The Elders of Zion

Yes, I know about the early twentieth-century document
whose title included that noun phrase.
But should the use of that noun phrase
in that one particular discredited document
preclude evermore the use of that noun phrase,
however plausibly descriptive it might be?

Here is an article describing a situation where I think
the phrase is entirely appropriate,
its historical use notwithstanding.

George W. Bush advising Jeb Bush on Israel is a problem,
but not for the reason you think

By Daniel W. Drezner
Washington Post Blog, "PostEverything", 2015-05-08

The GOP has migrated so close to Israel
that even George W. Bush
is viewed as soft on the land of milk and honey.

[The above statement and emphasis was on the Post's web page;
the emphasis in the blog excerpts below
is added by the current author.]


[T]he problem George W. Bush poses for Jeb is that
the current GOP donor base could think that
Bush 43 was soft on Israel.

That’s crazy talk, I know.
After all, Bush was known for being a stalwart friend of Israel while in office.
He backed Israel to the hilt during that country’s 2006 operations against Hezbollah.
Costa and Gold quote Danielle Pletka saying,
“people who are supportive of Israel remember him as supportive of Israel.”

And yet… Bush did not always see eye-to-eye with Israel.

[The ensuing passage in Drezner’s article
reminds one of a passage from
Avi Shlaim’s review of George W. Ball's book, The Passionate Attachment
(the emphasis again is added by the current author):

Even some of Israel's most devoted friends in America would admit that
she is not the most gracious or grateful of partners.
Henry Kissinger, a leading advocate of the strategic partnership with Israel,
had this to say on Israeli negotiating tactics:
'In the combination of single-minded persistence and convoluted tactics,
the Israelis preserve in the interlocutor only
those last vestiges of sanity and coherence needed to sign the final document.'
No less revealing is Kissinger's comment on Yitzhak Rabin,
the present prime minister who had served as ambassador to Washington in the early 1970s:
Yitzhak had many extraordinary qualities,
but the gift of human relations was not one of them.
If he had been handed the entire 'United States Strategic Air Command'
as a free gift he would have
(a) affected the attitude that at last Israel was getting its due, and
(b) found some technical shortcoming in the airplanes
that made his accepting them a reluctant concession to us.

[Anyhow, the Daniel W. Drezner column concludes with:]

[G]iven the current state of GOP thinking,
I [Drezner] do wonder if GOP donors will view George W. Bush
to be a true friend of Israel.

["GOP donors"?
No doubt that is part of their persona,
but their attitudes described above
seem to me to justify the "Elders of Zion" appellation,
its historical usage notwithstanding.]