After returning from the latest of my many trips to Israel and a visit with Benjamin Netanyahu, I appeared with Laura Ingraham on her Thursday night FOX News show, THE INGRAHAM ANGLE, to talk about the growing problem of anti-Semitism within the Democratic Party.

The latest evidence of that is the eagerness of Democrat presidential candidates to refuse to attend the policy conference of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which will take place this coming week. Gosh, it seemed like a race to see who could decline their invitation first. So, who was it that communicated to the Democrat candidates, just one day earlier, that they needed to boycott this event?

MoveOn.org.

Big surprise. In a series of tweets on Wednesday, MoveOn.org condemned AIPAC, in part because of its efforts to thwart the Iran nuclear deal. (If only! I thought AIPAC should have spoken up more forcefully about that terrible deal.) They also accused AIPAC of using “anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric” (as opposed to anti-Semitic rhetoric, which gets a pass these days.) That’s all it took for Democrat candidates to rush to say they would not be attending.

So far, the list of those who quickly sent their regrets includes Bernie Sanders, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Julian Castro, Pete Buttigieg (who?) and Jay Inslee (who?). I imagine that list will grow just as fast as the ever-expanding list of Democrat candidates. It appears that if you’re a Democrat running for President in 2019 and MoveOn.org puts out a few tweets sending you a message to do something –- or, in this case, not to do it –- you better take your marching orders like a good little candidate. (Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Steny Hoyer, none of whom is running for President, are, at this writing, still scheduled to attend.)

Is this really the kind of behavior we should value in a Presidential candidate? We need a President who’s not afraid to say NO when it might seem easier and more personally beneficial to fold like a wheezy accordion. That person needs to be able to say to any interest group that assumes it can call the shots, “You are not the boss of me.” President Trump does a particularly great job of that, and that’s what we like about him.

When Laura asked me why the candidates were so quick to announce they’d skip the conference, I gave her the only answer that makes sense to me: “Because they’ve lost their minds.” Nothing about this makes sense. We have an alliance with Israel that has nothing to do with left-right politics. This is about whether we’re going to move up or down, meaning, in a positive or negative direction. AIPAC is not a partisan organization –- again, I was rather disappointed in AIPAC when they stayed largely on the sidelines concerning Obama’s horrible Iran deal. I assume it was because they didn’t want to offend the President, but they really should have spoken up.

The left clearly doesn’t like Prime Minister Netanyahu, and to be against Israel appears to be the new mantra of the left. They don’t seem to understand that Netanyahu’s job is to protect his country. (Come to think of it, they don’t understand that about President Trump’s job, either!) Even the Arab leaders who have that same responsibility for their respective nations share the view of both Netanyahu and Trump that Iran represents a terrible danger to the larger world.

Anti-Semitism can be seen broadly now in this country, encompassing left-wing politics, media, entertainment and academia. On college campuses, the disruptions caused by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS, although –- as I said on Laura’s show –- I take the “D” out and just call it “BS”) have gotten so bad that even some members of the Berkeley faculty have formally complained about the “clear and direct threat” posed to academic freedom.

BDS is supported by Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Rep. Omar, especially, has made her anti-Semitism abundantly clear and is a vocal critic of what she sees as AIPAC’s influence on American politics. She even insinuated that AIPAC was paying lawmakers to support Israel. (Recall her classically anti-Semitic remark, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”)

On Laura’s show, I brought up what BDS did to Soda Stream after it opened up a factory in the West Bank that employed 1100 people, including 600 Palestinians and 500 Jews. I toured that plant myself. Muslims and Jews, men and women, were working side-by-side and getting along well. It was quite a break for these Palestinian workers, who were getting the biggest paychecks they’d ever had in their lives, four times the money they had ever made when working in any capacity under the Palestinian Authority. When the BDS movement succeeded in getting that plant shut down, the people who suffered the most were those Palestinians. But, hey, it’s more important to make an example of a company that does business in Israel.

It seems the “closet door” has suddenly swung open on anti-Semitism within the Democratic Party. Both President Obama and Hillary Clinton have spoken at AIPAC –- and, incidentally, so have Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris, but that won't be happening this time. This new trend is bad for American politics, certainly, but, beyond that, it’s dangerous for freedom and for the very existence of the country, Israel, that most closely mirrors our own in its ideology and its value system. (Come to think of it, though, that’s exactly what today’s Democrats dislike about America.)

Keep in mind that within the “terrorist community” –- I’ll call it that because Democrats love to talk about “communities” –- a Palestinian who kills a Jew is rewarded with a lifetime pension for his family and a park or street named after him. If anything deserves a boycott, it’s a disgusting, lunatic idea like that.

At this writing (early Friday morning), the Thursday (March 21) episode of THE INGRAHAM ANGLE hasn’t been posted yet, but here’s the link at FOX News to try a little later. If you missed the show, I hope you’ll watch the whole thing, as it also has a couple of great segments on freedom of speech in academia.

https://www.foxnews.com/shows/ingraham-angle

In the meantime, here is a marvelous article by Alan Dershowitz, summarizing a debate held in Dallas in 2017 in which he participated. He argued AGAINST the resolution that “the boycott, divestiture and sanctions movement will help bring about the resolution of the Palestinian conflict.” The points he makes here are brilliant. And, yes, he also brings up the example of Soda Stream. Great minds think alike.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/alan-dershowitz-debating-the-anti-semitic-bds-movement-with-cornel-west

Here’s a video of the full debate:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?437547-1/cornel-west-alan-dershowitz-mideast-debate

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  • Michael Herndon

    03/26/2019 09:54 AM

    Mike, I have been calling Robert O'Rourke by the nickname "BETA" instead of his fake hispanic nickname. After hearing his weenie remark to someone about abortion I knew that this man is a BETA male if there ever was one, unlike President Trump who is definitely an ALPHA male.

  • LeeMar Zarr

    03/25/2019 10:30 PM

    Ummm??? last time I was in Hollywood area I saw a LOT of people who are Jewish...Has anyone heard how many, and I mean a LOT of these Jewish people in the Hollywood (once called Holywood), movie businesses feels about Omar and others against Israel/Jewish people? Hollywood and places like New York and else where that are heavy populated Jewish and in the movie/entertainment business should be saying something to protect their freedoms and way of life...for not only themselves but for their generations to come.

  • LeeMar Zarr

    03/25/2019 05:07 PM

    Mike please answer these questions so I and others will know. How did Omar get citizenship status based upon her history? 2nd, What level of security clearance does she have, and/or needs to set on that committee she is assigned to? Thanks

  • Joe Wilkerson

    03/23/2019 08:50 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee;

    You are right, the left has lost their minds. I hope they haven't lost their souls as well. I am still wondering why some enterprising person has not started handing out directions to the homes of those on the left in Ca, Az and NM. I just bet that some of them could find a healthy meal out of Pelosi's' grape vineyards. I pray that if the rapture has not occurred by the time 2020 rolls around President Trump will win the election in a landslide. Can you just imagine what he could do as a lame duck president? Like you, I pray for him and PM Netanyahu every day. Not to excuse my own sins which I must suffer the consequences of I fear a good many on the left are going to have a lot to answer to as well, like abortion for one. Please keep up the good fight Gov.

  • Joe Wilkerson

    03/23/2019 08:49 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee;

    You are right, the left has lost their minds. I hope they haven't lost their souls as well. I am still wondering why some enterprising person has not started handing out directions to the homes of those on the left in Ca, Az and NM. I just bet that some of them could find a healthy meal out of Pelosi's' grape vineyards. I pray that if the rapture has not occurred by the time 2020 rolls around President Trump will win the election in a landslide. Can you just imagine what he could do as a lame duck president? Like you, I pray for him and PM Netanyahu every day. Not to excuse my own sins which I must suffer the consequences of I fear a good many on the left are going to have a lot to answer to as well, like abortion for one. Please keep up the good fight Gov.

  • Joe Wilkerson

    03/23/2019 08:47 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee;

    You are right, the left has lost their minds. I hope they haven't lost their souls as well. I am still wondering why some enterprising person has not started handing out directions to the homes of those on the left in Ca, Az and NM. I just bet that some of them could find a healthy meal out of Pelosi's' grape vineyards. I pray that if the rapture has not occurred by the time 2020 rolls around President Trump will win the election in a landslide. Can you just imagine what he could do as a lame duck president? Like you, I pray for him and PM Netanyahu every day. Not to excuse my own sins which I must suffer the consequences of I fear a good many on the left are going to have a lot to answer to as well, like abortion for one. Please keep up the good fight Gov.

  • Brent Hostad

    03/23/2019 10:19 AM

    I am a proud Canadian conservative and I just love your show and wit so obviously a big fan. Us conservatives have to stand globally together to withstand the leftist globalist loons that seem to prevail these days especially here in Canada. Not sure if you have heard of Dr Steve Turley but highly recommend you check him out

  • Michael Galloway

    03/22/2019 08:26 PM

    Imagine that . .. Democrat candidates not standing up for Israel and going along with Move.org pressure. But why should we be surprised as Democrats don't even stand up for the United States of America. Is a vast huge majority of conservatives, republicans, evangelicals, patriots, etc. going to stand up in 2020 and put an end to this destroy America agenda of the Democrats? I hope and pray so. The Democratic party is in an all out war to destroy our country, destroy our President, undo everything that has been accomplished in the last two years by President Trump and continue on their left liberal agenda. They have the media on their side, but do they have the majority of conservative Americans on their side? Lets hope and pray not. Now is the time for the Republicans to start taking a stand against this all out war by the Democrats on the United States of America, our Constitution, our freedoms, etc. The time in now for Republicans and patriots to stand up and speak out against the evil party and agenda of the Democrats before it is too late !!! The Democrats have has control of the House since January and it is more plain than ever to see their agenda and hate. Go back to the SOTU address and recall the appalling anti-America behavior of the Democratic party. Go back to the eight long years of Obama and all his cronies, the corruption and the poor economy, endless regulations, etc. Wake up America!!!!!!!

  • Joanne Catherine Schmidt

    03/22/2019 05:31 PM

    Anti-semitism in the Democrat party is nothing new. Who can forget the Democratic Convention in 2012 when anti-God, anti-Israel sentiments from a screaming majority tried to re-write its party platform. As I recall, it was President Obama who sent word for them to cool it; somehow televising that reality to millions of viewers did not strike the Democrat candidate as helpful to his re-election.

  • Anne Turner

    03/22/2019 04:39 PM

    First, thank you .Govenor, for providing this newsletter. You are one of the few people I trust in this world to be knowledable and to tell it like it is. As to the anti-semetism going around; I have two Jewish friends that I correspond with frequently. They are both conservative. My oft repeated question to them is, why are Jewish people so supportive of Democrats? The havent figured it out yet. With the movement against Jews in Germany by Hitler, who sent the boat with refuges back? A Democrat, FD.R did that. Who sides with the likes of the PLO and Hamas? thr Democrats do. I believe much of anti-semetism stems from envy and jealousy . I am not being patronizing when I say that as an ethnic group Jews have demonstrated hard work, success and intelligence. On the whole they have not let centuries of discrimination and genocide make them into victims. So my Jewish Friends, when will you see the light and realize that the party against yo, and everything you stand for is an anathema to Democrats.

    Israelis took a small piece of swampy, desert land and made it into a modern country where Jews, Arabs and Christians enjoy the same protections and rights. No way can they ever give back the Golan Heights which they took after Syria made war on them. Despite being out gunned, out,sinned, and out tanked,the Israelis won by sheer tenacity and will. To put Syria or any part of Palestine back in charge of that area would be giving up a huge strategic advantage. That would be plain stupid.

  • Vernon Hinz

    03/22/2019 04:10 PM

    Everything about the left has gone bonkers. Look at all the things they are advocating of doing to regain absolute and total control of the country, they want to lower the voting age, give aliens all the rights of citizens, change the make up of the supreme court, in some ways to rewrite or abolish the constitution. In other word completely destroy and remake the country as we see it today. completely destroy what the founding fathers worked so hard on to create this country so no one would go through what they had.

  • Paul T. Kern

    03/22/2019 02:56 PM

    Your morning newspapers come in afternoon along with evenong edition now. Often has stuff sent out earlier days.

  • Sid Levin

    03/22/2019 02:06 PM

    Of course that should be GERMAN Jews.

  • Sid Levin

    03/22/2019 02:03 PM

    I feel hat ANY Jew who supports and votes for a democrat would be like Ferman Jews supporting and voting for Hitler back in the 1930’s.
    It is just like ASKING for another Holocaust, but here in the USA.

  • Larisa Fastovsky

    03/22/2019 12:29 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,
    Thank you for your great support of our democracy, for being honest, truthful and fair in anything you do. Thank you for providing us with accurate information with clear and frank explanations, justification, and reasonings. Thank you for your great support of Israel!
    Also, please pass our gratitude and admiration to your daughter who despite enormous pressure from the "fake media" does a wonderful and important job of providing the US citizen and the world with correct factual information. I am certain that with your and our beloved President Trump's efforts, encouragement, and support we will prevail! May God bless you and your family! Larisa Fastovsky

  • rodney Burke

    03/22/2019 12:06 PM

    well, well, do we need anymore proof of dem insanity. They are listening to MOVE On.org? Is move on now dictating what they do? It's not hilary but move on.org? really. Of course Omar can't prove that AIPAC bribes lawmakers to support Israel but she'll gladly throw it out there. Sounds like Goebel for Hitler or Isvestia and Pravda for the USSR. Yep the left has gone off the deep end. I sure hope MOVE ON.org is under indictment. We need them and the SPLC to go away. Insanity is rampant in this country. And how come "government" does NOT listen to Pam Geller? All Muslims want the destruction of the people in America, they say it clearly and often on FB and other places. If we do like Ike and pull off MASSIVE deportations of Muslims, this problem will be alleviated. And no it is NOT racist. it is defending the US against a sworn enemy. I do hope this radical insanity implodes on itself and we see the dems go off into the sunset.

  • Ted Hitzler

    03/22/2019 12:04 PM

    It sounds like the democratic party has switched to Gestapo ways.

  • Kristin Mallory

    03/22/2019 11:49 AM

    Excellent points! Well said, thank you for the information.

  • Douglas Morgan

    03/22/2019 11:48 AM

    This could be a good thing for Republicans! God has promised to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who hate them. Look at those in history who mistreated the Jews. Looking at Post-Biblical times, Rome, the Crusaders, Spain, Poland, Germany, the Soviet Union, just to name a few, did not fare well by being enemies of the Jewish people. More recently many countries have attacked Israel and paid the price such as Egypt, Iraq, Transjordan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen in 1949 following Israel's recognition as a nation. Egypt again in 1956, again in 1967 it took Israel only 6 days to wipe out the armies of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq. Israels enemies have not fared well at all.

    I say let the Dims attack Israel and the Jewish people! They will not hurt Israel and with their hatred of Christians and God, might just experience some of God's protection of His chosen people!

  • Jerry Korba

    03/22/2019 11:23 AM

    Thanks Mike I have questioned why so much hate aimed against the Jewish community your edition cleared some of that up. I wonder if Obama who could not use the term Islamic Terrorist to fight against Isis has much to do with this Muslim view on the Jewish Community. After all he did close his eyes against that butchering bunch and allowed it to grow. I find Ben. Netanyahu to be an overwhelming intelligent guy and what he wants for our world seems to be a positive. Why do people fight against his values what do the opponents know about him that we do not know? I must say what a great time it had to be visiting with this man you were blessed from my view point. Not having the new candidates at this AIPAC gathering is probably good as they are an embarrassment to most intelligent people. Please keep me in the loop about your visit with B. Netanyhu. Thanks

  • Greg Dawson

    03/22/2019 11:19 AM

    Good Friday Morning Mike,

    These days, if the left isn't shooting down each other, they're shooting themselves in the foot. You wouldn't think that could happen as much as they hate guns. Nevertheless, between the in-fighting and recent flood of anti-Semitic remarks coming out of the Democrat party, we are witnessing the implosion of that party. Further, the Jewish community used to largely vote Democratic. I don't see that happening anymore. Amazing, they are destroying the party from within and alienating their voting base at the same time.

    And thank God for AOC, Kamela Harris, Cory, Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Robert Francis "Psychedelic Warlord" O'Rourke. They are truly the gifts that keep on giving.

    Have a wonderful Weekend,
    Greg

  • James-Lynn Jonas

    03/22/2019 10:27 AM

    We are really sick about all this mess. Wish it'd just get over with and God would take care of the situation. He WILL step in we know at some point. Just wish these people - and we use that word loosely - really knew what they are trying to do to the USA. They don't and that's the problem. They are like Pelosi and 'have to sign it to read it'....