An Unholy Alliance
Date Written: 2017-03-27
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20528
Fleischmann looks at the reasons behind the unlikely alliance that has formed between Trump, the alt-right, and Israel, who have based their support for each other around shared enemies.
Capitalism is a flurry of contradictions, and one of its strangest is the burgeoning alliance between the antisemitic forces of the "alt-right" and Israeli settlers.
This alliance is not exactly new. For some time, the far-right parties of Europe have been outspoken in their support of Israel, all while courting hardline nationalists who often hold racist and antisemitic views. Even in the United States, this alliance has been around for a while. In the 1970s, Richard Nixon -- a severe antisemite -- provided significant financial and military support for Israel, allowing the country to prevail in the Yom Kippur War.
What is different now, however, is how closely the two are working together -- and how willing the Israeli right has been in embracing these unlikely bedfellows.