Why Netanyahu Hates George Soros So Much

George Soros has become the main talking point ahead of the Israeli prime minister’s visit to Hungary, something Sheldon Adelson will be fully aware of

A pair of evil criminal bastards: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Sheldon Adelson at an event at a university in Israel

[Editor’s note: I know this is going to upset a few people, but it bears re-iterating yet again – George Soros is not a Zionist, quite the opposite he is their worst enemy.

For not the first time, I am going to explain the basics of Jewish politics, not least because I continue to be both dismayed and annoyed by the lack of sophistication in the thinking of many, including other writers who should know better but continually fail to think beyond the trite Jews = evil.

The Jews are very far from a unified group and this is most obviously reflected in their politics; there is a major split between left and right, with the left being liberal and favouring a diaspora and the right being Zionist and staunchly supporting Israel. In US politics, this plays out as the liberal left supporting the Democrats and the Zionist right supporting the Republicans.

The two sides hate each other and are constantly battling and scheming against each other, which is an undercurrent that lies behind many world events.

Soros is a liberal leftist, hence he has been a staunch supporter of Obama and the Clintons and a bitter opponent of Israel.

Netanyahu and Adelson are both right wing Zionists, therefore they hate Soros and everything he stands for.

Haaretz is a left-wing publication, therefore it’s reporting on the current Soros vs Netanyahu, Adelson & Orban kerfuffle is rather more balanced and fair than the usual anti-Soros rhetoric we are so familiar with from the Zionist controlled media. Ian]

Why Netanyahu Hates George Soros So Much

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán surely believed the run-up to their July 18 meeting in Budapest would be smooth sailing when they first announced it.

After all, they have a lot in common and much to bond over. Both leaders position themselves in the center right, but over the years have had to lurch rightward to consolidate their hold on power, in the face of challenges from more extreme political parties.

Their get-together, planned last December, was expected to be a refreshing change from lectures by Western counterparts over their policies – in Israel’s case, over the Palestinians and settlements; in Hungary’s, its harsh immigration policy and its troubling xenophobic tone, and harsh crackdown on political dissent.

Now, like an unwelcome guest, George Soros has ruined their party planning.

Hungarian government poster portraying financier George Soros and saying “Let’s not let George Soros have the last laugh” is seen at a subway station in Budapest, July 11, 2017.

Instead of a harmonious lead-up to the first visit of a sitting Israeli prime minister to Hungary since the end of communism in 1989, Netanyahu’s upcoming trip has been marred by controversy.

The fuss centers on Orbán’s new and intense political campaign vilifying the Jewish billionaire – one that Hungarian Jews say has stirred up anti-Semitism in Hungary to such an extent that they implored Israeli leaders to speak out against it.

Netanyahu may see himself as the leader of the Jewish people, but there are some Jews he is decidedly unenthusiastic about representing. And Soros probably tops that list.

Soros was the 19th richest person in the world last year according to Forbes, reportedly worth more than $25 billion. He was born György Schwartz, to an upper-middle class Jewish family in Budapest in 1930. In 1944, when the Nazis occupied Hungary, the Soroses – who changed their name to avoid detection as Jews – escaped the mass deportation and murder of over half a million of their brethren by obtaining false papers that allowed them to pose as Christians. After the war ended, Soros left Hungary for England and the United States, where he became one of the world’s most successful strategic investors.

The Hungarian government poster portraying financier George Soros and saying “Let’s not let George Soros have the last laugh” is seen in the street in Budapest, July 11, 2017.

He is also a deep-pocketed philanthropist, aiming his donations – and substantial political campaign contributions – in a progressive political direction. His Open Society Foundations has the mandate of advancing “justice, education, public health, business development and independent media,” and he has given away billions to pro-democracy organizations, dissident groups in repressive regimes, supported education through scholarships and support for university, anti-poverty causes and decriminalization of marijuana in the United States.

Soros has been lionized by the left and vilified by the right worldwide; one side of the political map viewing his work as progress toward a more free and just world, the other – particularly on its extreme fringes – viewing him as running a devious, even satanic, effort to create a new world order.

He is a favorite bogeyman of the political right, not only in Europe but also the United States. He featured in the closing ad of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, his face appearing amid accusations that “a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.” According to the ad, which was criticized for striking an anti-Semitic tone, Trump was the only thing standing between this greedy cabal and innocent American citizens.

But Trump’s political messaging was a single shot compared to the barrage Orbán has launched against Soros in recent weeks. One can’t walk down a street in the Hungarian capital without encountering his face. Billboard after billboard features a picture of Soros laughing, captioned, “Let’s not let Soros have the last laugh,” underneath a headline reading “99 percent reject illegal immigration.”

Concerned by reports from Hungarian Jews that the posters were sparking an uptick in anti-Semitism, Israel’s ambassador to Hungary, Yossi Amrani, issued an extraordinarily sharp statement last weekend. In it, he called on Orbán and his Fidesz party to remove posters hung throughout the country that criticized Soros, saying it was fueling anti-Semitism.

“The campaign not only evokes sad memories but also sows hatred and fear,” the statement said. “It’s our moral responsibility to raise a voice and call on the relevant authorities to exert their power and put an end to this cycle.”

The statement was too much for Netanyahu. On his orders, the statement was “clarified,” to emphasize that while the condemnation of anti-Semitism remained, “in no way was the statement meant to delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.”

Ultimately, Orbán’s desire for a successful Netanyahu visit resulted in the announcement Wednesday that he would end the poster campaign. By the time the Israeli prime minister arrives, he promised, Soros’ face would be off the streets of Hungary.

Rhetoric becomes action

Orbán has found Soros a useful foil in a political effort to keep his supporters from drifting further right to the overtly anti-Semitic Jobbik party, portraying the Jewish billionaire as an evil and dangerous security threat who, if unchecked, would flood Hungary and the rest of Europe with non-Europeans and non-Christians.

In recent months, Orbán has turned his rhetoric into action, aggressively attacking the nonprofit and civil society institutions that Soros supports. In April, his government passed a law aimed at undermining Central European University, which was founded by Soros in Budapest, in 1991, and where some 1,400 students from around the world study. But Orbán views it as a hotbed of dissent, and his law could force the institution to close or move. The law drew condemnation from the United States and the European Union.

Then, last month, Orbán’s government passed another law restricting nongovernmental organizations that receive foreign funding. The law requires groups receiving more than $26,000 in overseas funding to register as “foreign-supported” and disclose their foreign donors.

This legislation resembles a 2012 law passed in Russia that requires NGOs receiving foreign funding to register as “foreign agents,” and is also aimed at Soros. (Two Soros groups – the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation – were already declared “undesirable” and banned from Russia by President Vladimir Putin’s government in 2015 for being a state security “threat.”)

One of the reasons it goes against Netanyahu’s grain to criticize Orbán for attacking Soros is that he can certainly understand the Hungarian’s desire to strike out at Soros-backed NGOs that undermine him politically.

In 2013, a right-wing watchdog group, NGO Monitor, issued a monograph called “Bad Investment,” which aimed at detailing “how Soros-funded groups increase tensions in a troubled region.” It listed what it called “problematic” Israeli groups, including Gisha, Breaking the Silence and legal rights group Adala.

In August 2016, a leak of hacked documents from the Open Society Foundations included emails discussing a strategy of  “challenging Israel’s racist and antidemocratic policies” in international forums.

Soros has been a supporter of J Street since the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization was founded as an effort to counteract AIPAC’s influence, lobbying the White House and Capitol Hill to push for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.

He also supports Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International – groups that regularly chastise and criticize Israeli policies.

Most of the groups supported by Soros have been the targets of Netanyahu’s NGO law, passed a year ago, which mandates special reporting requirements for organizations that get most of their funding from foreign governments.

Israel and Hungary’s NGO laws may both target groups that Soros supports, but they differ in a key regard. The Israeli law specifically cracks down on donations from foreign governments – not individual foreigners or their foundations.

But in the midst of the controversy over Hungary, one member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, Miki Zohar, said he plans to introduce an Israeli “Soros law,” in which “any person donating to organizations acting against Israel will not be allowed to donate to any organization or nonprofit association in Israel.”

Such a law would close a loophole for the Israeli right. It could try to stop donors like Soros without harming the millions that flow into right-wing NGOs and charities in Israel from individual foreign supporters – billionaire casino mogul and mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, for example.

In addition to Netanyahu’s desire to placate Orbán on the eve of their meeting, and his loathing for the Israeli groups that Open Society supports, Adelson is a key reason why the Israeli premier is positioning himself as part of the Soros-hating club.

Netanyahu’s patron styles himself as a counterweight to Soros – particularly when it comes to the American political arena, where his tens of millions of dollars flow to Republicans who battle it out with Soros-supported candidates, most bitterly and dramatically in 2016.

At a time when Adelson is rumored to be drifting away from his previously rock-solid support for Netanyahu and casting his eye rightward to Naftali Bennett, Israel’s prime minister has a strong interest in showing that he is Adelson’s ally – and, therefore, Soros’ enemy.

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31 Responses to "Why Netanyahu Hates George Soros So Much"

  1. Chris Paul  July 15, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    I think that it is best to stick to the term “WW2 Jewish Genocide” – even David Irving has revised his Revisionist History to allow that in Eastern Poland at places like Treblinka the Jewish People murdered runs into seven figures. However, he does say that the Efficient Germans brought victims in buses and shot them into pre-prepared trenches. The term “Holocaust” means “Burnt Offering” and is somewhat Apocraphyl, having been used along with the Kabbalistic number Six Million many times over the centuries. So it is accurate to say that “Holocaust” is a misnomer for the WW2 Jewish Genocide. The Germans simply did not have enough combustible material to burn six million bodies. It is also true to say that the Jewish WW2 Genocide has been publicised out of all proportion to numerous other genocides over the centuries and the list is enormous. To name a few: Ukraine under Bolsheviks 20c, Ireland under Gt Britain 19c, Belgium Congo 19c, Calcutta 1943, Armenia 1916 likely done by the same people as in the Ukraine operating out of Odessa, and so on and so on and so on – the whole history of European Colonisation including the USA West and Russian Siberia in the 19c. Most of these genocides appear to have been greater than that suffered by European Jews under the Nazis.

    • Ian Greenhalgh, Managing Editor  July 16, 2017 at 12:07 am

      Well said Chris, I fully agree with you. Norman Finkelstein’s book ‘The Holocaust Industry’ does a good job of exposing how the mythos was built and exploited.

  2. Amelius  July 15, 2017 at 6:42 am

    “when the Nazis occupied Hungary, the Soroses – who changed their name to avoid detection as Jews – escaped the mass deportation and murder of over half a million of their brethren by obtaining false papers that allowed them to pose as Christians”

    Don’t forget the fact that he sold out his own people to the Nazi’s and admitted publicly that he has no regrets about it. People like Soro’s, Adelson, Netanyahu, Rothschild’s, the bolsheviks, etc – fuel the flames of what is erroneously referred to as “anti-semitism”. That libelous accusation is their greatest weapon. Millions of hard working, Middle class people around the world do not take kindly to ugly old toads throwing their ill-gotten gains around to influence government policy towards their own interests, which are usually diametrically opposed to the interests of the rest of country. Criticism and resentment is perfectly understandable and should be expected.

    • Amelius  July 15, 2017 at 6:43 am

      “and he has given away billions to pro-democracy organizations,”

      What’s the criteria for determining a “pro-democracy organization”? All I can think of is how Murcia established their brand of “democracy” all over the Middle East, South America, Eastern Europe, etc..By way of illegal invasion, support for brutal terrorist armies and innocent bloodshed. Hell, this article is from Harretz and clearly Israel’s idea of democracy would be better defined as Marxism.

      “Given away billions to dissident groups in repressive regimes,”

      What, like al Qaeda in places like Syria, where the US suggests the worlds most popular leader amongst his people is an oppressive dictator? And groups like Black Lives Matter?

      “Supported education through scholarships and support for universities.”

      Why, so he can indoctrinate the next generation to follow in his footsteps?

      Sorry, but I’m not buying the idea that Soros isn’t such a bad guy

  3. joetv  July 14, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Juncker and Merkel demand Israel accept 2 million scwartza refugees by the end of this year. Or no more kishka for Benjewman.

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  July 14, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      Joe: Schwartze (Blacks)? What about Lox & Bagels? … ‘Say it ain’t so, Joe!’

      Been-Jammin’ gets his Kishka from your boy Trump — or maybe it’s vice versa. 😉 .

      But yes, Merkel is rejecting your boy Trump & his Muslim Ban. Is that OK?

      Kill them all; Kill them all now! Right? Let’s see how this plays out…

      For now, pass the popcorn… and the Lox & Bagels, OK?

    • kaho  July 15, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      New word for me : кишка.
      Dictionary says East European sausage e.g. Ukraine.
      A big tragedy all this back and forth with Judealand vs. Palestine.
      Did the British really think they did so well with all these colonies?
      In 45 India preferred to get rid of its British overlords.
      What if Britain had not developed into a colonial power?
      Then it is not unthinkable that some other nation might have stepped into the same role, is it not?

  4. joetv  July 14, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I think Sarah is doing more with the wine bottles than returning them. She has favorites too. 1.5L Yaow!

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  July 14, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Joe: Yao? Actually, it’s 1.5L Yao Ming Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)… Mine too. 😉 .

      Butt Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ favorite ‘whine’ is ‘Hillary did it!’ Or ‘I wanna go to Miami!’

  5. joetv  July 14, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    The answer may be simple jealousy. Bennie and Sarah are common schleps, used to hawking rags and furniture. Now, Soros he’s been a billionaire for a long time. Made hus loot in the time honored Jealous way. No labor only used loop holes in bank laws, and inside info etc. Benny N. can put on a $40,000 suit tailored in London, and he will still look like a schmatta salesman. Greasy hair, sweaty palms. Vaats to like about tis guy? He’s a dupa, and his wife Sarah suczka.

  6. Chris Paul  July 14, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    The old left right dialectic is a false construct, like so much else in this world. Conservative means to hold and Liberalism means to free up or change i.e. to operate without restraint. So within the Jewish Tradition you have Conservative Torah following people and Law Twisting Babylonian Talmudic people, the latter holding sway with a somewhat beggar thy neighbour attitude and given over to the Jewish Revolutionary Spirit. The Torah represents a tradition of laws that probably goes deep into the history of Humanity and probably came out of Africa with early Human Persons. Like any Law, Criminal Elements believe that “laws are made to be broken” and lawyers twist laws by developing essentially Criminal Catechisms like the Babylonian Talmud.In a society where some people follow a code based on Morality with Good and Evil, yet others follow Custom based on Pleasure and Pain – then obviously one side is going to suffer. Social Neo-Liberalism (Soros) and Fiscal Neo-Liberalism (Addelson/Rothschild) are both based on the latter system. Zionism is effectively a Military Organisation to control the Cross Roads of the World island – sponsored by the perennial suspects for mercenary militarism, the Usurers. I took the trouble to check with a good source and the latter are not all Jews, but rather “a big bowl of spaghetti out of the Middle East”. Israel is the Universal Christian Church in empathy with Torah Loving Jewish Human Persons.

  7. Eddie Herbert  July 14, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Have you never heard of “Good Cop, Bad Cop” ?! Soros’ games are becoming so linked to Jews/Israel they want to s=distance themselves …… but they are NOT doing anything about him ….
    Did George Soros disclose his Nazi collaboration on his immigration papers?
    I guarantee he did NOT, because he would not have been admitted.
    Therefore he LIED on his immigration forms and his “admittance” to America is NULL & VOID.
    Deport Soros & his SPAWN to their native Hungary (which has an arrest warrant for WWII out on him).
    Not one more PEEP about the holoCOST —— ALL the Soros Family money should be forfeit ….. it was founded on money stolen from Jewish victims of the Holocaust and should ALL be handed over as reparations ———— Or was there NO holocaust?! There was NO holocaust — if there had been Israel & Jews everywhere would be DEMANDING George Soros be HANGED. Soros’ multi $BILLION fortune was started on supposedly stolen Jewish property, and yet NOT A PEEP out of Israel?! Why are janitors and clerks persecuted but Soros walks free and BRAGS about it!? FUNNY there are no Israeli demands Soros’ money be turned over to holocaust survivors? !

    • Ian Greenhalgh, Managing Editor  July 14, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      This is precisely the sort of unsophisticated thinking I was railing against. To say there was no Holocaust is beyond stupid, the fact that a lot of Jews lied about it and exaggerated their tales does not mean there was no systematic and organised killing of Jews in WW2. Go read about Operation Reinhard, the Einsatzgruppen, the Hoffler decode and the Korherr report then you might have a clue.

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  July 14, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Tut-Tut, Ian! That’s a little harsh on Eddie, don’t you think? Eddie is (probably) not a decision maker or in the clandestine community. So, Eddie has no clue. Please do NOT try to confuse Eddie with the facts. 😉 .

  8. Detlef Reimers  July 14, 2017 at 6:03 am

    As you do, I also regularly read Haaretz, Isrel Times and some more specific papers from Israel. In your intro you lamented about the bad undestanding of many people that are also keen enough to call them political analysts themselves. So far, right!

    Then comes this Haaretz article. It precisely doesn’t talk about the real lines between those fractions who’s diverse ideology now drives the changing world scene, they hide it in their own special manner.

    Where is your own deeper analysis, Ian? When the discussion should begin it ends. Thats a bit disturbing to me, because your intro statements didn’t mention the real cause of “inside struggle” at all. It’s far too simple to put these category “Isreal” versus “Diaspora” into political context. There is much, much more to be said, but thats not done here.

  9. JohnZ  July 14, 2017 at 5:18 am

    So let’s take a look at some of the groups Soros has funded, such as Black Lives Matter, which is a black racist group. Another group, ANTIFA also needs investigation to find out who is funding it as well as BAMN and the PC/SJW Marxists in colleges and universities. Soros likes to stir up trouble where ever he can for his own profit. They don’t call him “pump and dump” for nothing. Strategic investments indeed. He is no different than the zionist robbers, using sophisticated methods to steal.

  10. kaho  July 13, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Ian, thank you for pointing out these various pro-contra & sympathy-antipathy alignments, all very relevant to the topics under discussion.
    Your statement
    “The Jews are very far from a unified group and this is most obviously reflected in their politics; ”
    was of course not something that was absolutely necessary to point out. But it does belong in the flow of your argument and leads up to your main point, which was far from obvious – at least for me it wasn’t.

    • kaho  July 14, 2017 at 12:10 am

      A couple of months ago I watched this video with Andreas von Rétyi
      who wrote a book about Soros. And to tell you the truth, I was a bit surprised that von Rétyi wasn’t as condemning of Soros, to the degree that he is criticized in most of the other accounts I have seen ( I have not read von Rétyi’s book, I have just seen the video ).
      But now I think your account has thrown some more light on the matter, so that a more clear picture emerges of Soros’ position in the scheme of things.

      One question : How would you view Soros’ position relative to neocons such as for instance Victoria Neuland ?

  11. jensingr  July 13, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Soros is a globalist who turns countries upside down just because he can.

    and because he wants power, which the demons running him freely give.

    • JohnZ  July 14, 2017 at 5:19 am

      Soros’ father worked for the Gestapo.

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  July 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      JZ: That’s why Soros is a Zionist! 😉 .

      P.S. Not all bad guys are Zionists; and some 100% pro-Israel guys are just duped.

      Pass the popcorn… and the demons.

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  July 14, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      JZ: In addition, Hitler, Nazis & Co. screwed Rothschild banking by empowering Germany to issue Deutsche Mark from a central bank that was NOT privately owned and/or controlled.

      Hitler, Nazis & Co. almost won WW2. The Nazi party never surrendered (although Germany did). Not all that Hitler, Nazis & Co. did was bad. For example, state-issued currency is good.

  12. Mr. Jang  July 13, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Could that creature beside B.N. actually be a demon of some sort?
    Very strange aura/energy emanating from that image. Weird.

    • Khalid Talaat  July 13, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      know what you mean. A lizard waiting to catch a pray or some other reptile.

    • jensingr  July 13, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      lizard maybe.. or just a grizzled old man who dies his hair

    • Eduardo  July 14, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      What a pretty pair! Sheldon Adelson must have had too many blood transfusions and organ transplants that went wrong. The souls of their victims are weighing heavily on their scaly shoulders.

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  July 14, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Mr Jang, Khalid, JenSingr & Eduardo: Please don’t insult ‘my’ golems — with Adelson…

  13. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  July 13, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Love him or hate him, no one can truthfully call Soros a “Zionist.” Soros is political — not religious.

    The Alt. Right groups ‘try’ to call Soros a Zionist — just additional proof on how clueless they are.

    • Detlef Reimers  July 14, 2017 at 6:09 am

      As I already said to Ian, Dr. Susta, you yust did th same without any more word. You are completely right in your analysis about the Alt. Right but then it suddenly stops (after the introductory statement, that we can love or hate him).

      If we conclude logically, we have to assume that we should rather love than hate him for not beeing a Zionist.

      It is very interesting for me, because even I, who also has discussions with Jews under various circumstances, speek often and dra w conclusions which go much further than those represented (or not) here.

      The things unspoken in a specific contest, say as much as those spoken about.

    • Ian Greenhalgh, Managing Editor  July 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Oh stop trying to be so intellectually superior, you just sound conceited and argumentative. I wrote a short and succinct introduction to a Haaretz article, it was in no way meant to be an in-depth or exhaustive diatribe on the minutiae of Jewish politics so stop making unreasonable demands, surely you understand that it would take a hell of a lot more time and effort to do what you demand than it does to write a short introductory note. Is it even worth the effort of writing such an in-depth article when the majority of readers seem to be far too entrenched in their infantile ‘Soros is a Jew so he must be an evil Zionist satanist’ mindset to accept any contradictory information?

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  July 14, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      D.R.: Pith?

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