Obama-Era Official Ben Rhodes Invokes Antisemitic Tropes In Anti-Israel Tirade

Former deputy national security adviser and Holocaust Memorial Museum board member Ben Rhodes made multiple comments featuring antisemitic tropes directed toward Israel, its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Jews.

In a recent interview on the “Occupied Thoughts” podcast, Rhodes told notably anti-Zionist host Peter Beinart that Netanyahu’s policy when dealing with Palestine is to be “corrupt and cruel.”

“Maybe [Netanyahu’s] view is, ‘Jews have been screwed throughout history by a corrupt, cruel world. And so you know what, we just have to be corrupt and cruel ourselves. That’s the only way to survive in this world,’” Rhodes said. Rhodes also accused Netanyahu of manipulating “right-wing, pro-Likud media in the United States” to “needle Obama” and “create a weeklong political story.”

“The media interest is dramatically intensified,” Rhodes said. “And that’s both a very aggressive, kind of pro-Likud media in the United States, [and] it’s also just the mainstream media that delights in Israel controversies.” Rhodes continued his screed by

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