despite his bankrupt Middle East policies.

Phil Assouline, a friend and a Middle East expert, quipped about the recent Iran nuclear deal announcement that “with this Iran deal, the ‘Jewish Lobby’ argument is dead”.  Indeed, the deal is widely opposed by the Jewish state, not only by the government but also by the opposition.  Israelis consider a nuclear Iran to be an existential threat, and they demand that negotiations and boycotts continue and intensify until a good deal is reached, but they are clearly not heard in the White House.  If this does not disprove the claim that the “Jewish lobby” controls Washington, nothing else will.

Iran’s nuclear capability and its exporting of terrorism is a matter of life and death.  Arabs too are worried about this deal while the Hezbollah terrorists love it.  This may lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East which is a further worry for Israelis and Arabs.  A deal that does not totally eliminate Iranian nuclear capability and that does not derail Iran’s terrorist network is not a good deal for Israelis or Arabs.

Sadly the antisemitic lie that Jews control the world will endure; just as every antisemitic lie – no matter how ludicrous – has endured.  What does “Jews controlling the world” mean anyway?  Jews are not of one mind.  Even in Israel, opinions are so divided that speaking of a monolithic Jewish position on practically any issue is absurd.  In the United States, Jews are even more divided.  Antisemitism is not built on a rational foundation, to say the least.

When confronted with the possibility of a nuclear Iraq, former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin acted swiftly, to the U.S.’s displeasure.  Israel did not do the same with Iran, perhaps counting on U.S. leadership.  At this late stage, a unilateral attack by Israel may no longer be feasible, and at the same time Iran’s satellites Hamas and Hezbollah continue to be threats to Israel.  All this leaves the Jewish state in the most precarious position it has experienced since its independence.  Some control over the world that is!

About the Author
Fred Maroun is a Canadian of Arab origin who lived in Lebanon until 1984, including during 10 years of civil war. Fred supports Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, and he supports a liberal and democratic Middle East where all religions and nationalities, including Palestinians, can co-exist in peace with each other and with Israel, and where human rights are respected. Fred is an atheist, a social liberal, and an advocate of equal rights for LGBT people everywhere. Fred Maroun writes for Gatestone Institute.
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