Caroline Glick: Trump Derangement Syndrome as Leftists Target Britain’s Former Chief Rabbi, Jonathan
"Trump Derangement Syndrome", it may sound silly and disparaging, but it's real and it infects many throughout the United States and the world. Sufferers from TDS, besides targeting Donald Trump in malign Facebook posts and fits of rage, also target people associated with Trump.
In this case, Jewish TDS victims went on a full frontal attack against former chief rabbi of Great Britain, Jonathan Sacks. It seems Rabbi Sacks committed the unforgivable sin of helping Vice President Pence prepare his Israeli Knesset speech.
From Caroline Glick:
In the weeks before he came to Israel, Pence told his associates that he was determined to give the most pro-Israel speech ever delivered by a non-Jewish leader at the Knesset. So as he prepared his speech, like Blair and Browne, Cameron and Major, he turned to Rabbi Sacks for guidance.
Rabbi Sacks met with the Vice President in New York for ninety minutes. He helped Pence to develop the themes he wished to discuss in his address. In the weeks that followed their meeting, Pence’s office sent early drafts of his address to Sacks for his comments.
If Pence’s name had been Joe Biden, he would have been congratulated by the entire Jewish world for reaching out to Sacks. And Sacks would have been celebrated by one and all as a towering Jewish figure who helped to craft one of the most important speeches about the Jewish people, the Jewish faith, and the Jewish state ever given by a non-Jewish leader.
But alas, we are not living in normal times.
We are living at a time where the left deems anyone who treats the Trump administration as legitimate as an enemy of the people. We live in times when Jews on the left are unable to distinguish friend from foe, or discern their own interests.
The leftist Jewish media flew into a rage when Sacks’ role in drafting Pence’s speech was reported.
By helping Pence, Batya Ungar-Sargon at the far-left Jewish Forward raged, Sacks empowered Pence’s faith, which she abhors.
“Pence believes God has a plan, not just for him but also for everyone, especially if he agrees with his numerous co-religionist white evangelicals who believe that we are living in the end times.”
At London’s liberal Jewish Chronicle, the writers are beside themselves. Referring to Pence as “loathsome,” Marcus Dysch wrote: “What on earth is Jonathan Sacks, the erudite, polite, shy Englishman doing getting involved with the homophobic, extreme Christian campaigner against women’s rights who is currently serving as Vice President of the United States?”
Dysch then all but accused Sacks of selling his soul for money, writing, “There will be countless wealthy churches across Republican states now falling over themselves to invite Lord Sacks to speak.”
Matthew Gindin, an anti-Zionist Jewish leftist and former Buddhist monk, wrote that Sacks “embodies a communal failure which threatens both the Jewish soul and future.”
Sacks, Gindin said, “has chosen to sell out for Jewish power and glory.”
Notably, neither Dysch nor Gindin wrote a word about Pence’s support for Israel. They didn’t applaud his stated commitment to finding a path to peace between Israel and the Palestinians, for instance, which was a section of the speech that drew a standing ovation from Israel’s leftist lawmakers at the Knesset.
We at MJAC take a positive view of people who support Israel. It is the world's on Jewish nation. Sadly for some Jews, politics trumps survival. We don't know if there will ever be a remedy for TDS, but if Israeli scientists ever begin working on it, at least there will be some hope for a cure.