The Intellectual Perversity of Caroline B. Glick of the Jerusalem Post

Israeli historian Benny Morris: “A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians. Therefore it was necessary to uproot them. There was no choice but to expel that population."

"Practical reason? What practical reason?"

“Practical reason? What practical reason?”

…by Jonas E. Alexis


If you happen to read an article by Caroline B. Glick of the Jerusalem Post and it does not produce at least five categorical lies, then it probably was not written by Glick herself.

I had a short interaction with Glick back in 2012. I had previously read her assessment of John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt’s The Israel Lobby, which she says is an “updated version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion”![1] Having read The Israel Lobby myself, I was completely shocked about Glick’s promiscuous statement. I said to myself then,

“A human intellect couldn’t have sunk that low. If a person happens to fall in that irrational trap, then logical arguments and incontrovertible facts are no longer the main issue. It is ideology. That person has already pledged allegiance to a metaphysical worldview which cannot be deconstructed by practical reason and simple logic.”

I then took the next step: I contacted Glick herself to understand her position. Since she irresponsibly argued that The Israel Lobby is ipso facto anti-Semitic, I decided to challenge that very premise at a different angle. I asked: “If an American criticizes the U.S. government or Americans, is she by definition anti-American?”

Glick, who didn’t seem to realize that a yes or no answer would lead her to her own intellectual death, quickly responded: “No.” To which I said,

“Then how can you intellectually say that Mearsheimer and Walt’s book is anti-Semitic?[2] You mean to tell me that Israel is above criticism? How can you seriously say that the book is a reformulation of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Can you defend this thesis from statements in the book itself?”

That’s not all. Glick even moved on to say that by writing The Israel Lobby, Mearsheimer and Walt “side either actively or passively” with, among other regimes, “the Sunni jihadists from Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood who openly call for the annihilation of the Jewish state and the Jewish people.”[3]

To this very day, Glick never responded to my questions. Why? Because she does not want to live by practical reason. Whenever metaphysical Logos is not the intended goal in the moral and political sphere, then one will inexorably fall into the categories of Talmudic mores, which always promise heaven on earth but deliver something completely different. Talmudic mores and disputations give us Zionism and the Neoconservative/Neo-Bolshevik ideology, and this is why Glick is intellectually dishonest and lost. 

Glick has been consistently dishonest. In her book The Israeli Solution, she frequently cites Israeli historian Benny Morris in her own favor, but she never recounts that Morris himself admitted that genocidal crimes have been committed by the Israelis from 1948 and beyond![4] For example, in his book 1948: The First Arab-Israeli War, Morris quotes Yitzhak Levy, saying,

“The conquest of the village was carried out with great cruelty. Whole families—women, old people, children—were killed….Some of the prisoners moved to places of detention, including women and children, were murdered viciously by their captors….

“IZL troops had ‘raped a number of girls and murdered them afterwards…’ The IZL and LHI troopers systematically pillaged the village and stripped the inhabitants of jewelry and money. Altogether, 100-120 villages (including combatants) died that day…Most of the villages either fled or were trucked through West Jerusalem and dumped at Musrara, outside the Old City walls.”[5]

Morris documents on page after page in his books—including the one that Glick has used throughout The Israeli Solution (Righteous Victims)—that there was a form of ethnic cleansing in 1948. Morris says elsewhere that

“A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians. Therefore it was necessary to uproot them. There was no choice but to expel that population.

“It was necessary to cleanse the hinterland and cleanse the border areas and cleanse the main roads. It was necessary to cleanse the villages from which our convoys and our settlements were fired on.”[6]

Would Glick cite Morris in that context any time soon? The answer is no.

So, the next time you pick up an article by Glick, watch out. Check it out against primary sources, and the answer may surprise you.

Glick has recently insinuated that Donald Trump is “the most anti-Israel candidate running for the Republican presidential nomination.”[7] Glick is also unhappy because there seems to be a shift among evangelical Christians, and more and more of them are embracing, in Glick’s words, replacement theology. In order to build her case, she again has to lie:

“According to current replacement theology, Jesus was not a Jew. He was a Palestinian. The Jews are not a people. They have no rights to the land of Israel.”[8]

What kind of material has this woman been reading? First of all, she does not even tell her readers that Trump has openly declared that he is supportive of Benjamin Netanyahu.[9] But the Glick’s bold lie is that replacement theology teaches that Jesus was not a Jew. She moves on to complicate things by saying that replacement theology says that “Jews are not a people.”

Is Glick talking about Brother Nathanael Kappner? Gilad Atzmon? Norman Finkelstein? John J. Mearsheimer? Mortimer Adler? Nicholas Donin? Henry Makow? Shmuel Oswald Rufeisen? Our late friend and colleague Roi Tov? Who has the right to define a Jew?

You see, these vital issues are inexplicable from Glick’s own position precisely because Glick has ontologically declared that those “Jews” are anti-Semites because they have responded to Logos in one way or another.

So, the real racist and anti-Semite in this discussion is Glick, who has never stopped mischaracterizing the position of people she does not like. More evidence?

In the summer of 2012, a number of European doctors began to question circumcision. Glick quickly walked on the political podium and declared that these doctors had succumbed to a “European fetish” and were “keeping company with anti-Semites.”[10]

There is no way you can reason with a person like that precisely because her ideology is not based on reason at all. Fortunately, many evangelical/Zionist Christians are starting to wake up, and this gets Glick really upset. Perhaps she needs to get a copy of Hegel’s Lecture on the Philosophy of History and see what happens at the end of the tunnel.

[1] Caroline B. Glick, “Around the world, anti-Semitism is now mainstream,” Jewish World Review, January 20, 2012.

[2] See for example Caroline B. Glick, “Mainstream Anti-Semitism,” Jerusalem Post, January 19, 2012.

[3] Caroline Glick, “Harvard, Jew Haters, Motherhood and Israel,” FrontPage Magazine, February 21, 2012.

[4] See for example Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987).

[5]  Benny Morris, 1948: The First Arab-Israeli War (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), 127.

[6] Ari Shavit, “Survival of the Fittest?: Interview with Benny Morris,” Counter Punch, January 16, 2004.

[7] Caroline Glick, “The Subversion of American Evangelicals,” FrontPage Magazine, March 9, 2016.

[8] Ibid.

[9] “Trump to Israeli paper: I’m your biggest friend,” Times of Israel, February 26, 2016.

[10] Caroline C. Glick, “Israel Faces a Cynical World,” Jerusalem Post, August 23, 2012.

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5 Responses to "The Intellectual Perversity of Caroline B. Glick of the Jerusalem Post"

  1. jonnbrown  March 10, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Circumcision was not really done for hygienic reasons. Here is the Bible’s first reference – Genesis 17: 9 “And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. 10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.”

    And circumcision does not create psychos. Psychos are of the carnal mind. Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”

  2. Ramirez  March 10, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Another V. good article Mr Alexis, keep up the good work man.

  3. Well Aware  March 10, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I find Norman Finkelstein’s lectures very satisfying, and often listen to them on youtube while driving(iPhone)
    He dismantles so many lies, exposing all the hidden agendas and continues to do so. “Looney Tune State” as he puts it. These monsters really hate him-
    I still consider it fundamental to read Douglas Reed’s book “The Controversy of Zion” to really get a grasp on the insanity. And to think how long it took for that book to get published(!)
    Amazing how many decades back and forth from Russia to London until they got what they wanted. With pretty much all the Prime Ministers in their hands, the last barriers mowed down with bullets and assassinations-
    How is the creation of Israel taught in schools? I should ask my friends what their kids are “learning”.
    When I was about 14 I started questioning on my own through pure curiosity what really happened in Germany/WWII. If more people knew what happened in 1948 and how these “defenseless victims” as portrayed did in the most cruel way-oh yeah, they did it in Russia to begin with, creating the “Soviet Union” in 1917!
    It’s never ending-
    As a side note, how nice it’s been to see Bernie Sanders smoke that living piece of human excrement Henry Kissinger-

  4. Snoop Dough  March 10, 2016 at 9:57 am

    The moral contradiction is a hard pill to swallow, morality and immorality sure don’t meet, just as light and darkness sure don’t meet!

  5. davor  March 10, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Unfortunately the uprooting is not exclusive Israel’s policy, for example the American state wood not come into existence without uprooting millions of natives, as well as Australia. The problem is with the international platform that legalizes uprooting (London) and covers for it economically and judicially, and that has given its absolutely illegal “Palestinian mandate” as a gift to Jewish people, who were much unaware of it throughout the world. Majority of them were pushed there to much of their own confusion. Also as a UN extension policy. UN is a contradictory organization in itself, it does not apply the rules they set for member states and then criticize Israel for something they are not achieving themselves every day on a judicial level.
    As for Christ, well that is the essential crusaders doctrine of the ownership rights on his background to justify stealing of properties and earthly riches (the meek that shall inherit) but of course that decent Jews and decent Christians are more than aware of His background. Their reassurances however could be from time to time challenged by the chief rabbis and high priests that bow to crusaders doctrine. The same kind of pharisees clergy that was a major part of Sanhedrin (but also of Christianity hierarchy today)

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