Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, in a pre-recorded statement played at a pro-Israel gathering, said freedoms around the world depend on a free Israel, as reported by the Algemeiner Journal. “You know as I do that as Israel goes, so goes … our morality and our very existence as freedom-loving citizens of the world.”
Murdoch praised Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel, who was honored that evening. Murdoch called Israel “the beleaguered nation” that was a “beacon of hope and justice, ” and called Israel’s enemies, “our enemies, glorifiers of death, seeking to impose their bloody doctrine through violence.”
In Hagee’s speech, he discussed the challenges in organizing such an event, and Murdoch said of Hagee, “You recognize it (Israel) as the greatest ally of democracy, in a region beset with turmoil and radicalism.” Recorded tributes to Hagee from Elie Wiesel, Lindsey Graham and Benjamin Netanyahu were played that evening.
Murdoch had a high profile gaffe a couple of years ago on Twitter that praised Israel but through using an anti-semitic trope about “Jewish-dominated” media. Murdoch tweeted, “Why is Jewish-owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis.”
Well, Murdoch isn’t Jewish and certainly dominates a lot of media, so he wasn’t talking about himself. This led to the Guardian’s Michael Wolf to ask, “Does being pro-Israel absolve you of your suspicion about Jews? Can you be an anti-semite and still support Israel.”
“Anti-Semite” may be a bit strong to characterize Murdoch, but Wolf does give some food for thought, even if it was “so last Gaza conflict” or “so two years ago.”