Far-right Bannon Affiliates Attack McMaster for Being 'Controlled by Jews' and 'Hostile to Israel'

Campaign against McMaster intensified after he fired a number of mid-level officials from the National Security Council, who were considered loyal to Bannon and to the former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn

National security adviser H.R. McMaster at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2017.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2017. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser General H. R. McMaster is being targeted in recent days by a far-right campaign that is accusing him, simultaneously, of being controlled by rich Jews and of harming the state of Israel. The campaign is coming from media outlets and writers affiliated with Steve Bannon, President Trump's senior political adviser, who has been accused in the past of making anti-Semitic comments.

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The campaign against McMaster intensified after he fired a number of mid-level officials from the National Security Council, who were considered loyal to Bannon and to the former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The latter was forced to resign after less than a month in office because he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his ties to Russia. The driving force behind the campaign has been far-right blogger Mike Cernovich, who started sharing links to a website called, McMaster Leaks, which is devoted to attacks on McMaster, on social media.

The website featured a brazen anti-Semitic caricature depicting McMaster and retired General David Petraeus, who is considered close to a number of senior NSC officials - as two puppets being controlled by Jewish billionaire George Soros, who himself is being controlled by "the Rothschilds," the famously rich Jewish family of bankers. After the caricature was mocked on social media, the website edited it, replacing the word "Rothschilds" on the top of the pyramid with the word "Saudis," but keeping in Soros depiction in place.

Yet McMaster, according to his rivals on the far-right, isn't only being controlled by the Rothschilds - it turns out he is also "hostile to Israel," according to articles that have been published in recent days on Breitbart, the far-right website formerly edited by Bannon, and on the Conservative Review. These articles, quoting "administration officials" and a Facebook post by Israeli journalist Caroline Glick, accuse him of such "sins" as opposing an Israeli request to include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Trump's visit to the Western Wall during his visit in Israel earlier this year.

McMaster, it should be noted, was the Trump administration's most senior representative and speaker earlier this year at the Israeli embassy's annual Independence Day event. He was warmly received by the crowd and gave a speech in which he expressed the administration's strong support for Israel, and promised to always safeguard the Jewish state's security interests.

Trump addressed the attacks against McMaster in a statement  on Friday. "General McMaster and I are working very well together,” Trump said, offering strong support to his senior adviser. Trump added that McMaster is "a good man and very pro-Israel. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country.”