Former Malaysian Prime Minister Accuses Israel of Ruling World by Proxy
This morning, Malaysia’s national news agency, Bernama reported that former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad had accused Israel of ruling the world “by proxy”. According to Bernama, Mahathir said, “I wonder whether people notice it or not, but presidential candidates of the United States of America, the sole superpower, all have to seek approval from Israel.”
According to Bernama, Mahathir keeps a blog at chedet.cc. On the blog, he wrote that he found it “odd” that American presidential candidates visited Israel before they were elected. “What if Malaysian candidates for elections have to visit a neighbouring country to pledge our friendship or support for it?” he asked. “We Malaysians would not think this proper.”
He further said that while he believed that what other countries thought of Malaysia’s government was “irrelevant,” America did not operate the same way. Americans, he said, “must literally pledge loyalty to Israel or risk losing the elections. It is not about what is good for the Unites States which counts.”
In spite of Mahathir’s accusations, Israel and the United States have not always seen eye to eye. US officials have ignored the requests of Israeli officials to free Jonathan Pollard, a former American intelligence analyst who is serving a life sentence for giving classified information to Israel. Israel and the White House have also disagreed on a timetable for dealing with the threat of a nuclear Iran.
This is not the first time Mahathir has spoken disparagingly of Israel. In 1984, The New Straits Times reported that he had called Israel “an arrogant state” and that he had condemned it for its actions in the Israel-Lebanon conflict.
In 2003, his rhetoric worsened. Tony Parkinson of Australia’s The Age said that Mahathir’s farewell address during an Islamic summit in Kuala Lumpur contained a “poisonous verbal assault on the Jewish people” that was “dangerous” and “delusional.” He called Mahathir “the aging supporter of jihad” and said that he would be remembered for “inciting Muslims to rise up against Jews.”
Parkinson said that Mahathir told his 2003 audience that “The Europeans killed 6 million Jews out of 12 million. But today the Jews rule this world by proxy.” According to Parkinson,the former prime minister also complained of “50 years of bitter defeats at the hands of Israel,” and then said, “It cannot be that there is no other way; 1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews.” Finally, said Parkinson, Mahathir spoke of realizing “final victory” over “the Jews.”
According to CNN, a senior White House official condemned Mahathir’s comments, saying, “hate-filled remarks further cement his legacy of outrageous and misguided public statements.”
While Mahathir’s comments today seem tame compared to those he made in 2003, they still contain the same anti-Semitic sentiment.
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