Even while Israeli children were being murdered by terrorists, the only thing the media wanted to talk about were the leftist protests against the new Israeli government’s democratic judicial reforms. And the Biden administration has joined this campaign attacking the move.
Israel’s new conservative government under Prime Minister Netanyahu has finally initiated the long overdue process of restoring democratic checks and balances by limiting the unlimited power of Israel’s Supreme Court. And the Left has threatened everything up to civil war to protect its illegitimate power while its angry protests have been spun as grassroots opposition.
What none of the news reports, editorials, public letters by prominent figures or statements by officials have revealed is that the Biden administration is funding the group behind the protests.
As David Isaac at JNS reported, the first major rally against democratic judicial reform attended by leftist opposition politicians was organized by a group known as the Movement for Quality Government. MQG receives annual funding from the State Department to purportedly conduct “classes” on democracy in Israeli schools. The State Department is well aware that MQG has a long history of waging lawfare against the Israeli government because its work has been cited in its “human rights” reports. While State Department funding was not programmed for protests, money is fungible and the Biden administration knows it’s funding an anti-Netanyahu group.
“The speakers at the rallies stand under the MQG banner when they call for insurgency, civil war and violence,” prominent Israeli journalist Caroline Glick wrote. “No one is asking the organizers who finances their activities. Someone is paying tens of millions of shekels to rent buses to transport scores of thousands of people to rallies, buy them flags, print banners and signs, rent stages and sound systems, and finance ad campaigns in every newspaper and on billboards across the country.”
MQG’s obsession with stopping the return of a Zionist government was so extreme that it generated a FARA registration by hiring a Washington D.C. law firm to for the “initiation of investigation of by one or more US government agencies” to look into ridiculous leftist smears that Netanyahu was having his laundry washed for free by the Trump administration.
(This may seem surreal, but the Israeli Left’s Netanyahu Derangement Syndrome is so extreme that one of its fake government investigations focused on his wife’s bottle recycling. The fake scandals invented by the Left were even referenced in a hilarious Netanyahu campaign ad.)
The Biden administration’s funding of MQG (a practice which technically began in 2020 under Trump, the year when the FARA registration happened) continued even as the group amped up its lawfare. The Obama administration had helped back the 2011 social justice protests in Israel, in which MQG was involved, that were widely seen as a rehearsal for Occupy Wall Street.
But MQG is a lot more than just an opposition group and its presence pulls back the curtain on the struggle to restore democracy and the motives of those opposed to it in Tel Aviv and D.C.
A leading criticism of the abusive power of the Israeli Supreme Court is that it hears cases based on lawsuits from groups like MQG without any standing. This has allowed the Court, which recognizes no limitations on its powers, to intervene in anything. Once MQG generates a case, the Supreme Court can then step in. MQG is not just an opposition group, it’s a key piece of the illegitimate infrastructure that has replaced democracy with a totalitarian judiciary.
An example of the authoritarian intertwining of MQG and the Supreme Court came when the leftist group filed a petition demanding the removal of the head of the Israeli Bar Association because of “his criticisms of the court.” If MQG opposes even any criticisms of the source of its power, it certainly is not about to accept democratic efforts to return that power to the people.
“From the Knesset I don’t expect anything,” Eliad Shraga, MQG’s boss, said dismissively of the democratically elected legislature at a protest against judicial reform. “The only help will come from the heroes in the Supreme Court.”
The Israeli Supreme Court gets its ability to intervene in any matter from MQG. And MQG gets funding from the Biden administration. It’s not hard to see why the Biden administration is opposed to democratic reforms that would impose checks on the power of MQG and the Court. Much as American leftists have opposed forcing NGOs like it to disclose sources of foreign funding. And it’s a good thing because otherwise we might not know who pulls their strings.
Israelis have long been concerned about the ability of foreign organizations, like those funded by Soros and foreign governments, to set the agenda no matter what the voters decide.
Democratic judicial reform is crucial to ending those abuses and that’s why Biden is so opposed.
While the Biden administration has often criticized Israel over its fight against Islamic terrorists, it took the unusual step of intervening in its domestic politics by attacking judicial reform.
Biden warned that Israeli democracy requires “checks and balances” from “an independent judiciary” and urged “building consensus for fundamental changes”.
During his recent visit to Israel, Secretary of State Blinken met with Isaac Herzog, a former leftist candidate currently serving as president, to bond over their mutual hate for democracy.
Blinken replied to Herzog’s urging to intervene by praising, “the clarity of your voice when it comes to finding a good way forward that builds consensus on the question of judicial reform.”
The rhetoric was part of a leftist push to kill judicial reform by taking it away from the parties chosen by the voters and handing it to Herzog: another unelected official. The Biden administration, the media and assorted officials claim that turning over judicial reform to Herzog will be a compromise that will provide a unifying consensus and end the protests.
“They want to destroy the system because the system wasn’t nice to them,” Shraga had ranted to the Washington Post while attacking judicial reform. “This is a hostile takeover by a bunch of crooks.”
A hostile takeover of Israel by a bunch of crooks is what judicial reform opponents are after.
Blinken and Herzog would have some potential common ground dating back to the Clinton administration. Before Herzog was the Labor Party’s candidate to run Israel, he was serving as Marc Rich’s lawyer. The international fugitive lobbied for a pardon from Bill Clinton through Herzog who met with at least one State Department figure. It’s not hard to imagine Herzog and Blinken conferring over a deal for the criminal who violated the embargo to buy oil from Iran.
Now that’s some real dirty laundry.
Herzog, who collected leftist scumbag criminals, also worked for another international fugitive, Octav Botnar. Herzog served as the trustee for Botnar’s estate while millions were funneled through it to fund anti-Netanyahu ads by an associate of top Democrat campaign pros like James Carville. Good thing there was that investigation of Netanyahu’s ice cream budget.
Why does the Biden administration want Marc Rich’s errand boy to oversee judicial reform?
There’s a long trail of corrupt connections between America’s Left and Israel’s Left rooted in the Clinton era. This “hostile takeover by a bunch of crooks” has wrecked both countries. And now the crooks are afraid, they’re sweating and screaming in the streets, they’re paying formerly respectable people to pen editorials attacking judicial reform, and some people are falling for it.
Everything that they’re saying is the opposite of the truth.
Judicial reform is not a threat to democracy: it’s the sole hope for restoring democracy. It would not usher in tyranny, but eliminate it. And the protest movement against it is every bit as authentic as the last astroturfed protests that were also meant to force out Netanyahu.
The Biden administration, like the Obama administration, is trying to undermine Israeli democracy while preserving the power of its leftist allies to impose their coup.
Algorithmic Analyst says
Professional leftist activists, masquerading as part of a popular movement.
David Gin says
Wow Daniel I knew things in Israel were bad, just not this bad.
Thanks for using that word “astroturf” I am old enough to remember when the word and its concept was first used.
How quaint my shock at that time seems now.
Now that everything we are told is fake and faked. They moved from fake turf protests to full sized 3-Dimensional Hollywood movie productions complete with pre written dialogue and identified villains (us) delivered to the public as real events. .
Algorithmic Analyst says
Thanks Cat, well said.
Steven Brizel says
Obama Biden and the secular American Jewish organizations hate an Israeli government that views fighting terror and reigning in an out of control judiciary which is a self perpetuating Jim Crow Court that serves and protects the interests of the secular Ashkenazi elite
Bingo. And the Biden admin. wouldn’t care about this issue were not for those leftist Ashkenazim.
A coup in Israel backed by the Biden Admin.
Who should be surprised. We have been witness to a slow motion coup in this country courtesy of the Obama Administration, the Deep State and the Obama holdovers in the Jose Dementio admin.
Since they can’t really govern at all coups are simply what they do.
The legislation is meant to undo the previous hostile takeover of Israeli government by a bunch of judges and their associates.
Looking at the BIG picture one of the reasons for Biden to have a wokist government in Israel is so it would
send arms to Ukraine.The war is over but Biden and friends still think they can effect a regime change in RUSSIA, then Russia would cut OFF oil and gas to China,
that would destroy CHINA’s economy. That would GUARANTEE the triumph of the New World Order-Great Reset of Soros,Schwab,etc.
UNLESS Trump has a popularity of 90% among all voters,the 2024 election will be another FRAUD.
He can get if he were to non-stop call for peace,but he won’t. As far as I know,he has said nothing in support of the ANTIWAR protest to prevent a NUCLEAR war ( 10,000 people ) held
a few days ago in MUNICH ( where Western leaders had gone for a meeting). The same for DE SANTIS ,he will not win, since he acts like Trump.
The democrat party seeks to undermine Israel, along with the United States.
They’ve already undermined the US. That party should have been outlawed in 1865 and its leaders and followers executed.
Tex the Mockingbird says
America has a real problem its called Joe Biden
The concept of democracy seems to have become, in today’s lingo, fluid. For example: If I made an outline of concepts in America, democracy would be a major heading and Jews ( I prefer Bnei Yisrael) would be one of many subsets.
But if I made an outline of concepts in Israel (I prefer Eretz Bnei Yisrael), Torah would be a major heading and democracy would be a subset. But, of course, there is no Hebrew word equivalent for democracy per se. Being a Greek word, democracy is post-Hebrew and is preceded by the Torah’s teachings that define thought and action in Divinely ethical and moral terms. We just reread parshat Mishpatim last week (…because you were strangers in Egypt) and Yitro the week before ( the Ten Commandments of the 613).
As you say, those pushing this anything-but-democracy agenda want to destroy us, finally, finally, finally …..or so they think.
Well, Purim is coming. We will sing the words of Isaiah: They may scheme and plot against us, but to no avail, for God is with us.