An American Career Diplomat Expresses Her Concerns about Jewish Money

Nominated by the Biden administration to serve as America’s ambassador to Brazil, Elizabeth Frawley Bagley has held diplomatic positions in every Democratic administration since Jimmy Carter, including a stint as ambassador to Portugal from 1994 until 1997. Adam Kredo, who obtained a copy of an interview Bagley gave in 1998, examines some of its more alarming content, which also disturbed two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:

The interview was conducted by a historian at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training for an oral history project. . . . Bagley opened up about the “Jewish lobby” and its impact on Democratic party politics. She was asked about “the Israeli influence” on the Clinton administration.

“There is always the influence of the Jewish lobby because there is major money involved,” Bagley said. . . . Democrats, she said, “always tend to go with the Jewish constituency on Israel and say stupid things, like moving the capital to Jerusalem always comes up. Things that we shouldn’t even touch.”

The “Jewish factor” is not about the raw number of electors who care about these issues, Bagley said, “it’s money.”

When questioned about these remarks during a May 18 confirmation hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bagley claimed they were the result of a “free-flowing discussion” with the interviewer.

Bagley’s assertion that the discussion was “free-flowing” hardly exonerates her. Meanwhile, the “stupid” decision to relocate the U.S. embassy to Israel’s capital—supported by decades of bipartisan legislation—did not bring about any international crises, and was instead followed by major breakthroughs in Israel-Arab peacemaking.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Bill Clinton, Democrats, Joseph Biden

As Hamas’s Power Collapses, Old Feuds Are Resurfacing

In May, Mahmoud Nashabat, a high-ranking military figure in the Fatah party (which controls the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority), was gunned down in central Gaza. Nashabat was an officer in the Gaza wing of the Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, a terrorist outfit that served as Fatah’s vanguard during the second intifada, and now sometimes collaborates with Hamas. But his killers were Hamas members, and he was one of at least 35 Palestinians murdered in Gaza in the past two months as various terrorist and criminal groups go about settling old scores, some of which date back to the 1980s. Einav Halabi writes:

Security sources familiar with the situation told the London-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat that Gaza is now also beleaguered by the resurgence of old conflicts. “Many people have been killed in incidents related to the first intifada in 1987, while others have died in family disputes,” they said.

The “first-intifada portfolio” in Gaza is considered complex and convoluted, as it is filled with hatred among residents who accuse others of killing relatives for various reasons, including collaboration with Israel. . . . According to reports from Gaza, there are vigorous efforts on the ground to contain these developments, but the chances of success remain unclear. Hamas, for its part, is trying to project governance and control, recently releasing several videos showcasing how its operatives brutally beat residents accused of looting.

These incidents, gruesome as they are, suggest that Hamas’s control over the territory is slipping, and it no longer holds a monopoly on violence or commands the fear necessary to keep the population in line. The murders and beatings also dimension the grim reality that would ensue if the war ends precipitously: a re-empowered Hamas setting about getting vengeance on its enemies and reimposing its reign of terror.

Read more at Ynet

More about: Fatah, Gaza War 2023, Hamas