Extreme leftists organizing Tel Aviv protests? Noooooo (well, yes)

Glenn got in some hot water recently for pointing out that the stated ‘goals’ coming from the Tel Aviv protest organizers sounded eerily similar to that of radical leftists. As protests heated up in Israel over the weekend, more details on who is behind organizing all of these protests seem to indicate that radical leftists are indeed doing some orchestrating of events. When the recurring theme of the protest is ‘social justice’ it’s kind of a giveaway – so who was found to be behind the protests?

The Blaze asks, “Are American Democrats trying to intervene in Israeli politics? As major protests have continued to rage, some have begun to wonder what America’s left political wing may — or may not — have to do with the mayhem.”

The Blaze cites IsraelNationalNews.com, who report that Stanley Greenberg, a prominent American Democratic strategist, may have helped orchestrate the protests:

Greenberg directed the strategists to create a protest that was not led by one specific group, in order to create social ferment. An unnamed left-wing leader would eventually step into this ferment and take the reins, Greenberg predicted.

The protesters are mostly secular people and the participation of nationalists in the summer-long protest wave has gradually lessened, as details emerge of left-wing involvement in their organization.

“If true, this would mean that these protests were purposefully spawned in an effort to create unrest, while making it look as though the people were so fed up with the political schema, that they took to the streets out of sheer angst,” The Blaze continues.

Glenn, of course, got into some hot water while in Israel for implying that the extreme left may have had a hand in the protests.

“Now, who got in trouble with he was in Israel for saying this and everybody said, No, no, no, that’s not possible,” he said.

“These are the people that are joining now as the steering committee for these protests. Again, union protests are happening in Spain and Italy. We have Hoffa saying this is war and they’re declaring war. In Egypt it was unions that helped put that all together. Our unions over here were helping. They then turned around and tried to help and lend their support in Wisconsin, Madison. Now these protests, these grass roots protests, are starting in Israel,” Glenn explained.

“In many cases are legitimate protesters and they may be reacting to conditions on the ground,” Glenn said, but emphasized that there movement is being co-opted.

“That’s the same thing with the war, too. We talked about during the war protests during the Bush administration. There’s a lot of people who didn’t like the war, who didn’t think Iraq was the right place for us to be, who wanted the troops to come home and then – but the organization on top of it was Code Pink and International Answer,” Stu said.

Stu also discussed how leftists are describing protests now as leaderless movements, which Glenn and Stu both agreed can be good or bad. As Glenn put it, nature abhors a vacuum, meaning that a person of power may eventually step in to fill the void. But Glenn emphasized that if individuals return to a place of personal responsibility, they can be the leaders.

“When we step back into the role of being the people that protect our rights through our responsibilities, that’s when you don’t need a leader, because you will be the leader,” Glenn said.