May 19, 2021 – CGTV, a Chinese propaganda media outlet produced a segment for their BizBeat show in which they asked “Why does the U.S. act as a diplomatic shield for Israel?” The bizarre segment sparked outrage and allegations of racism from the Israeli Foreign Ministry, demanding the video be taken down.
Lahov Harkov of the Jerusalem Post reports:
Israel is a US military proxy that enjoys US support because of the influence of wealthy Jews, Chinese government-affiliated English-language news channel CGTN said Tuesday in a video posted online.In a video titled ‘Why does the US act as a diplomatic shield for Israel?’ presenter Zheng Junfeng floated a version of the theory, found in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and other antisemitic tracts, that Jews control government policies by nefarious means.The video opened by describing China’s anger with the US for blocking a UN Security Council resolution against Israel this week and questioning why successive US presidents have supported Israel.‘Some people believe that US pro-Israel policy is traceable to the influence of wealthy Jews in the US and the Jewish lobby on US foreign-policy-makers,’ Zheng said.The CGTN presenter said there are ‘over five million Jewish people in the US,’ and that 18 of the top 40 people on the Forbes World’s Billionaires List are Jewish.There are, in fact, more than seven million Jews in the US, and eight of the Forbes top 40 richest people are Jewish, by The Jerusalem Post’s count. Also, the Forbes list is of billionaires around the world and not just in the US.The discrepancy may be an apparent attempt to make Jewish influence seem even more disproportionate and therefore ill-begotten.‘Jews dominate finance, media and Internet sectors,’ Zheng said. ‘So, do they have powerful lobbies like some say? Possibly.’Zheng then reversed his theory and posited that Israel is an American puppet.‘The US [has] used Israel as an instrument for advancing geopolitical interest in the Middle East since the 1960s,’ he said.The CGTN presenter described the 1967 Six Day War as follows: ‘The self-proclaimed Jewish state defeated Arab nationalism in the June war. Arab nationalism is the idea that the Middle East should exist for Arabs, not Jewish settlers and US oil companies.’‘Apparently the US did not like that idea, and Israel did a great service to Washington and US oil interests,’ he added. ‘Ever since then, Israel has become a US beachhead.’Zheng said Israel ‘functioned as a US proxy when [the] Pentagon was constrained by US law.’The video was tweeted by CGTN, which has 13.5 million Twitter followers. The channel is owned by Chinese state media China Central Television, which is under the Chinese Communist Party’s Propaganda Department. – JPost
While the CCP is hardly a reliable source, there are legitimate questions about the influence of groups like AIPAC, which clearly acts as a foreign lobby and yet somehow avoids registration under FARA.
China has called for a ceasefire, and the segment mentions the United Nations Security Council has shared that call, claiming the reason the U.S. has not done so is due to the influence of powerful lobbies like AIPAC.
China is currently vying to replace the United States as the world superpower. They have been completing head-to-head with the U.S. and trying to disparage them. However, Israel and China have established close ties. Israel signed on to China’s massive infrastructure project, the Belt and Road Initiative and earlier last year Israel turned over control of its Haifa port from the U.S. Navy to the Chinese Navy.