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New York - Sebastian Gorka Tells Jewish Audience He Is Not Anti-Semitic, Calls Israel ‘closest’ Ally Of US

Published on: May 7, 2017 05:00 PM
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New York - Sebastian Gorka, the White House adviser accused of membership in a far-right Hungarian group, spoke to a largely Jewish audience, defending his pro-Israel bona fides and denying being anti-Semitic.

Speaking at the Jerusalem Post Conference in New York City on Sunday, Gorka rebuffed attacks against him but did not deny being a member of Historical Vitezi Rend, a far-right Hungarian group to which he has allegedly sworn allegiance. He also did not deny outright that he will soon be leaving his position as a counter-terrorism adviser to President Donald Trump.

“I have spent my life fighting against totalitarian ideologies,” Gorka said in an interview with Yaakov Katz, the Jerusalem Post’s editor in chief. “Nobody… has found one sentence that I have said in the past 46 years that is anti-Semitic or anti-Israel.”

An investigation by the Forward has reported that Gorka, who is Hungarian, is a member of Historical Vitezi Rend, a namesake of a defunct order of merit that existed under Hungary’s Nazi-allied government. The original group ceased to exist in the 1940s following Nazi Germany’s defeat. Gorka has worn the organization’s medal to public events, which he claims to do in honor of his father’s anti-Nazi and anticommunist activity.

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On Sunday, Gorka did not deny belonging to the movement. But he cast doubt on the idea that Historical Vitezi Rend is a pro-Nazi group, saying that members had been recognized for helping Jews during the Holocaust.

Gorka also suggested that recent reports that he will be leaving the White House for another government position are “fake news.” But he did not deny the reports outright.

“As the president says, there is fake news and there is very fake news,” he said, responding to a question about the reports. “The White House works like a well-oiled machine… I will be there for as long as the president has use for me.”

Gorka said leaders of the White House’s so-called “nationalist” wing, including chief strategist Steve Bannon, are pro-Israel. He called Israel the United States’ closest ally. He said the leaders of attacks on the administration are proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, as well as supporters of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

“Because we are pro-Israel, we must be attacked, whether it’s the president, whether it’s Steve Bannon, whether it is Steve Miller or myself, we are friends of Israel,” he said. The U.S. alliance with Israel, he added, “is our closest relationship.”

Gorka also praised Trump for his missile strike last month on Syria, and said “nobody will use weapons of mass destruction against unarmed women and children.” But he added that Trump “has absolutely zero interest in invading other people’s countries and occupying them. That is un-American.”



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 May 07, 2017 at 05:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Dear Mr. Gorka,

Please accept my apology. I read your defense and accept it as true. My father's own WW2 story was complex and nuanced, so I can understand how individuals may be very different from the organizations they join and how any organization can take on a very different character in the blink of an election (Just look at the history of US political parties). You have a long public record, and it does speak for you.

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 May 07, 2017 at 05:39 PM TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

The left and fake news suffer from naziphobia. To be honest some on the left don't even believe it . It's just that the Nazis card is a great card to use against Trump . Some do confuse nationalism with anti semitism .

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 May 07, 2017 at 06:59 PM hashomer Says:

It's a known fact that this Bannon garbage Gorka is or was a neo-nazi member of a Magyar front group, and a skewer of anti Jewish conspiracy theories. Now he got caught with his soiled pants down and he's denying it. Take a look at what's happening in Hun-garia these days and you see lovers of the Arrow Cross rightist faction everywhere. Feh.

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 May 07, 2017 at 07:48 PM Take a chill Says:

Reply to #3  
hashomer Says:

It's a known fact that this Bannon garbage Gorka is or was a neo-nazi member of a Magyar front group, and a skewer of anti Jewish conspiracy theories. Now he got caught with his soiled pants down and he's denying it. Take a look at what's happening in Hun-garia these days and you see lovers of the Arrow Cross rightist faction everywhere. Feh.

It's known that you're nebach suffering from dilution and paranoia. You should seek help ASAP!
#liberalism is a mental disorder

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 May 07, 2017 at 08:10 PM TrumISprez4-8 Says:

Reply to #3  
hashomer Says:

It's a known fact that this Bannon garbage Gorka is or was a neo-nazi member of a Magyar front group, and a skewer of anti Jewish conspiracy theories. Now he got caught with his soiled pants down and he's denying it. Take a look at what's happening in Hun-garia these days and you see lovers of the Arrow Cross rightist faction everywhere. Feh.

It's a known fact that Banon policy's have only been pro Israel and pro Jewish so far . I like looking at policy's or facts on the ground . All this ideology talk can be twisted and turned how one likes it . It's tachlis how one governs that counts

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 May 07, 2017 at 09:56 PM Anonymous Says:

It's a known fact that snowflake liberals like you (and your other screen name, yonasonw) are the liars...you're so sick, you still can't get past your huge loss in the elections, and rather than act like a normal patriot by supporting our president, you are just wishing and hoping for America to continue to fail miserably as it did for eight years under obama, just so You can continue your immature maligning of Mr. Trump, despite his tremendous accomplishments in only three short months!

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 May 08, 2017 at 11:12 AM yonasonw Says:

Why should we give Gorka (or Bannon for that matter) a pass, a benefit of the doubt, we don't give to Rep, Ellison? In both cases, there exist inconsistent data, some of which is truly troubling.

I note that this year the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, the National Jewish Democratic Council, and the Interfaith Alliance all have called for Gorka's resignation over his ties to anti-Semitic Hungarian far-right groups. The Anti-Defamation League has asked Gorka to disavow his association with those groups. Senators Ben Cardin, Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal sent a letter to the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security requesting that the DHS look into whether Gorka "illegally procured his citizenship" by omitting membership in "Historical Vitézi Rend," which could have been grounds for keeping him out of the country.

Many of you trashed Obama for far less a connection with Rev Wright than Gorka has with extremist groups in Hungary. Surely, the standard cannot be that anyone associated with this Party or that gets a pass...and the other gets vilified.

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 May 08, 2017 at 11:24 AM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

It's a known fact that snowflake liberals like you (and your other screen name, yonasonw) are the liars...you're so sick, you still can't get past your huge loss in the elections, and rather than act like a normal patriot by supporting our president, you are just wishing and hoping for America to continue to fail miserably as it did for eight years under obama, just so You can continue your immature maligning of Mr. Trump, despite his tremendous accomplishments in only three short months!

My my...Are you proud of that?

I printed out your comment as one of many examples I am preparing for a discussion on "Anonymity - Where Midos Have Gone in The Internet Age."

By the way...look up the Aryan roots of the snowflake epithet...you'd be proud too of the company you keep.

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 May 08, 2017 at 12:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

It's a known fact that snowflake liberals like you (and your other screen name, yonasonw) are the liars...you're so sick, you still can't get past your huge loss in the elections, and rather than act like a normal patriot by supporting our president, you are just wishing and hoping for America to continue to fail miserably as it did for eight years under obama, just so You can continue your immature maligning of Mr. Trump, despite his tremendous accomplishments in only three short months!

"Norma Patriot supporting our President" like you are a Normal patriot supporting President Obama. Right? Lets don't forget that Pres Trump is under FBI and Congressional Investigation. HUUUUGE accomplishment in 3 month.

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 May 08, 2017 at 12:41 PM TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

Reply to #7  
yonasonw Says:

Why should we give Gorka (or Bannon for that matter) a pass, a benefit of the doubt, we don't give to Rep, Ellison? In both cases, there exist inconsistent data, some of which is truly troubling.

I note that this year the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, the National Jewish Democratic Council, and the Interfaith Alliance all have called for Gorka's resignation over his ties to anti-Semitic Hungarian far-right groups. The Anti-Defamation League has asked Gorka to disavow his association with those groups. Senators Ben Cardin, Dick Durbin and Richard Blumenthal sent a letter to the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security requesting that the DHS look into whether Gorka "illegally procured his citizenship" by omitting membership in "Historical Vitézi Rend," which could have been grounds for keeping him out of the country.

Many of you trashed Obama for far less a connection with Rev Wright than Gorka has with extremist groups in Hungary. Surely, the standard cannot be that anyone associated with this Party or that gets a pass...and the other gets vilified.

The answer is,

1) We got to see how these people who were so called "associated" with far right nationalist groups that are " anti semetic" governed. And guess what they governed in favor of Israel and the jews. The Trump administration has been very favorable towards us. Thus, we see that their associations pose no threat to us.Contrast that with Rev Sharpton yimach shmo who was invited to the WH despite the fact that we saw how he governed during the crown heights riots.

2)Associations with nationalist groups don't necessarily mean that I agree with everyone of their ideologies. It means I agree with the main core misson of the group which is a nationalist anti immigration message. Contrast that with Rev Wright whose explicIt mission is G-D Damn America.

3)Associations with Muslims whom we see are killing westners left and right are far more of a concern vs some crazy fringe nationalists who sit in a hotel waving flags.

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 May 08, 2017 at 09:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Gorka was detained at the D.C. Airport, for carrying a loaded weapon. Hence, that is why he could not receive a security clearance to work at the White House.

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