Classic Essays

“In Our Hands”


by Joseph Sobran (pictured)

ONE ISN’T SUPPOSED to say this, but many people believe that Israel now holds the White House, the Senate, and much of the American media in its hands. This is what is known as an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

The odd thing is that it is held by many Israelis. In an essay reprinted in the May 27, 1996, issue of the New York Times Ari Shavit, an Israeli columnist, reflected sorrowfully on the wanton Israeli killing of more than a hundred Lebanese civilians in April. “We killed them out of a certain naive hubris. Believing with absolute certitude that now, with the White House, the Senate, and much of the American media in our hands, the lives of others do not count as much as our own….”

In a single phrase — “in our hands” — Mr. Shavit has lit up the American political landscape like a flash of lightning.

Notice that Mr. Shavit assumes as an obvious fact what we Americans can say publicly only at our own risk. It’s surprising, and refreshing, to find such candor in an American newspaper (though his essay was reprinted from the Israeli paper Ha’aretz).

The prescribed cant on the subject holds that Israel is a “reliable ally” of the United States, despite Israel’s long record of double-dealing against this country, ranging from the killing of American sailors to constant espionage and technology theft. The word ally implies that the relationship exists because it’s in the interests of this country, though Israel’s lobby is clearly devoted to the interests of Israel itself, and it’s childish to suggest otherwise.

You expect that from the Israel lobby; lobbies are lobbies, after all. But it’s unnerving that the White House, the Senate, and much of the American media should be “in our hands,” as Mr. Shavit puts it. Bill Clinton, a lover of peace since his college days, raised no protest when the Israelis drove 400,000 innocent Lebanese out of their homes this year in “retaliation” for rockets launched into Israel (wounding one Israeli) by a faction over whom those 400,000 had no control.

Congress of course, was supine as usual at this latest extravagance of Israeli “defense.” Congress too is “in our hands.”

A recent article in the Washington Post likened the Israel lobby’s power to that of the gun and tobacco lobbies. But there is one enormous difference. Newspapers like the Post aren’t afraid to criticize the gun and tobacco lobbies. They will say forthrightly that those lobbies seek goals that are dangerous for this country. They don’t dare say as much of the Israel lobby.

But much of the press and electronic media are “in our hands” in a more active sense: they supply misleading pro-Israel propaganda in the guise of news and commentary, constantly praising Israeli democracy and ignoring Israel’s mistreatment of its non-Jewish minorities — mistreatment which, if any government inflicted it on a Jewish minority, would earn it the fierce opprobrium of our media.

No decent American would think of reducing American Jews to the status of Palestinians in Israel. The idea is almost absurd. Yet Americans are taxed to subsidize the oppression of Palestinians, on the flimsy pretext that they are helping an “ally” in America’s own self-interest, as if it were in our interest to be hated and despised by the whole Muslim world.

All this is interesting less for what it tells us about Israel than for what it tells us about America. Frank discussion of Israel is permitted in Israel, as Mr. Shavit’s article illustrates. It’s rarely permitted here. Charges of anti-Semitism and a quiet but very effective boycott will be the reward of any journalist who calls attention to his own government’s — and his own profession’s — servitude to Israeli interests.

Very few in America are doing anything to change that sorry state of affairs. Mr. Shavit wrote his article in the desperate hope of turning back his countrymen and his government from a morally and politically perilous course. At least he can hope. It’s harder for us, when our own government isn’t in our hands.

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  1. Joey Virgo
    19 November, 2016 at 4:02 pm — Reply

    Rest in peace, Mr. Sobran.

    ” . . . our own government isn’t in our hands,” wrote Mr. Sobran. Truly memorable words.

  2. tjm
    20 November, 2016 at 12:05 pm — Reply

    I live near DC, and our local Zionists boast of their power in DC — and while they can boast, if you question it, you are instantly branded an Anti-Semite. In the local paper they call themselves the “Tribe” but if YOU refer to them as such you’re a bigot…It is all about control. Just like illegal immigration, they take away the words you can use to debate the issue to limit discussion (they use their media for this: like with illegal immigration, first we could not use illegal alien, so we moved to illegal immigrant, then we heard “people are not illegal”, so it became “undocumented” immigrant, but that was too harsh, so then it became “undocumented worker” …They are persistent and wear us down, who wants to debate till the end of time — Zionists do…

    I grew up distrusting Russia, but now I see they are fighting the same enemy we are. They hate Russia because unlike America, they have fought back…while we have given up every aspect of our culture, they cling to theirs. Same could be said for Iran I am sure, though I don’t know.

    We are being played, it is subversive, overt and covert, and it has taken a great nation to the brink of destruction. You can call them “neo-cons, Deep State, elites, oligarchs (in Russia, Ukraine, America), Marxist, Clintonites…” they are by and large, Zionists. Most likely originally funded by central bankers who have long robbed the working men of the world.
    America just signed a deal with Israel, Israel gets $39,000,000,000.00, America gets: A PROMISE THAT ISRAEL WILL NOT ASK FOR MORE MONEY!!!!!!!!!! WTF “The new agreement also eliminates Israel’s ability to spend a fraction of the funds on fuel for its military (so Israel is opening offices in America to get around this provision) In another apparent concession, Israel has agreed not to ask Congress to approve more funds than are included in the deal unless a new war breaks out, said the officials” (what constitutes a war, is open to interpretation: Israel’s). So, in this deal we are just handing over billions of dollars, just to get Israel to stop asking us for money, because our treasonous Congress will give them anything they ask for, if that is not owned what is?!

    WE ARE OWNED, name ONE politician who is critical of Israel, one Congressman, one Senator, one Governor, one State Senator, one Dog catcher…there are none, if anyone is critical they are destroyed.

    You can see Zionist Jewish influence in Wall Street, Washington “think tanks”, the “main street media”, education, but in entertainment, music and movies, it is most perverse (Perverse: showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences) and destructive.

    Let’s see, our colleges don’t protest wars, corporate injustice, but a pro-American president gets elected, and outcome the signs and the rallies. They promote “multiculturalism”, open borders, while savaging European Americans/white men, and painting all women and minorities as victims. Basically, they promote social disharmony. The Feminist/Marxism/anti-white/multiculturalism on our schools and universities is not bottom up, but a top down orchestrated phenomenon.

    The main stream media, while POSSIBLY not 100% controlled by Zionist Jews — let’s just say they are highly influenced by them. If influenced means: if you speak a word against Israel, or make ANY reference to Jews, in anything but a flattering light, your carreer is over, period. While it promotes the race wars, hyping up white on black violence, and ignoring black on black or black on white violence. You will note how resistant they are to pointing out the ethnicity of an assailant in general, when reporting a crime, except if the perpetrator is white and the victim is black, then its front-page news.

    Washington follows the same lines as the media, “Israel is our friend and closest ally”, spoken like mindless drones, because if they elaborate, they face a mine field of inconvenient truths. Everything Washington does works for the Zionists and against the American people. What business does America have confronting Russia, Putin, Syria, Iran, Iraq, China, Libya, Afghanistan…How does any of that serve the American public? Funny how Washington establishment screams everything someone promotes domestic spending, yet we always seem have money for wars around the world. And while Hillary was 100% backed by Zionist Jews, Mr. Trump accepted some big donations too, principally from top Zionist Sheldon Adelson. That money buys more than just a thank you…

    The power of Zionist Media to misinform the public, and to control the narrative is best illustrated with Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton, perhaps the most effective Zionist President, dismantled Glass-Steagal, enabled NAFTA, CAFTA, Welfare “Reform” (turned it into a weapon against poor families, and promoted single parent house holds), DADT, DOMA (yes Clinton was anti-gay), in his 1996 Telecommunications Act allowed for the consolidation of media…And of his murderous machinations along with Soros in Eastern Europe, promoting genocide and war. Yet today you would think Bill Clinton was the greatest most liberal democrat ever in office. He codified “identity politics” into American elections.

    But Hollywood is a class all by itself, because it lays the groundwork for much of our society, how we see ourselves. We only need to turn on the radio and see how the consolidation of music, under a few Jewish moguls, has absolutely destroyed the industry. Listening to music of the 60’s, 70’s, even 80’s and part of the 90’s, you see diversity, but today, music is a drum beat of hate, anger, perversion. What music denouncing war, Wall Street…they are the gate keepers, and if you want your book, movie, song produced, it better follow their well-defined narrative: White men are racist, mass migration is great, multiculturalism is good, money and greed are good…we all know what they preach, and it isn’t the Gospel.

    But the anti-white American (anti Muslims, anti-Christian; they can’t make a comedy without referencing the Catholic Church and pedophilia, YET Hollywood is a bastion of Pedophilia, yet you will never see that referenced, anti-white, pro-Latino, I don’t think you could call them pro-black as much as simply race baiting. This narrative flows through all TV shows, Music, movies.

    A great example was The Birth of a Nation (the white haters at the Sundance just loved it, it affirmed all their white male hating beliefs:, was a movie that exemplifies what Hollywood’s role is. Below is an excerpt from a critique of the movie, pointing out many of its inaccuracies. The point is though, the “inaccuracies” always flow in one direction, towards hate, violence, Anti-White male, pro-Jewish… (

    Nearly everything in the movie—ranging from Turner’s relationship with his family, to his life as a slave, and even the rebellion itself—is a complete fabrication. Certainly, the film contains sprinklings of historical fact, but the bulk of Parker’s story about the rebellion is fictitious: Nat Turner did not murder his owner, nor did he kill a slave patroller. Turner’s rebellion was not betrayed by a young boy, or by anyone else involved in the revolt. To the contrary, the rebels fought until the bitter end. The shootout depicted in Jerusalem, Virginia, never happened, because the rebels were stopped by the militia before they ever reached Jerusalem. The list of inaccuracies, distortions, and fabrications goes on and on.
    Admittedly, historical accuracy probably matters more to me than to most people. And Parker was correct when he, somewhat flippantly, told journalist Anderson Cooper that “nothing is ever 100 percent historically accurate.” But how do we feel when the film contains only a smidgen of historical fact? And what if the historical inaccuracies are damaging and insidious?
    Consider, for example, the film’s troubling depictions of black women. A crucial turning point in the movie occurs when Turner’s wife, Cherry, is brutally gang raped by a group of slave patrollers—an attack the film portrays as the spark that ultimately drove Turner to launch his rebellion. But there is not a shred of historical evidence to suggest that Cherry was ever raped by slave patrollers, nor is there any evidence to indicate that an attack on his wife inspired Turner to rebel. By all accounts, Turner took up arms against slavery because he believed slavery was morally wrong and violated the law of God.

    So, in the movie, it lies and shows the hero of the movie, killing his owner, and a “slave patroller”, and more importantly it lies and shows black women being gang raped by white man, WHY?! This movie sold as historically accurate, what benefit to society would there be in showing a gang rape of a black women that never happened?! Because just like all movies, especially ones that touch on slavery, are there to promote the racial divide in America. It is a fact that Jews were heavily involved in the slave trade, ever wonder where Monsanto got its start. (

    Most southerners were NOT SLAVES OWNERS, it was the 1% then, as it would be now. It certainly was not the norm for most Americans to own slaves, yet they paint slavery as the common man’s vice, it was the rich man’s. Just like the destruction of Indian lands, it was pushed from above, not from the masses. JUST LIKE TODAY, nothing changes, we have little control over the evil our government does in Iraq, Libya, Syria…They always put the shackles of histories ills on an entire nation, never putting them where they belong, on the ruling class, the oligarchs. You can get away with it when you own everything.

    The point is, such mass control of everything we see hear and learn, has given Jews a profound ability to form and control our reality, and can anyone argue, it is not working. Jews are not better or worse, but they are right there in the mud with the rest of us, often leading the way. We are always at war, we value money over community, we are supposed to be a “Christian Nation” are these Christian values, or someone else’s?

    We just have to look at Russia, our supposed “worst enemy”, to see what our oligarch’s control has wrought. Why is Russia our enemy, why are we on the brink of WW3, and why was Clinton, who was predominately supported by Zionist Jews, not the one who was seen as the greatest threat to world peace? Russia is an Orthodox Christian nation, who have fought off the yoke of the Jewish oligarchs (to some degree) and maintain a culture that works together. We should be emulating them to some degree, seeing them as brothers, at least their people, maybe not their government. I am sick of war, I am sick of mass migration, and the destruction of my society and the demonization of my culture.

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