VIDEO: Obama’s National Security Advisor Tells Joke Depicting Jews as Greedy Merchants


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National Security Adviser, General James Jones was giving the key note speech at a Washington Institute For Near East Policy and started it out with a “Joke” that borders on anti-Semitic, teaching the crowd that Jews are just greedy merchants.

According to some investigative reporting by the “Yid With Lid”,  the White House must have thought the joke was anti-Semitic. The White House transcript sent to reporters after the event conveniently began a couple of minutes into the speech. Additionally, the video of the event posted on the Washington Institute Web site started right after the Joke, you can even hear the end of the laughter.

Its interesting that the same President that sees racism in the legitimate actions of the Cambridge Police and the State of Arizona, hides the anti-Semitic prose of its National Security Adviser.

The video was located and posted by Breitbart News.

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  1. First of all the exact same joke has been posted many years ago on

    here it is

    Second of all, Jim Jones was talking at a gathering hosted by Jews. Watch the whole video on the Washington Institute site. And the subject was partially about Arab Israeli relations. I think this joke symbolized that relationship.

    Thirdly, below is the transcript from the end of the speech. He almost sounds like Bush, when he speaks of US’s relationship to Israel.

    here is the transcript:

    And since there has been a lot of distortion and misrepresentation of our policy recently, let me take this opportunity to address our relationship with our ally Israel. Like any two nations, we will have of disagreements, but we will always resolve them as allies. And we will never forget that since the first minutes of Israeli independence, the United States has had a special relationship with Israel. And that will not change.

    Why? Because this is not a commitment of Democrats or Republicans; it is a national commitment based on shared values, deep and interwoven connections, and mutual interests.

    As President Obama declared in Cairo, “America’s strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable.” They are the bonds of history — two nations that earned our independence through the sacrifice of patriots. They are the bonds of two people, bound together by shared values of freedom and individual opportunity. They are the bonds of two democracies, where power resides in the people. They are the bonds of pioneers in science, technology and so many fields where we cooperate every day. They are the bonds of friendship, including the ties of so many families and friends.

    This week marked the sixty-second anniversary of Israeli independence — a nation and a people who have survived in the face of overwhelming odds. But even now, six decades since its founding, Israel continues to reside in a hostile neighborhood with adversaries who cling to the false hope that denying Israel’s legitimacy will ultimately make it disappear. But those adversaries are wrong.

    As the president said in Cairo, for the entire world to hear, the State of Israel “will not go away.” As he said at the United Nations, nations “do the Palestinians no favors when they choose vitriolic attacks against Israel over constructive willingness to recognize Israel’s legitimacy and its right to exist in peace and security.”

    So America’s commitment to Israel will endure. And everyone must know that there is no space — no space — between the United States and Israel when it comes to Israel’s security. Our commitment to Israel’s security is unshakable. It is as strong as ever. This president and this administration understands very well the environment — regionally and internationally — in which Israel and the United States must operate. We understand very well that for peace and stability in the Middle East, Israel must be secure.

    The United States will never waiver in defense of Israel’s security. That is why we provide billions of dollars annually in security assistance to Israel, why we have reinvigorated our consultations to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge, and why we undertake joint military exercises, such as the Juniper Cobra ballistic missile defense exercise that involved more than 1,000 U.S. servicemen and women. We view these efforts as essential elements of our regional security approach, because many of the same forces that threaten Israel also threaten the United States.

    I can also say from long experience that our security relationship with Israel is important for America. Our military benefits from Israeli innovations in technology, from shared intelligence, from exercises that help our readiness and joint training that enhances our capabilities and from lessons learned in Israel’s own battles against terrorism and asymmetric threats.

    Over the years, and like so many Americans — like so many of you here tonight — I’ve spent a great deal of time with my Israeli partners, including my friends in the IDF. These partnerships are deep and abiding. They are personal relationships and friendships based on mutual trust and respect. Every day, across the whole range of our bilateral relationship, we are working together for our shared security and prosperity. And our partnership will only be strengthened in the months and years to come.

    In our pursuit of a two-state solution, we recognize that peace must be made by the parties and cannot be imposed from the outside. At the same time, we understand that the status quo is not sustainable. It is not sustainable for Israel’s identity as a secure, Jewish, and democratic state, because the demographic clock keeps ticking and will not be reversed. The status quo is not sustainable for Palestinians who have legitimate aspirations for sovereignty and statehood. And the status quo is not sustainable for the region because there is a struggle between those who reject Israel’s existence and those who are prepared to coexist with Israel — and the status quo strengthens the rejectionists and weakens those who would live in peace.

    Obviously, we are disappointed that the parties have not begun direct negotiations. The United States stands ready to do whatever is necessary to help the parties bridge their differences and develop the confidence needed to make painful compromises on behalf of peace. As we do so, we will also strongly support the Palestinian Authority’s efforts to develop its institutions from the ground up and call on other states, particularly in the region, to do their part to support the Palestinian Authority as well.

    We also continue to call on all sides to avoid provocative actions, including Israeli actions in East Jerusalem and Palestinian incitement that fuel suspicion rather than trust.

    As Secretary of State Clinton has said many times, “we believe that through good-faith negotiations, the parties can mutually agree to an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and Israel’s goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israel’s security requirements.”

    So it is time to begin those negotiations and to put an end to excuses. It is time for all leaders in the region — Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab — to support efforts for peace. It is time for today’s leaders to demonstrate the courage and leadership of Anwar Sadat, King Hussein, and Yitzhak Rabin.

  2. PachadYitzchakFan, you have conveniently left out the joke in your whole drasha. Why don’t you stick to the topic instead of diverting everyone’s attention from the real problem; the Anti-Semitism within the Obama Cabinet.

  3. The truth is, that if you or I told this joke amongst ourselves, it is very cute I still chuckled even after hearing if long ago. But while it should not really be seen as anti semitic I can see that it is quite inappropriate for a leader of government to say even in jest…

  4. “PachadYitzchak” –
    What is “palestine”???
    I know that’s what the brits called Eretz Yisrael during the mandate days, but I can’t find anyplace called “palestine” now, so what ARE you talking about?!?!

    You want today’s leaders to be like Sadat – who launched a surprise attack on us on YOM KIPPUR and killed THOUSANDS of Jews!?!?!

    You want today’s leaders to be like King Hussein who, despite being literally begged not to, attacked us in June of ’67, and who prior to that (along with his father’s regime, desecrated shuls and Jewish cemeteries in Yerushalayim?!?!

    You want today’s leaders to be like Rabin, whose acceptance of Oslo is responsible for the deaths of THOUSANDS of Jews from yishameli terrorism?!?!

    B”H that era is coming to an end as more people realize that as the Gemora says “the beginning of DEFEAT is RETREAT”!!!

    Learn the lesson of what the Torah tells us to do to Amalek.
    Anybody that is not blind can see that the yishmaelim have absolutely ZERO interest in a real peace. Sure, whatever they can get at the “negotiating” table for free, they will take. But ALL the rest they will still attempt to take by force. They have said so themselves!

    You can’t sit down at a table with an aligator and say, let’s have some tea, let’s shmooze and be friends. The nature of an alligator is to BE an alligator, NOT a mentsch. The nature of a yishmaeli is to be a “pereh-adam”. All the talking and all the leaders in the world will never change that.

  5. S801, you thought it was cute? How about if it was about WASP’s? Or Latinos? Or African-Americans? Or Italians? Or Muslims? If it involves the Jews, then it is okay. Shows what type of mentality you have.

  6. excuse me, when you tell a “joke” about a chinese man or a blond woman it doesnt escalate into genocide.
    abraham foxman is 100% right, NOTHING AT ALL IS ACCEPTABLE. every single antisemite on the face of the earth takes this as a go light and it becomes increasingly acceptable.
    yah, lets joke about jews and money, i wonder what would happen if the economy turned upside down who they’d blame and murder. there is nothing subtle about this, he might as well have said “i hate ki*es” the fact of the matter is that especially now this is a step towards open antisemitism. it is not the same as joking about other people.

  7. To Your Sister and AinOhdMilvado

    I just copied the text of Jones speech. These are not my words or my opinions.

    My only point was this joke was said in the context of going out of his way to reach out to Jews.

  8. PachadYitzchakFan, you copied the text of the speech minus the joke, that is what I am attacking you about. Because you omitted it, you are parcing words.

  9. #14 – Thank you for clarifying that it was not YOUR opinion.
    #12 (H3AIHZ3M) – well said! The anti-semites of the world don’t need anybody’s haskama for their hate, BUT when they DO get it, even a slight, subtle haskama like this “joke”, it only gives them more fuel and incentive.

  10. Sister:

    If you read the article you would know that the joke was purposely omitted from the transcript. I didn’t parse anything.

    That was the whole point of the article

  11. Whether or not this joke has been told by Jews previously is irrelevant. Try using the “N” word because you heard it in a rap song, or using any anti homosexual word because it is used in literature put out by GLAAD. Or how about a gentile calling a Jew a Yid even though that language is often used in the Jewish community. Whether the joke if funny or not, told by Jews or not has no bearing on the issue. It IS offensive for a non Jew, one who helps shape the president’s ME policy, to speak like this. The apologists that just popped up here are absurd. Offensive language and action needs to be called out regardless of whether or not it is your hero that is being offensive.


    you and all your liberal friends need to get one thing straight….. Terrorists like BLOOD not WORDS….. as you and all your liberals are busy having tea Iran is building nuclear weapons… the first one to wipe ISRAEL off the map and the next one for AMERICA! If Sadat and Hussein were such good leaders I would suggest you live in their countries where human rights are violated every day….. as a Jew and American I want a safe world….. all the liberals can find a socialist country to live in… let us TRUE Americans live in a peaceful, safe life.

  13. PachadYFan, thanks for the context. It really does change the picture. As for the speech, it means absolutely nothing to me. Does the fact that they keep reiterating that the bond is unbreakable change the message of their actions?

  14. To all the fools who think this joke is “funny”

    Imagine if he had made the same joke about some blacks or Mulims.

    You will recall that Senator Trent Lott was thrown out of his job a Repulcan Senate leader because of a “joke” at the expense of blacks, a joke that was much less disparaging than this one.

    The fact that the White House deleted this joke from their transcript should tell us that they understood how disguting it was, even if all you people don’t get it.

    I guess none you have ever heard of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, a depiction of a greedy jewish merchant that was used to incite countless acts of anti-Semitic violene against Jews..

  15. deepthinker,

    Since I’m reasonably certain that your deep thoughts were not based on knowledge of reality, here’s what Trent Lott said: “I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”

    It’s inarguably not a joke that Mississippi did vote for Strom Thurmond when he ran on a platform of segregation. What else about that might have been a joke? Even if it was a joke, how is saying that the country would have been better off had a segregationist been elected president instead of a pro-civil rights president less disparaging to minorities than saying that Jews are good with money?

  16. i give up – can’t everyone just pipe down and do teshuva and STOP IDENTIFYING AS AMERICANS, remember that we’re Jews and we don’t belong in America…did i mention do teshuva, and we can just get out of this galus!!!! i include myself