The former leader of Britain’s UKIP party, Nigel Farage, is under fire from the Jewish lobby in that country after daring to mention the Jewish lobby in America on his radio talk show—and agreeing that the “Jewish lobby with its links to the Israeli government” exerts political and financial power over the American government.
Farage made his remarks while presenting his usual radio talk show program on London-based national talk and phone-in radio station, LBC. He was discussing with callers the issue of whether “Russian influence” had really aided the election of President Donald Trump.
When a caller named “Ahmed” asked “how come there is such an issue with Russia, [and] Russian involvement, and no-one is really highlighting AIPAC and the Israeli lobby and their involvement in American politics and elections.”
Farage agreed, saying “Well the Israeli lobby, you know, that’s a reasonable point Ahmed, because there are about six million Jewish people living in America, so as a percentage it’s quite small, but in terms of influence it’s quite big, but I don’t think anybody, uh they have a voice in American politics, as indeed the Hindu groups, and many other groups in America.
“But I don’t think anybody is suggesting the Israeli government tried to affect the result of the American elections. I think Ahmed, what it comes down to, in my view, is that Russia is seen by the European Union and by the [US] Democrats to be the enemy. Putin is seen to be the enemy.
“We’ve done our best to expand the European Union, to expand Nato, right up to his borders by encouraging Ukraine to join, and ever since that moment, you know, he’s been the great bogeyman.
“But I have to say, I would be amazed, literally amazed—I certainly know from my perspective, and I’ve had no Russian involvement or collusion and I haven’t been a bagman, and I can speak for myself on this, one hundred percent.
“I can’t speak for the President a hundred percent, Ahmed, you couldn’t speak for your brother or your parents one hundred percent. None of us can know a hundred percent, but I would be stunned if anything came out that showed that any interaction with Russia had had any material effect on that election at all. That’s how I feel, Ahmed. I mean, is that your suspicion too?”
The caller then agreed with Farage saying that “it would be difficult to prove, but I would say what’s the big deal? Even if it did, like I said, what I said with Israel, they affect both Democrats and Republicans. They’ve got them both in their pockets.”
Farage responded to this by saying “Well in terms of money and influence, yep, they are a very powerful lobby, and Ahmed really, America has interfered in elections all over the world. For decades. There is a slight sort of degree of hypocrisy over all of this. Ahmed, new caller from Leyton, I thank you.
“He makes the point that there are other very powerful foreign lobbies in the United States of America, and the Jewish lobby, with its links with the Israeli government, is one of those strong voices”.
It is clear from this conversation that Farage was in fact not saying anything that is not public knowledge, or was ascribing to the Jewish lobby any sort of power over and above any other lobby, as he was at pains to try and point out.
However, this is not good enough for the Jewish lobby, which regards it as “anti-Semtic” to even mention the existence of the Jewish lobby, even though there are formal official organizations of Jews all over the world devoted to lobbying governments, such as AIPAC in America and many other less public groups.
Nonetheless, as reported by the Times of Israel, the UK Jewish lobby group “Campaign Against Anti-Semitism” called for Farage to “immediately withdraw his deplorable comments and apologise for them” or else be sacked by LBC.
CAA spokesman Joe Glasman said he would contact media regulator Ofcom (the broadcasting regulator in Britain) and complain about Farage’s “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”
A spokesman for the UK Jewish Board of Deputies was also quoted as saying that ““Nigel Farage’s clumsy use of the terms Israel and Jewish lobby interchangeably and his reference to their ‘power’ has crossed the line into well-known antisemitic tropes. We would advise him to be more careful in his use of language in future.”