Roseanne Barr: Netanyahu is “Elected Leader of a True Democratic State”

Roseanne, circa 2010

Roseanne Barr was the Peace and Freedom Party’s presidential nominee in 2012. She is seeking the party’s nomination again in 2016. From her blog, Roseanne World:

I supported Bibi Netanyahu because I support democracies-those pluralistic societies that have representative governments, which can coalesce to solve actual problems of their citizens. Israel right now, in my opinion has the most vibrant democracy in the world, and feel free to correct me (minus hate speech) if you feel I am wrong. Let me make my case first. Before, I do, I want to say, that my words in no way are meant to insult US President Obama. But, as we older people say, “If the shoe doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the elected leader of thirty seven percent of the world’s Jewish people, who are Israelis. As we all know, Israel was made a state by the UN in 1948, with the partition of Palestine into a Jewish State and a Jordanian-Palestinian State, in an agreement/peace treaty which guaranteed that only a small portion of The British Empire’s Confiscated and Occupied Jewish Ancestral Homeland would be returned to the Jewish People, based on the writ, “The Balfour Declaration.”

Many opine that without the grotesque and savage fascist state sanctioned murder of another third of The Jewish People, none of the lands might have ever been returned at all.

My case: Still, there is a point when things become so ridiculously unjust, that they cannot continue, and this point has been reached, and tipped. It is always democracy itself that tips that point. The combined voices of the marginalized people, who have fought to be included in a system which has excluded them is the ultimate triumph of democracy, and it has just occurred in Israel!

I salute you for this! I am proud of you!

All of you-you have shown the world why Israel is a great state, an inclusive state, a state where divergent opinions are shared in the process of creating just law, and correcting unjust ones.

This is what I hoped for when I supported Bibi. Israeli democracy proves that it is more inclusive than any other democracy on earth. It has communists, socialists, capitalists, labor activists, arabs, druze Christians Muslims, Africans Asians Kurds even Bahai and atheists gays lesbians trans, visionaries and artists, many of whom are women who are allowed to excel and profit. It has right wing anti Zionist jews and Zionist jews and atheist Zionist jews and jews who hate jews who don’t hate the right jews.

Bibi listens to the people he represents, tho he is often crude and overbearing, like all jewish fathers can be-you know who you are! It’s proven that only his words, and the words of no other Israeli can move people and bring them to the polls to vote for him, or against him. That is why people win elections, or lose them, after all.

He says what people in his base want to hear, like President Obama does, so they know that he has listened to them. He assures right wing Jews that he will never compromise their safety, because he has to say that. When President Obama promised his base that he would immediately closed Guantenemo Prison, upon his election, he had to say that or his base would not have voted for him either.

Unlike most US Presidents, Netanyahu speaks the words of one who has been a soldier, who has fought a war with his own hands, mind and body.

Even if those words are wrong, backward, and will be rescinded the next day, or campaign promises broken, he accepts that people want their viewpoints known spoken and heard-that is how democracy-the mother of diversity functions.

I also favored him because he was not aligned with J street, JVP SJP or the USPC which are fronts for the Nazi BDS movements on US campuses. He assures we US Jews that Israel is there for us, if indeed BDS’ program of harassment, blacklisting and profiling and swastika laden violence grow more powerful against us here.

As a socialist, I applaud that he does not listen to Medea Benjamin or to Valerie Jarrett, which is very much a ‘pro’ in his favor, for me. I thought we needed a respite from their total ideological capitulation to Stalinism, rather than the more progressively correct, Trotskyism.

The best part of democracy is diversity, and shared responsibility, accountability and power. Arab voters, and the indigenous Mizrachi and Sephardic Jewish voters, forced out of the Judenrein Arab countries, and more women than ever, being included in Israeli government is of great and historic significance which would not have happened if not for Netanyahu.

He wanted the job more than his opponents did, and so he got the job, by activating democracy! It’s telling that he not only received the votes of 70% of the Bedouin vote, but that Israel encourages Arabs to vote at all, something that doesn’t happen in Gaza.

Palestinians in WB and Gaza no longer have elections, so they don’t have to ‘pander’ to, or appease their own people’s desire for peace or war. Also, while people are saying Bibi is against peace negotiations, the truth is that Abbas, by unilaterally seeking UN interference has stepped away, and gone against every signed agreement since Camp David.

This election, however dirty, and I consider the constant demonization of Israel and its Prime Minister to be dirty campaigning, also proved that Mr. Netanyahu can unite rather than divide. He can heal rather than wound, he can lead rather than follow, so surely, he can extend his listening skills and craft a workable peace agreement with his neighbors. It’s not as if he has to beat the President of The United States in order to do that, or anything!

The hope I had, after LISTENING to, rather than censoring his words, and watching him interviewed, was that if he had a more firm authority in the Knesset, he would no longer need to pander to the far right, (his base)’s worst fears. I thought he could be able to begin to honestly negotiate for peace, without fear that his coalition would collapse, calling for new elections and all the other ways of avoiding the movement toward a workable solution to the problems between Israeli and Palestinian people. Some say that while he is forming a government, the Palestinian National Authority is re-forming one of its own, one that will work to solve problems for its people, instead of dividing them against one another, too. I hope and pray that is true!

Bibi is smart enough to have made a great trade deal with China and another great trade deal with India, for not only Israel, but the entire region, which are very progressive deals, which look to the future, independent of the West, which is good, at this point. Israel needs to be freed of bondage to any system or matrix which holds Jewish Sovereignty hostage.

I’m hoping praying, and holding my breath, that Bibi will prove himself the man for these challenging changing times.

Democracy is The Revolution! Jewess, we can!

30 thoughts on “Roseanne Barr: Netanyahu is “Elected Leader of a True Democratic State”

  1. Andy Craig

    I’m kind of surprised the article didn’t mention it. Her response is funny too. “I’m too crazy to be a host on the View.” says the woman running to be President of the United States. 🙂

    Out of curiosity, I went to see if Colbert ever filed a FEC Form 2 in 2012. He did not. Though regardless of the legalities, I’m sure the network would insist she not be a candidate. Possibly of relevance, is that Roseanne hasn’t filed a Form 2 for 2016 either.

  2. paulie

    “I’m too crazy to be a host on the View.” says the woman running to be President of the United States. 🙂

    Unlike a long shot presidential campaign, co-hosting The View is a serious responsibility.

  3. Green_w_o_Adjectives

    A “progressive” “Trotskyist” supporting Likud? I take it Roseanne has gone full neocon?

    No Roseanne, we don’t need “trotskyism” any more than we need “stalinism”. They both suck. Same with Zionist Union and Likud.

    This article would be more interesting if Roseanne explained why Likud would be preferable to Meretz and/or Hadash. If she believes the Zionist Union has a secret diabolical agenda then perhaps that rules out Meretz, who intended to take part in the ZU coalition.

  4. Jill Pyeatt

    I was surprised to hear that Netanyahu won. All the reports I read prior to the election had him experiencing a significant loss.

    Kinda makes you wonder if he got lessons in cheating from Republicans or Democrats, doesn’t it?

  5. Johno

    I wonder what the Peace and Freedom rank and file think of her position of the Prime Minister. Will she back Jeb Bush or Hillary now. Both are Hawks with regards to Iran and Middle East wars.

  6. paulie

    I wonder what the Peace and Freedom rank and file think of her position of the Prime Minister.

    David Campbell posts at

    I can say as a member of the Peace and Freedom Party State Central Committee (for identification purposes only) who just attended a meeting of that committee last weekend, this is the first I?ve heard that Roseanne Barr will be seeking our nomination. And there is absolutely zero support for such an idea. She has taken positions completely antithetical to ours (particularly on Israel/Palestine, but several others as well) and even during her campaign was prone to spouting insane gibberish.

  7. Joshua Katz

    I believe that should be glove, not shoe.

    Also, I think it’s sad for a party to go from nominating Eldridge Cleaver (and Murray Rothbard downticket) to a Netanyahu supporter.

  8. Gene Berkman

    Historically, many on the Left have supported the state of Israel. Henry Wallace was a supporter of the founding of Israel, as was Leo Isaacson, who served 8 months as an American Labor Party member of Congress.

    New Left opposition to Zionism became an issue at the National Conference for New Politics in 1967, where the Black Caucus took a strong position in support of the Arab states in their conflict with Israel.

    Civil libertarian opposition to Israeli policy in regard to the occupied territories just illustrates how the left has adopted a special animus, since few on the left have criticized Arab regimes for their suppression of human rights. An exception in this case came in 1991, when the Sandinista National Liberation Front proposed a resolution at the Sao Paolo Forum condemning the Hussein regime in Iraq for its suppression of the Kurdish region. But that was an exception.

  9. Rob Banks

    I think it goes back to Soviet attempts to gain a sphere of influence in the Muslim world during the cold war.

  10. Andy Craig

    “Jewess, we can!”

    I think that has to be one of the most groan-worthy things I’ve ever read.

  11. Deran

    Many many socialist criticize Saudi Arabia and the other Arab religous conservative monarchies. Many on the Left criticized Sadam Hussein for his oppression of the Kurds. Many on the Left were critical of Mubarak’s dictatorship. The struggle against Israeli apartheid does get a lot of energy on the Left, in large part that government’s policies are ilegal re annexation of conquered land, but also because of the US governments role in flacking for the Isreali government and all the billions of dollars we give that government.

    I’m not sure what Mr Berkman’s point is.

    Roseanne Barr, what an embarassment for the P&FP. They really need to sort out their nomination thing.

  12. paulie

    “Jewess, we can!”

    I think that has to be one of the most groan-worthy things I’ve ever read.

    I hadn’t read the actual article, but yes, that does sound very groan-worthy.

  13. paulie

    Roseanne Barr, what an embarassment for the P&FP. They really need to sort out their nomination thing.

    I’m not sure what you mean by sort out. The only comment I have seen from them, reproduced above, is that they have zero interest in nominating her again.

  14. Cindy Sheehan

    She’s a neocon, pure and simple. The PFP made a horrible mistake nominating her in 2012 and I made a worse mistake agreeing to be her running mate, but I made a split with her during the campaign because of her off the wall and off the platform comments. However, even though privately and individually (for identification purposes only) the PFP will say there is “no interest” in nominating her again, I think it was a BAD mistake not to re-iterate our platform of Peace when she wished the non-Jews of Northern California would suffer a nuclear holocaust by nuking UC Davis.

    We support Palestinian rights and are against the policies of the Zionist apartheid state of Israel and are adamantly opposed to the use of nukes and conventional warfare.

  15. WBerg

    Sure he is! (note sarcasm) Unless you are an Arab or African immigrant. Two sets of laws equals apartheid- not democracy.

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