At first, I could not figure it out. Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, defends the appointment of Stephen Bannon to a top White House position (“Bannon and Breitbart: Friends of Israel,” Nov. 25)? This is surreal, and for Jews, civil libertarians and others, scary.
Bannon, according to The New York Times and Washington Post, was recently chairman for Breitbart News, a major organ of the far right: white supremacists, racists, anti-Semites, misogynists, Islamophobes and, yes, Nazis — a bunch of professional haters.
Why would Klein try to make this “news group” respectable or try to legitimize or even applaud such a man, incomprehensibly, as “a patriot”? The only answer I could find is that Klein is rushing to curry favor with the new Trump administration. Anyone, even facilitators and promotors of anti-Semitism, Nazism and white supremacy, are allies of Trump and, as long as they “support Israel,” are welcome to Klein and the ZOA.