Chomsky: Israeli Intervention in US Elections 'Vastly Overwhelms Anything Russians May Have Done'

Chris Menahan
Aug. 02, 2018

Famed political theorist Noam Chomsky says claims of Russian interference in US elections are "almost a joke" when contrasted with Israeli intervention in America's elections.

Speaking with Democracy Now on Friday, Chompsky criticized the media for focusing on "marginalia."

"There is a focus on what I believe are marginalia," Chomsky told Democracy Now's Amy Goodman.

"So, take, say, the huge issue of interference in our pristine elections," he said. "Did the Russians interfere in our elections? An issue of overwhelming concern in the media. I mean, in most of the world, that’s almost a joke."

Chomsky continued: "First of all, if you’re interested in foreign interference in our elections, whatever the Russians may have done barely counts or weighs in the balance as compared with what another state does, openly, brazenly and with enormous support. Israeli intervention in U.S. elections vastly overwhelms anything the Russians may have done, I mean, even to the point where the prime minister of Israel, Netanyahu, goes directly to Congress, without even informing the president, and speaks to Congress, with overwhelming applause, to try to undermine the president’s policies—what happened with Obama and Netanyahu in 2015."

"Did Putin come to give an address to the joint sessions of Congress trying to—calling on them to reverse U.S. policy, without even informing the president?"

"And that’s just a tiny bit of this overwhelming influence," Chomsky said. "So if you happen to be interested in influence of—foreign influence on elections, there are places to look."

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