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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Trump's Steve Bannon and Israel's Netanyahu

By Rick Pearcey • November 16, 2016, 02:53 PM

As media land finds itself in the midst of a meltdown over the naming of Steve Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor to Donald Trump, perhaps we would do well to consider video remarks from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Trump on the occasion of the president-elect's stunning November 8 election victory.

As this video documents, Netanyahu warmly congratulated Trump on being elected to the highest office in the land. Netanyahu said:

President-Elect Trump, my friend, congratulations on being elected president of the United States of America.

You are a great friend of Israel. Over the years you have expressed your support consistently, and I deeply appreciate it. I look forward to working with you to advance security, prosperity, and peace.

Israel is greatful for the broad support it enjoys among the American people. And I am confident that the two of us, working closely together, will bring the great alliance between our two countries to even greater heights.

May God bless America, may God bless Israel, may God bless our enduring alliance.

This statement comes to us in the midst of accusations -- echoed near and far -- that Steven Bannon is a "white nationalist" and anti-Semite -- accusations that have been countered here, here, here, and no doubt elsewhere.

The point here is to note that the Prime Minister of Israel likely has the best interests of his country at heart, no doubt has been aware of Bannon's strategic role in the Trump victory, and yet in Netanyahu's statement of congratulations to Donald Trump, the prime minister is clearly thrilled at the prospect of Trump as president.

In both tone and content, there is nothing in Netanyahu's statement that suggests any concern whatsoever about about Steve Bannon or white nationalism or anti-Semitism. Netanyahu seems thrilled -- dare say, existentially relieved -- he'll be dealing with Trump (and not with Hillary Clinton).

I expect many more meltdowns. The dysfunctional, post-Constitutional establishment (both Democrat and Republican) does not and will not like having its power over people, and its comforting delusions for themselves, stripped away by everyday Americans.

In present and future circumstances, I recommend we make sure to listen with a grain of salt when the Reactionary National Media try throwing "information" our way. They chose sides, and they lost. And now it seems they're doing everything they can to win it back.

They and their mental slaves may never realize what hit them. That is very unfortunate.