Jews and the Neoconservative Movement

Zionism and the War on Terror

This essay deals with Kevin MacDonald’s book Understanding Jewish Influence (2004) (recently banned on Amazon but can be found on MacDonald was a professor of psychology at California State University-Long Beach. He has a number of books and papers examining the role that influential Jews have played in shaping academia, the media, and foreign policy. MacDonald’s best known work, The Culture of Critique, also banned on Amazon, explains how influential Jews have been key figures in shaping the social sciences, academic think-tanks, and numerous civil rights organizations such as the NAACP, ACLU, and SPLC. Understanding Jewish Influence discusses Jews in the neoconservative movement. In this book MacDonald documents that the War on Terror and America’s numerous entanglements in the Middle-East originates from powerful Jewish and pro-Israeli interests. The neoconservative movement is primarily concerned with protecting the state of Israel.

(Unless otherwise stated, quotes are from Understanding Jewish Influence.)

In the contemporary world, organized American Jewish lobbying groups and deeply committed Jews in the Bush administration and the media are behind the pro-Israel U.S. foreign policy that is leading to war against virtually the entire Arab world. – Kevin MacDonald


In order to understand the current Middle-Eastern conflict you have to understand the history of the region. There has been a virtual conflict between Israel and the surrounding Arab states since the founding of modern-day Israel in 1948. It is essentially an ethnic war between the Jews and the Arabs. Both groups of people are highly ethnocentric. Both groups of people are intensely committed to their people and their land. Both groups of people see their people as one big family in their struggle for a common cause.

Some of the more notable conflicts in that region over the past half-century have been the the Six-Day War of 1967, the Yom-Kippur war of 1973, the Iran-Iraq war during the 1980s, the Gulf War of the 1990s, and the present War on Terror. Zionist leaders have long been intent on transforming the politics of the Middle-East to produce Arab leaders that are on good terms with Israel.

Proposals for regime change, such as found in “A Clean Break,” have a long history in Israeli thought. For example, in 1982 Israeli strategist Oded Yinon echoed a long line of Israeli strategists who argued that Israel should attempt to dissolve all the existing Arab states into smaller, less potentially powerful states. These states would then become clients of Israel as a regional imperial power. Neocons have advertised the war in Iraq as a crusade for a democratic, secular, Western-oriented, pro-Israel Iraq. (MacDonald, p 89)

(The) Balkanization of Iraq was always an acceptable outcome, because Israel would then find itself surrounded by small Arab countries worried about each other instead of forming a solid block against Israel. (MacDonald, 89)

Anwar Sadat of Egypt became the first Arab leader to recognize Israel by signing the Camp David Accords in 1978. Sixteen years later Jordan became the second Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel. Several other Arab countries followed including Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE.

The War on Terror

The events of 9/11 have given the West an initiative for rearranging the politics of the Middle-East:

Intensely committed Zionists with close links to Israel occupy prominent positions in the Bush administration, especially in the Department of Defense and on the staff of Vice President Dick Cheney. The long-term consequence of Zionism is that the U.S. is on the verge of attempting to completely transform the Arab/Muslim world to produce governments that accept Israel and whatever fate it decides for the Palestinians, and, quite possibly, to set the stage for further Israeli expansionism. (MacDonald, 32)

Below are some of the key players that have abetted the “War on Terror” and were highly influential members of the Bush administration. It is important to point out that all those listed in this section are Jews.

Richard Perle – (Chairman Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board)

(The) defining moment in our history was certainly the Holocaust…. It was the destruction, the genocide of a whole people, and it was the failure to respond in a timely fashion to a threat that was clearly gathering…We don’t want that to happen again…when we have the ability to stop totalitarian regimes we should do so, because when we fail to do so, the results are catastrophic. – Perle on BBC’s Panorama

Expelled from Senator Henry Jackson’s office in the 70’s after the NSA caught him passing highly-classified documents to the Israeli Embassy. He is a close friend of the former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon and the current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Perle had many ties to Israeli defense companies such as Soltan and Onset Technology.

Perle is listed as a Resident Fellow of the AEI (American Enterprise Institute), and he is on the boards of directors of the Jerusalem Post and the Hollinger Corporation, a media company controlled by Conrad Black. Hollinger owns major mediaproperties in the U.S. (Chicago Sun-Times), England (the Daily Telegraph), Israel (Jerusalem Post), and Canada (the National Post; 50 percent ownership with CanWest Global Communications, which is controlled by Israel Asper and his family; CanWest has aggressively clamped down on its journalists for any deviation from its strong pro-Israel editorial policies19). (MacDonald, 64)

Paul Wolfowitz – (Deputy Defense Secretary) Was the number two leader within the administration behind the Iraq war mongering.

Within the George H. W. Bush administration, Wolfowitz was “the intellectual godfather and fiercest advocate for toppling Saddam.”199 Wolfowitz has become famous as a key advocate for war with Iraq rather than Afghanistan in the immediate aftermath of September 11. (MacDonald, 87)

Like many listed here, Wolfowitz has a strong Jewish identity. His father Jacob was a life long Zionist and his sister is married to an Israeli and lives in Israel. Wolfowitz can read Hebrew.

Former CIA political analysts Kathleen and Bill Christison note that “One source inside the administration has described [Wolfowitz] frankly as ‘over-the-top crazy when it comes to Israel.’” (Christison & Christison 2003)

Douglas Feith – (Under Secretary of Defense for Rumsfeld) Feith is closely associated with the Zionist Organization of America, which even attacks Jews that don’t agree with its extremist views. Feith, like many other Jewish neocons has been suspected on spying for Israel. Feith has advocated regime change in Iraq since at least the late 1980s. He was responsible for creating the OSP (Office of Special Plans), where much of the fraudulent intelligence was manufactured that justified the attack on Iraq.

Elliott Abrams – (National Security Council Advisor) Was Bush’s top Middle East adviser. Played an important role in the Iran-Contra Scandal, which involved illegally selling U.S. weapons to Iran to fight Iraq. He is closely associated with the radical Israeli Likud party.

Abrams acknowledges that the mainstream Jewish community “clings to what is at bottom a dark vision of America, as a land permeated with anti-Semitism and always on the verge of anti-Semitic outbursts.” (MacDonald, 90)

Michael Ledeen (special adviser to Wolfowitz). In his book, War on the Terror Masters, Ledeen discloses:

Creative destruction is our middle name, both within our own society and abroad. We tear down the old order every day, from business to science, literature, art, architecture, and cinema to politics and the law. Our enemies have always hated this whirlwind of energy and creativity, which menaces their traditions (whatever they may be) and shames them for their inability to keep pace. Seeing America undo traditional societies, they fear us, for they do not wish to be undone. They cannot feel secure so long as we are there, for our very existence—our existence, not our politics—threatens their legitimacy. They must attack us in order to survive, just as we must destroy them to advance our historic mission….

Scooter Libby – (Cheney’s Chief of Staff) was recently found guilty of lying to Federal investigators in the Valerie Plame affair, in which Plame, a covert CIA agent, was exposed for political revenge by the Bush administration following her husband’s revelations about the lies leading to the Iraq War.

Joshua Bolton – (White House Deputy Chief of Staff) Accused Syria of having a nuclear program, so that they can attack Syria after Iraq

Ari Fleischer – (White House Spokesman) Is closely connected to Chabad Lubavitch Hasidics, who follow the Kabbalah, and hold very extremist and insulting views of non-Jews.

Henry Kissinger – (Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board) Was responsible for wars that killed up to 6 million in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia during the 1970s

Eliot Cohen – (Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board) Openly admitted his hatred of Islam claiming that Islam should be the enemy, not terrorism

David Frum – (Bush’s speechwriter) Writer behind the “Axis of Evil” label. He lumped together all the lies and accusations against Iraq for Bush to justify the war

Dov Zakheim – (foreign policy adviser) Co-author of the 1997 Project for the New American Century (PNAC) paper on rebuilding America’s defenses, advocated the necessity for a Pearl-Harbor-like incident to mobilize the country into war with its enemies, mostly Middle Eastern nations.

Michael Chertoff – (Homeland Security) Co-author of the Patriot Act.

Gentiles in the Movement

Gentiles are encouraged to be in highly visible roles, mainly to lesson the appearance of the movement being overly Jewish.

Dick Cheney – A close associate of Wolfowitz, Cheney has long ties with Jewish neocons.

Both Cheney and Rumsfeld have been associated with Bill Kristol’s PNAC (which advocated a unilateral war for regime change in Iraq at least as early as 1998) and the CSP, two neocon think tanks; Cheney was presented with the ADL’s Distinguished Statesman Award in 1993 and was described by Abraham Foxman as “sensitive to Jewish concerns.” When Cheney was a Congressman during the early 1980s, he attended lunches hosted for Republican Jewish leaders by the House leadership. … He was also a member of JINSA, a major pro-Israel activist organization, until assuming his office as vice president. (MacDonald, 93)

Following the Soviet Union collapse, he and Wolfowitz attempted to draft in 1992, the Defense Planning Guidance, which advocated America’s dominance all throughout Eurasia and threatened any country that planned to challenge the US’s global hegemony. As head of the transition team for the Bush administration, he and Scooter Libby were responsible for stocking the subcabinet level with neocons.

Israel’s fight against terrorism is our fight. Israel’s victory is an important part of our victory. For reasons both moral and strategic, we need to stand with Israel in its fight against terrorism.

– Dick Cheney, April 3, 2002

Donald Rumsfeld – Has had long history of appealing to Jewish and Israeli causes.

In his 1964 campaign for reelection to Congress as representative from a district on the North Shore of Chicago with an important Jewish constituency, he emphasized Soviet persecution of Jews and introduced a bill on this topic in the House. After the 1967 war, he urged the U.S. not to demand that Israel withdraw to its previous borders and he criticized delays in sending U.S. Military hardware to Israel. (MacDonald, 95)

Rumsfeld however has been less committed to the War on Terror compared to his colleagues.

Despite these links with neoconservatives and Jewish causes, Rumsfeld emerges as less an
ideologue and less a passionate advocate for war with Iraq than Cheney. Robert Woodward
describes him as lacking the feverish intensity of Cheney, as a dispassionate “defense
technocrat” who, unlike Cheney, Wolfowitz, and Feith, would have been content if the U.S. had
not gone to war with Iraq.- (MacDonald, 95)

Zionist Organizations

These are some of the Pro-Israel organizations that have a powerful influence in our government and media:

ADL: Anti-defamation League of B’nai B’rith – Part of the ADL’s mission statement is “We fight anti-Semitism and all forms of hate. We advocate for a safe and secure democratic Jewish State of Israel and combat efforts to delegitimize it.” Essentially the ADL, like so many Jewish organization, has worked tirelessly in squelching free speech. The ADL has worked hand-in-hand with major media outlets to censor anything critical of Israel.

AIPAC: America Israel Public Affairs Committee – The most powerful lobbying group in Washington. AIPAC consistently pushes for hawkish foreign policies in the interest of Israel and intimidates any politician who has criticisms of Israel or votes against policies that are in Israel’s favor

CSP: Center for Security Policy—Neoconservative think tank specializing in defense policy; formerly headed by Douglas Feith (Jewish), CSP is now headed by Frank Gaffney (Jewish); the CSP is strongly pro-Israel and favors a strong U.S. Military

JINSA: Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs—Pro-Israel think tank specializing in promoting military cooperation between the U.S. and Israel

MEF: Middle East Forum — Headed by Daniel Pipes (Jewish), the MEF is a pro-Israel advocacy organization. They are behind Campus Watch, an organization that monitors university professors who criticize Israel. The MEF (along with the ADL, American Jewish Committee, and American Jewish Congress) were able to convince the US House to approve a bill that authorized monitoring of Middle-Eastern studies throughout US universities.

PNAC: Project for the New American Century—Headed by Bill Kristol (Jewish), the PNAC issues letters and statements signed mainly by prominent neocons and designed to influence public policy

ZOA: Zionist Organization of America – Pro-Israel lobbying organization associated with the more fanatical end of the pro-Israel spectrum in America.

These two other organizations, though not having significant influence in Washington, is worth noting:

JDL: Jewish Defense League – According the the FBI report, Terrorism 2000/2001, the JDL has been classified as a “violent extremist Jewish organization”. The JDL’s stated goal has been to “protect Jews from antisemitism by whatever means necessary”. According to the FBI, the JDL has been involved in plotting and executing acts of terrorism within the United States since at least 1980.

JIDF: Jewish Internet Defense Force – JIDF is primarily concerned with fighting “anti-Semitism” and “hate speech” on the Internet.

Origins of Neoconservatism

In alliance with virtually the entire organized American Jewish community, neoconservatism is a vanguard Jewish movement with close ties to the most extreme nationalistic, aggressive, racialist and religiously fanatic elements within Israel. (MacDonald, 59)

The neoconservative movement is primarily Jewish in origin. Neoconservationism became popular among some influential Jews because many began to see leftism as detrimental to Jewish interests. Though organized Jewry had been unified in leftist causes, including communism, during the early 20th century, the movement started to fracture during the late 1920s. Many influential Jews began to see communism as harmful to Jewish interests and they believed that an open democratic society would be less restrictive. The 1960s onward saw greater inroads into the neoconservative movement as more Jews abandoned the left. One of the primary reasons was because the left had become critical of Zionism and Israeli’s attitude towards their Arab neighbors, particularly the Palestinians. Another reason was because they saw affirmative-action as being discriminatory against Jews, many of whom are highly successful in academics. And because many Jews belonged in the upper class of society, many saw leftism as harmful to high income earners.

Jewish Ethnocentricism

Jews are highly ethnocentric. They are cohesive and have strong ties to family and community. Group goals are emphasized over individual goals. Ethnocentric societies are typically collectivist and strong authoritarian leadership is valued. Ethnocentric people have high regards for people of their own kind and look upon outsiders with suspicion. They tend to have an exaggerated sense of victimization and view criticism of their people and their leaders as an attack on their entire race. They carry an “us” versus “them” attitude. Ethnocentricity likely evolved as a defense mechanism against invasion from enemy groups over territory and resources. These people evolved where the population was relatively dense and conflicts with neighbors were common. Cooperation among peers was of prime importance and there was a sense of joining together with fellow “brothers” to fight for a common cause. The ingroup-outgroup barrier is strong and impermeable. Ethnocentric people tend to have a long memory. In the case of Jews, events that happened centuries ago influence their current thinking:

Indeed, a recent article on Assyrians in the U.S. shows that many Jews have not forgiven or
forgotten events of 2,700 years ago, when the Northern Israelite kingdom was forcibly relocated
to the Assyrian capital of Nineveh:“Some Assyrians say Jews are one group of people who seem to be more familiar with them. But because the Hebrew Bible describes Assyrians as cruel and ruthless conquerors, people such as the Rev. William Nissan say he is invariably challenged by Jewish rabbis and scholars about the misdeeds of his ancestors.” (MacDonald, 10)

Jewish Neoconservatives on Anti-Semitism

Norman Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, a premier neoconservative journal published by the American Jewish Committee:

My own view is that what had befallen the Jews of Europe inculcated a subliminal lesson. The lesson was that anti-Semitism, even the relatively harmless genteel variety that enforced quotas against Jewish students or kept their parents from joining fashionable clubs or getting jobs in prestigious Wall Street law firms, could end in mass murder.

Nathan Glazer in 1969, commented on black anti-Semitism and the murderous urges of the New Left:

Anti-Semitism is only part of this whole syndrome, for if the members of the middle class do not deserve to hold on to their property, their positions, or even their lives, then certainly the Jews, the most middle-class of all, are going to be placed at the head of the column marked for liquidation. (MacDonald, 73)

David Horowitz:

The Middle East struggle is not about right versus right. It is about a fifty-year effort by the Arabs to destroy the Jewish state, and the refusal of the Arab states in general and the Palestinian Arabs in particular to accept Israel’s existence. The Middle East conflict is not about Israel’s occupation of the territories; it is about the refusal of the Arabs to make peace with Israel, which is an expression of their desire to destroy the Jewish state. (MacDonald, 9)

Lawrence Auster:

Now when Jews put together the idea that “all social prejudice and exclusion leads potentially to Auschwitz” with the idea that “all bigotry is indivisible,” they must reach the conclusion that any exclusion of any group, no matter how alien it may be to the host society, is a potential Auschwitz. So there it is. We have identified the core Jewish conviction that makes Jews keep pushing relentlessly for mass immigration, even the mass immigration of their deadliest enemies. In the thought-process of Jews, to keep Jew-hating Muslims out of America would be tantamount to preparing the way to another Jewish Holocaust.(MacDonald, 10)

Kim Chernin on Jewish ethnocentricism:

1. A conviction that Jews are always in danger, always have been, and therefore are in danger now. Which leads to: 2. The insistence that a criticism is an attack and will lead to our destruction. Which is rooted in: 3. The supposition that any negativity towards Jews (or Israel) is a sign of anti-Semitism and will (again, inevitably) lead to our destruction. 6. An even more hidden belief that a sufficient amount of suffering confers the right to violence. 7. The conviction that our beliefs, our ideology (or theology), matter more than the lives of other human beings. (MacDonald, 8)

Chernin on the Jewish attitude of that of being eternal victims:

Our sense of victimization as a people works in a dangerous and seditious way against our capacity to know, to recognize, to name and to remember. Since we have adopted ourselves as victims we cannot correctly read our own history let alone our present circumstances.

The Push for Democracy

Influential Jews have been heavy promoters of the fragmentation of Gentile societies. They see an open democratic society as one that is conducive towards Jewish interests. Historically organized Jewry’s biggest roadblock has been Gentile solidarity – particularly one aligned against the Jews. Nazi Germany was an extreme example of that society. A democratic society in contrast is non-discriminatory. Democracies tend to promote fragmentation and individualism. A fragmented society makes it easier for powerful ethnocentric groups to control and influence from within. By contrast autocratic societies, such as those in the Middle-East, has made it difficult for powerful outside groups to penetrate.

The media has been involved in the heavy promotion of democracy around the world. They have labeled any country that is non-democratic as the embodiment of evil. They have been labeling the War on Terror as the good fight – that of being moral democratic governments against “evil” dictatorships. Because of the European-based people’s tendency towards individualism and a simple family structure, they can more easily identify with a system of strong individual rights and representative government. Those same people are relatively easy to convince that the spread of democracy and Western values is a good idea. In contrast groups like the Arabs have evolved based on extended family and kinship based networks.

The Media

Perhaps the most telling feature of this entire state of affairs is the surreal fact that in this entire discourse Jewish identity is not mentioned. When Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, Michael Rubin, William Safire, Robert Satloff, or the legions of other prominent media figures write their reflexively pro-Israel pieces in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, or the Los Angeles Times, or opine on the Fox News Network, there is never any mention that they are Jewish Americans who have an intense ethnic interest in Israel. When Richard Perle authors a report for an Israeli think tank; is on the board of directors of an Israeli newspaper; maintains close personal ties with prominent Israelis, especially those associated with the Likud Party; has worked for an Israeli defense company; and, according to credible reports, was discovered by the FBI passing classified information to Israel—when, despite all of this, he is a central figure in the network of those pushing for wars to rearrange the entire politics of the Middle East in Israel’s favor, and with nary a soul having the courage to mention the obvious overriding Jewish loyalty apparent in Perle’s actions, that is indeed a breathtaking display of power. (MacDonald, 98)

There is no organization that is more effective in shaping the minds of the masses than the media. The owners and chairmen of most of the major media companies are Jewish. For instance NBC’s chairman, Bob Greenblatt, ABC’s chairman, Dana Walden, CBS’s chairman, Strauss Zelnick, MSNBC’s chairman, Ron Meyer, CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, NPR’s president, Jarl Mohn, US News and World Report’s owner Mortimer Zuckerman, Time magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, and New York Times owner, the Sulzberger family, are all Jews. Being of the same background as those from Israel, they will be reluctant to criticize Israel and will not be hesitant to ostracize the perceived enemies of their people.

Biblical Prophesies?

The tenets of Zionism requires that the interpretation of Judaic scriptures be taken literally. The War on Terror may also be a plan to fulfill biblical prophecies and to expand the borders of Israel far beyond what they are now.

Genesis 15:18-20 To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

Isaiah 13:4-5 A Prophecy Against Babylon (Babylon is in modern day Iraq, just south of Baghdad)

The Lord Almighty is mustering an army for war. They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens—the Lord and the weapons of his wrath—to destroy the whole country.

Isaiah 17:1 A Prophecy Against Damascus

Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.

Ezekiel 30:5 Cush and Libya, Lydia and all Arabia, Kub and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.



Jewish-led movements have had a long (and successful) history of crushing the opposition, with neoconservatism being an example. Organized Jewry has also had a long history of aggressively pursuing policies without compromise. Instead of offering a fair and open dialogue investigating the reasons why their relationship with Gentiles have often been so rocky, they instead automatically label any criticism of them as hate. Their solution is not to answer questions about whether their behavior and actions itself lead to anti-semitism but to automatically treat anyone critical of them as an enemy that needs to be dealt with by censorship or force.


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