NEW YORK - "Bar-Ilan University is the only Zionist university left in Israel," proclaimed Prof. Efraim Inbar, director of Bar-Ilan's Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, at a gala dinner of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA ) held Tuesday night in New York.
Contacted by Haaretz, Inbar stood by his claim, saying that Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, for example, were "not Zionist" in his opinion. "There are many Bolshevik post-Zionists at these universities, who pack their faculties with similar-minded lecturers. The Israeli universities are overflowing with post-modernists who undermine not only Zionism but academic truth itself."
Inbar said that although he knows that there are also Zionist lecturers at the various social studies faculties, they are outnumbered. "An evil wind is emanating from these places," he said.
Inbar's comments, made during a short introduction of one of ZOA's principal donors, were received warmly by the 800-strong audience in New York. The organization honored controversial conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck, who received the "Dr. Miriam & Sheldon Adelson Defender of Israel Award," as well as congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Florida, who received ZOA's "Dr. Irving & Cherna Moskowitz Award for Promoting Strong U.S.-Israel Relations." Adelson and Moskowitz are both renowned donors to right-wing and other causes.
In her speech, Ros-Lehtinen, chairperson of the influential House Foreign Relations Committee, attacked the administration's policies towards Israel and the "dangerous Palestinian scheme" for UN recognition, asking: "A Palestinian state? What is that, anyway?" Ros-Lehtinen introduced two women in the audience from the West Bank settlement of Kedumim, saying that such places "are not an impediment to peace, but a solution for Israel's survival."
Also on hand was Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann, a congresswoman from Minnesota, who pledged to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem "on the day that I am sworn into office" and asserted that "Israel will never be up for grabs - not one inch, not one acre, not one square foot will ever be on the chopping block." Bachmann said that "Israel needs a friend, but when it looks at the White House, it does not see one."
Asserting that Iranian President Ahmadinejad was "striving for a second Holocaust," Bachman said that "once again millions of Jews are at the precipice of losing their lives today." She called for the U.S. Navy to impose a complete naval blockade on Iran, for the U.S. to deploy comprehensive ballistic missile systems "on land, sea, air and in space" and for the Pentagon to prepare "war plans" in order to counter Iran's nuclear threat. Ahmadinejad, she said, "will seek to use nuclear weapons against the U.S. as well - and the U.S. will learn what it is to be Israel if it does not act quickly."
Beck delivered an apocalyptic address that lasted for more than an hour and interwove the Holocaust with current affairs. He said that the situation is worse today than when Hitler was threatening to annihilate the Jews, because today the world is "aiding and abetting" the ranting of madmen who are out to destroy Israel and the Jewish people.
Beck said that "there is an 18-month window" left in which to save the world - "and I believe I know how to do it".
Beck, who was lauded by Prime Minister Netanyahu in a video address as a "courageous defender of Israel," launched repeated and harsh attacks against liberals and the left, comparing "Occupy Wall Street" activists to Nazi SA brownshirt troops in Germany, and saying that "many times you cannot tell the difference any more between peace activists and the terrorists and fascists they claim to stand against."
Also delivering a lengthy address was ZOA National President Morton Klein, described by Adelson as "the greatest Zionist in the world." In a blistering attack on the Palestinians and on U.S. policy, Klein listed unjust accusations hurled against Jews since the time of the crucifixion, drawing parallels to the current situation of Israel and the Jews, and summing up with a sentence that seemed to encapsulate the attitude of most of the evening's participants: "The whole world is wrong, and the Jews are right."
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