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Caroline Glick


    • Jerusalem Post: Deputy Managing Editor
    • Center for Security Policy: Senior Fellow

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Caroline Glick is a right-wing American-Israeli writer and commentator closely associated with Israel's Likud Party and U.S. neoconservatives. A Chicago native who emigrated to Israel and served in the Israeli Defense Forces, Glick is an editor at the Jerusalem Post, the conservative newspaper that was once part of Conrad Black's Hollinger media empire, and a senior fellow for Middle East Affairs at Frank Gaffney's Center for Security Policy (CSP), a bastion of militarist policy advocacy based in Washington, D.C.[1] Glick's experience also includes serving as a foreign policy adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in 1997-1998 and working as a reporter for a number of newspapers in the United States and Israel.[2]

On her personal website (http://www.carolineglick.com/), Glick describes her apparently extraordinarily disappointing experience growing up and studying in the United States, "I grew up in Chicago's ultra-liberal, anti-American, and anti-Israel stronghold of Hyde Park. Hyde Park's newest famous resident is Barack Obama. He fits right into a neighborhood I couldn't wait to leave. I made aliyah to Israel in 1991, two weeks after receiving my BA in Political Science from Beir Zeit on the Hudson—otherwise known as Columbia University. I joined the Israel Defense Forces that summer and served as an officer for five and a half years." [3]

Glick's distaste for "the left" spurred her to found the website "Latma" ("slap" in Hebrew slang) in 2009. A satirical website purportedly funded by CSP donors, Glick says of the endeavor, "At Latma it is our belief that by exposing the media to ridicule, we will help to change the nature of public discourse."[4] The website has published a number of controversial videos poking fun at everyone from President Obama advisor Rahm Emanuel to the activists killed during the Israeli raid on the Palestinian aid flotilla in May 2010.[5]

The flotilla satire, titled "We Con the World," portrayed pro-Palestinian "activists" singing a spoof version of "We Are the World" in which they claim to want to make "Hamas look like Mother Theresa," and trick the world into believing that those living in Gaza are suffering, "coz the billion bucks in aid won't buy their basic needs like some cheese and missile for the kids." According to Glick, "My team and I wanted to lash out to those people who dared to call our naval commandos murderers for defending their country and themselves from a lynch mob. Calling those on the flotilla 'peace activists' is a complete lie. They were just championing the rights of a terrorist organization."[6]

The Israeli government's press office briefly circulated the video before releasing a statement saying it had been a mistake.[7]

Glick is the author of Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad (2008), in which she promotes the notion that Israeli and U.S. strategic concerns are the same in the face of the purportedly existential threat posed by "radical Islam."[8]

"The shackled warrior is Israel," said Glick in an interview with the conservative National Review magazine. "Between the Israeli peace movement, the local and international media, the U.N., Europe and the U.S., Israel is both forced to fight the war being waged against it with both hands tied behind its back and to believe that it bears responsibility for the genocidal anti-Semitism that has taken over the Islamic world." Arguing that the United States has kept Israel from "victory," Glick said,

"For the U.S. to support an Israeli victory over its foes, Washington would have to acknowledge that the war against Israel and the war against the U.S. are one and the same. Such a U.S. move would also necessitate an acknowledgment of the nature of the war that is being waged against the U.S. Yet as the experience of the past seven years has made clear, the U.S. prefers to ignore the identity of its enemy. It is due to this stubborn denial of the nature of the war that the U.S. has preferred to refer to the war as a 'war on terror' instead of a war on jihad."[9]

Glick sees the world in starkly dualistic terms and has a highly critical view of Europe. Asked whether she thought Europe had "betrayed" Israel, Glick said,

"I think that the root of Europe's refusal to support Israel is Europe's refusal to accept the true lessons of the Holocaust. The lesson that Europe took from the Holocaust is that nationalism is bad. This of course, is absurd. Nationalism is neutral. Its relative badness or goodness is a direct function of how any specific nation behaves. The true lesson of the Holocaust is that nations and individuals have a responsibility to distinguish between good and evil and to support good and fight evil. Israel's struggle against its neighbors, who refuse to accept it as a sovereign state just as Europeans refused to accept Jews as individuals in the 20th century, constitutes a moral challenge to Europe. And since Europe has refused to discard its moral relativism for moral choice, Europeans project their own moral blindness and weakness on Israel."[10]

Glick's opinions closely reflect the neoconservative worldview, as described by observers like Jim Lobe of the Inter Press Service. Commenting on one of her media interviews, Lobe writes,

"What comes through … is how hard-liners like Glick see the relationship between the U.S. and Israel ('the war against Israel and the war against the U.S. are one and the same'); the Manichean nature of the world ('freedom' versus 'the forces of slavery and jihad,' 'good' versus 'evil'); how they conflate different threats ('al Qaeda and Iran' as a single 'enemy' whose 'ultimate aim …is global domination and the destruction of the U.S.'); their contempt for Europe (its 'refusal to accept the true lessons of the Holocaust'); their Islamophobia ('genocidal anti-Semitism …has taken over the Islamic world'); and their need for an 'enemy' to give order to their world."[11]

Robert Fulford, a columnist at Canada's National Post, has described Glick admiringly as a "ferocious Zionist hawk among Israel's journalists and a vehement enemy of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert."[12] Glick, like many Israelis, was profoundly dismayed by Olmert's handling of the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. Her opinions are far more in line with those of Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud Party, which has opposed Palestinian statehood. "She believes we should stop defining the Arab-Israel conflict as a territorial dispute and instead see Israel as the front line in the struggle against jihad. She thinks Benjamin Netanyahu (she once worked as his assistant) understands this reality, and, if elected prime minister at the head of Likud, will lead Israel in a more sensible direction."[13]

Controversial filmmaker Wayne Kopping featured Glick in two documentaries, including the 2005 film Obsession: Radical Islam's War against the West, which sparked a heated debate on U.S. college campuses regarding Islamophobia. Reported the New York Times, "The documentary has become the latest flashpoint in the bitter campus debate over the Middle East, not just because of its clips from Arab television rarely shown in the West, including scenes of suicide bombers being recruited and inducted, but also because of its pro-Israel distribution network. When a Middle East discussion group organized a showing at New York University recently, it found that the distributors of Obsession were requiring those in attendance to register at IsraelActivism.com, and that digital pictures of the events be sent to Hasbara Fellowships, a group set up to counter anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses."[14]

Obsession presented interviews with others besides Glick who are associated with militarist or neoconservative political groups. Interviewees included Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum, Steven Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, and Brigitte Gabrielle of American Congress for Truth and advisor to the Intelligence Summit.

In the Obsession, Glick argues that nearly all terrorist activities across the globe are part of a single movement, an argument that despite being frequently debunked has reappeared in neoconservative discourse since the early 1980s, when writers like the American Enterprise Institute's Michael Ledeen championed the theory that Moscow was behind all terrorist attacks worldwide (see Right Web Profile: Michael Ledeen). Said Glick in the film,

"Every single country is dealing with this on one level or another. You see that the Thais are dealing with it, the Filipinos are dealing with it, the Europeans are dealing with it in Madrid, the Russians are dealing with it in Chechnya, the British are dealing with it in London and Manchester. And of course you see it in the Middle East, whether it is in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and of course, Israel and Saudi Arabia. And then you go to Africa, and you see that jihadis are operating from Djibouti to South Africa. All of these areas that we refer to as separate wars, the Palestinian war in Israel, the Iraq war—they see all of these not as specific wars but as fronts in a global jihad."[15]

Glick was also featured in Kopping's 2003 documentary, Relentless: The Struggle for Peace in Israel, a film critical of the Oslo Peace Accords.[16] Relentless gives a largely one-sided view of the history and trajectory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, focusing much of its assessment on Arab hostilities while ignoring abuses committed by Israelis. Theightist media group HonestReporting.com, founded in 2000 because of what its founders saw as the European media's "twisted" version of the conflict in the Middle East that branded "Israel as the bad guy," distributes Relentless.[17] Showings of the film have been sponsored by several groups that support militarist Israeli and U.S. policies, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Zionist Organization for America.[18]

Glick's resume includes serving as "a core member of Israel's negotiating team with the Palestinians in the Oslo Negotiations under former Prime Minister [Yitzhak] Rabin" and as "an assistant policy advisor to the prime minister [Benjamin Netanyahu]."[19] She was also an embedded journalist during the U.S. invasion of and war in Iraq.[20]

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Sources

[1] "The Center for Security Policy Staff," Center for Security Policy, http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/Home.aspx?CategoryID=47&SubCategoryID=115; Eric Martin, "Israeli reporter, editor gives insider's view of Middle East coverage," Inside Medill News, April 20, 2004, http://web.archive.org/web/20070527202839/http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/medill/inside/news/israeli_reporter_editor_gives_insiders_view_of_middle_east_coverage.html.

[2] CarolineGlick.com, "About me," http://www.carolineglick.com/e/about.php.

[3] CarolineGlick.com, "About me," http://www.carolineglick.com/e/about.php.

[4] Elise Cooper, "NRB Interview: Caroline Glick: We Con the World," NewsRealBlog, July 2, 2010, http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/07/02/caroline-glick-we-con-the-world/.

[5] CarolineGlick.com, "What Israelis Think of Rahm Emanuel," August 28, 2009, http://www.carolineglick.com/e/2009/08/what-israelis-think-of-rahm-em.php.

[6] Elise Cooper, "NRB Interview: Caroline Glick: We Con the World," NewsRealBlog, July 2, 2010, http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/07/02/caroline-glick-we-con-the-world/.

[7] Mondoweiss.com, " We aren't the world," June 3, 2010, http://mondoweiss.net/2010/06/we-arent-the-world.html.

[8] For an assessment if neoconservative views, see Jim Lobe, "What is a Neoconservative Anyway?" Inter Press Service, August 12, 2003, http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=19618; Glick offers a pithy account of her views in "Interview: Shackled Warrior: Israel in Bondage," National Review, June 17, 2008.

[9] Katherine Jean Lopez, "Interview: Shackled Warrior: Israel in Bondage," National Review, June 17, 2008.

[10] Katherine Jean Lopez, "Interview: Shackled Warrior: Israel in Bondage," National Review, June 17, 2008.

[11] Jim Lobe, "Neocon Rage," Inter Press Service Lobelog.com, June 22, 2008, http://www.ips.org/blog/jimlobe/?p=160.

[12] Robert Fulford, "The Zionist Hawk Among Israeli Journalists," National Post, September 30, 2006.

[13] Robert Fulford, "The Zionist Hawk Among Israeli Journalists," National Post, September 30, 2006.

[14] Karen W. Arenson, "Film's View of Islam Stirs Anger on Campuses," New York Times, February 26, 2007.

[15] Quoted in Patrick Poole, "Obsession: Radical Islam's War against the West," FrontPageMag.com, July 28, 2006.

[16] "Caroline Glick," Internet Movie Database, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2070334/.

[17] "Our History," HinestReporting.com, http://www.honestreporting.com/a/history.asp.

[18] "Relentless Highlights," HonestReporting.com, http://www.honestreporting.com/relentless/new_version/frames/aboutFrame.html.

[19] "About: Caroline Glick," Obsession website, http://www.obsessionthemovie.com/about_interviews_Glick.php.

[20] "About Me," CarolineGlick.com; "About: Caroline Glick," Obsession website, http://www.obsessionthemovie.com/about_interviews_Glick.php.

[21] "About Me," CarolineGlick.com; "About: Caroline Glick," Obsession website, http://www.obsessionthemovie.com/about_interviews_Glick.php.

[22] "About Me," CarolineGlick.com.

[23] "About Me," CarolineGlick.com.

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    Affiliations[21]

    • Jerusalem Post: Deputy Managing Editor, Columnist
    • Center for Security Policy: Senior Fellow for Middle East Affairs
    • Makor Rishon: Columnist, Former Editor
    • Townhall.com: Contributor

    Government[22]

    • Israeli Defense Forces: 1991-1996
    • Israeli Government: Member of Oslo Negotiating Team; Prime Minister's Office: Assistant Foreign Policy Advisor (1997-1998)

    Education[23]

    • Columbia University: B.A., Political Science, 1991
    • Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government: Master's, Public Policy, 2000

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