“The Daily Show” is the top-rated late night talk show on US cable TV. So it was unfortunate when host Jon Stewart ran this on July 31, during the Gaza war:
In this short segment, Stewart effectively told his viewers 1) that Hamas’ aggression and terrorism against Israeli cities was equivalent to Israel’s self-defense, and 2) that the US should bring about ‘peace’ by refusing to resupply weapons and ammunition to Israel.
It is interesting to speculate about where he got the idea.
In a new interview, Stewart promotes the popular anti-Israel themes that critics are ‘silenced’ — something that he himself proves resoundingly false — that Israel is an oppressor, and that Israel steals ‘Palestinian’ land.
Discussing his new movie “Rosewater” at the Toronto Film Festival with Canada.com, the American Jewish satirist began talking about the accusations he’s faced from Iran about being a Mossad agent, then spoke about the pressure he’s come under from Jews outraged at his irreverence toward Israel and the Jewish religion.
Stewart went on to say that his criticism of Israel is meant constructively, but some of his fellow Jews don’t take it that way.
“I always want to say to people when they come at me like that: ‘I would like Israel to be a safe and secure state. What’s your goal?'” Stewart said. “So basically we disagree on how to accomplish that but boy do they, I mean, you would not believe the shit. You have guys on television saying I’m a Jew like the Jews in the Nazi camps who helped bring the other Jews to ovens. I have people that I lost in the Holocaust and I just … go fuck yourself. How dare you?”
He suggested that Israel’s policies were an overreaction to the legacy of Jewish oppression: “The danger of oppression is not just being oppressed, it’s becoming an oppressor. Because that will deteriorate a society as quickly as being oppressed. And that’s a real danger.”
Interviewer: “The difference is, in my mind, that the west trumpets Israel as a realistic, functioning democratic society.”
Stewart: “And then you look and say, ‘A thousand more acres in the West Bank? Why?’ But I agree with you. I find it fascinating and troubling.”
Stewart seems to think that having Jewish parents and playing a news anchor on TV make him an authority on Middle East politics. So he can throw out comments about Israel being an “oppressor” and go along with the suggestion that Israel is not a “realistic, functioning democratic society.” And while he’s at it he can propagate the falsehood that Israel has appropriated 1000 acres of ‘Palestinian’ land in the ‘West bank’.
He says that he wants Israel to be a safe and secure state, so why does he support the position of the hostile Obama Administration over that of the democratically elected government of Israel?