August 18, 2009, - 12:58 pm

Noted Anti-Semite Dead: Conservatives & Pat Buchanan Lament Friend of HAMAS, Robert Novak; Couldn’t Answer My Israel Questions

By Debbie Schlussel

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You won’t see me among the many conservatives crying over the passing of noted anti-Semite and open friend of HAMAS, Robert Novak.  I couldn’t care less if he was a conservative.  That makes his open anti-Semitism and wish for Israel’s death no less offensive, no less noxious, no less disgusting.  (I had my own personal encounter with him and his anti-Israel baloney.  More on that below.)


Robert Novak, “Prince of Darkness”:

Noted Jew-Hater is Dead

And spare me the “give it time until he’s been buried” and forgotten BS.  This needs to be said–and it needs to be said now, while a bunch of ignoramuses on the right are lamenting this “great man,” who wasn’t great at all, as some sort of saint he wasn’t (predictably among these is Michelle Malkin, who is telling people to ignore the truth about Novak–she did something similar with Islamic terrorist lover and enabler Henry Hyde, and she also did it with Hezbollah’s and Arafat’s fave criminal thug Congressman, Darrell Issa;  also predictable, complete ignoramus Ed Morrissey who works for Malkin, praised Obama’s sickening speech to the Muslim world, and constantly panders to pan-Muslim Grover Norquist).

All of them who praised and more than tolerated Novak in life are either the same ones who would jump all over liberals and lefties who said the same anti-Semitic, pro-HAMAS garbage he uttered.  Or they are anti-Semites of a similar stripe, like Sean Vannity’s friend, pro-Hitler Pat Buchanan (the Vietnam War draft dodger who claimed Jews didn’t fight in America’s wars; tell it to my cousin, who was served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and my dad, who proudly served during Vietnam while Pat Buchanan dodged the draft).

Sorry he had cancer and died.  But that doesn’t erase for a single second who Robert Novak really was in life and good health.  In fact, Novak was a vessel of hate–hatred for Jews (he was one but hated us so much he converted away), hatred of Israel, and love for Hate, Inc. a/k/a HAMAS and every other Islamic terrorist group he openly and happily embraced on CNN’s “Crossfire” when he hosted it, in his columns, and to anyone who would listen.

He shamelessly announced on “Crossfire”:

There are many Americans who support HAMAS, and I am one of them.

In a 2007 appearance on “Charlie Rose” on PBS, he attacked “the Jewish Community” and its “influence” on “both parties.”  He said he agreed with all of the vehemently anti-Israel columns written by his former partner Roland Evans.

Israel. We—the “Evans and Novak” columns—we ran hundreds of columns critical of Israel, all of them written by Rolly Evans. But I agreed with him. . . . Rolly became very committed on the issue.

Full transcript here.

Here’s more of Bob Novak’s scintillating gems, from his syndicated column and elsewhere:

*  On 9/11, Novak blamed Israel for the attacks, saying it “had the most to gain.”  Just two days after the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attacks on America, Novak was the first to call the attacks “an inside job” and blamed the attacks on the U.S. relationship with Israel.

* In 2007 column, Novak wrote that Israel’s policies were “worse than apartheid,” claiming that Israel also oppressed Christians, and that the real peace-seekers were HAMAS. As if. He also called on President Bush to pressure Israel, decrying that he wasn’t.

* In a December 2001 column written less than two months after the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attacks on America, he called HAMAS terrorists, “freedom fighters.” Yup, he took his cues from CAIR and other Muslim extremists (redundant phrase).

* Former New York Mayor Ed Koch details a Novak appearance on CNN’s “Capital Gang”:

Two weekends ago, I watched ‘Capital Gang’ on CNN, featuring Robert Novak. I’ve known Novak for many years. . . . Novak has always been . . . hostile to the State of Israel.

On his Nov. 24 show, Novak went ballistic in his ill will toward Israel. While discussing the Israeli assassination of Mahmoud Abu Hanoud, a senior military leader of Hamas on the West Bank directly responsible for dozens of Israeli civilian deaths, Novak denounced Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for ordering Hanoud’s assassination. Novak’s colleague, Margaret Carlson, rightly called Hanoud a terrorist, and Novak defended him as a freedom fighter. Carlson responded, “Bob, you’re the only person who would call Hamas freedom fighters.”

“Oh, no,” Novak rejoined. “People all over the world do.”

*  In a 2007 column he said Israel was “Worse than Apartheid,” stating:

Jimmy Carter raised hackles by titling his book about the Palestinian question ‘Peace Not Apartheid.’ But Palestinians allege this is worse than the former South African racial separation.

* In December 2003, during a CNN appearance, he blamed Israel for the Iraq war (despite the fact that Israel opposed it and was forced to give concessions–i.e., Gaza–for America to get lip-service Arab support to fight it).

It’s sad that I have to cite the work of Ira Forman of the National Jewish Democratic Council on this–the “work” of Robert Novak.  But on Bob Novak, he is right, and cites far more of Novak’s outrageous comments.  And I have to cite him because no prominent conservatives or Republicans have ever had the guts to call Bob Novak on this–praising Jimmy Carter’s anti-Israel books, calling HAMAS “freedom fighters,” etc.

This is a conservative you want to lament and, in his death, exalt him to a greatness that, for him, never existed?  Good luck with that.  It makes you–all of you who regret this jerk’s passing–hypocrites.  It gives you no moral highground when the Barack Obamas and Cynthia McKinneys of this world embrace HAMAS or the idea of negotiating with Iran, HAMAS’ sponsor.

When I worked for Weekly Standard Editor Fred Barnes (then at The New Republic), and he and I would go to his weekly tapings of “McLaughlin Group,” I saw and heard Bob Novak in action with his verbal anti-Israel screeds.  You could tell he hated that he was born a Jew, that even though he converted he looked like a Jew.  He was disgusted with every Jewish aspect about him.  And that disgust carried over into his reaction toward “the Jews” and toward Israel.  Someone needed to tell him that despite his uber-outrage against us, when the Nazis came, they’d be rounding us both up for the camps and ovens.

That same summer, 1989, I attended the conservative National Journalism Center school, and Novak was a speaker.  I asked him, since he was such an anti-Communist, why he would openly support Yasser Arafat and the P.L.O.–who were sponsored and funded by the Soviets and had trained with other Communists around the world that he (Novak) hated, including Daniel Ortega’s Sandinistas, Castro’s thugs, the East Germans, etc.  I asked him, given those things, why he would side with Arafat and the PLO and oppose our only democratic, capitalist ally in the Middle East, Israel.  And I asked him to name a single other communist group he supported in the world.

He sputtered to give a response, because he and I both knew the truth:  he simply hated Jews.  Instead of openly admitting that, he struggled to come up with a credible answer on Israel and couldn’t.  So, he just mumbled something about having supported, in years past, a Turkish military junta that was Communist in its bent.

Yes, this is the real Bob Novak, a sputtering Jew hater, who may have been right on some things, but whose hatred was readily over looked by conservatives who continue to not just tolerate–but embrace and promote– this same hatred, today, from the likes of Patrick J. Buchanan (and his pro-Hitler book), Darrell Issa, and similar other malefactors on the right.

I wish I could say I want Bob Novak to rest in peace.  But if I did, I’d be lying to you.  In fact, I hope he meets some of the blown-to-bits innocent victims of HAMAS–the “peaceful” group he said he supported–on his way down under.

There won’t be any 72 virgins where he’s going, despite what his HAMAS and P.L.O. friends might have told him.  And I hope he brought his summer clothes.

It’s very hot in hell.

****  UPDATE:  One thing I forgot to put in this column, which I’ll add now:  Robert Novak desperately wanted to be a WASPy patrician like his writing partner Rowland Evans.  But even after he adopted his Jew-hating tone and converted away to Catholicism, Novak lamented that Rowland Evans never socialized with him away from work, never invited him to his fancy parties at his tony Georgetown home.  Because, you see, no matter how much Bob Novak hated himself and wanted to get away from being a Jew, his anti-Semitic partner–to whom he pandered and like whom he desperately wanted to be–still saw him as a dirty Jew.  Sometimes justice is poetic, indeed.

****  UPDATE #2:  Read more about Bob Novak’s anti-Semitism, hatred of Israel, how conservatives are whitewashing it, and how Novak was hardly conservative–supporting amnesty for illegal aliens and compared those of us who oppose that to supporter of apartheid.  Also, read about how Robert Novak was the father of 9/11 trutherism and was the first to call 9/11 “an inside job.” The truthers are mourning him.  Why are conservatives?

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105 Responses

Telling the truth can be lonely at times. But its the duty of an honest man to state it as George Orwell said. Debbie observed he hated Jews. Another truth is he also hated America. This is a role model for conservatives? From his lifetime of writing and interviews, you’d be pardoned to believe he said anything great about this country when he wasn’t bashing Israel. Hell is indeed where he belongs and when he was alive he was not a saint. Just the exact opposite. And from a personal point of view, he just wasn’t a likable human being. I had to state all this and those who don’t like it, well I don’t agree with them simply because they will never see the obvious about Novak.

NormanF on August 19, 2009 at 1:11 pm

THANK YOU!!! Conservatives like Malkin are singing his praise just because of Novak’s own political label. Most people know about Pat Buchanan’s deplorable views and rightfully criticize him. Malkin simply didn’t do her research.

I agree with NormanF that Novak had nothing positive to say about the US. But what’s more pressing, Novak was born Jewish, converted to Christianity and bashed Israel. There’s a good word for sellouts like Novak: Kapo! Let him rot in hell.

Fellow Wolverine on August 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm

A perfect example of the self-loathing Jew. Born Jewish, he converted to Catholicism in 1998. You’re right Debbie, there are some people that don’t deserve the usual time given after one’s death before speaking out. Novak, the worst kind of anti-Semite, simply hated Jews no different than the nazis or jimmah (“I never met a Jew I liked”) carter.

Marc on August 19, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I’m fed up with fake or egregiously misguided conservatives such as Bob Novak, Pat Buchanan, Peggy Noonan, Kathleen Parker, and Joe Scarborough.

Scott Spiegel on August 19, 2009 at 7:39 pm

I thought I was the only one who noticed this…

Thank you for not being conventional.

Yosef on August 20, 2009 at 6:54 am

I agree with your views on Novak. I think that he must have had serious psychological issues with his Jewishness caused by something in his childhood. I have no idea what it was, but I always had the impression that he had some kind of irrational, deep-seeded resentment towards his Jewishness that had to have been caused by something substantial in his upbringing.

I know from having seen the outreach work in the orthodox Jewish communities that perhaps if he were presented with opportunities in his adult life to re-explore his Jewishness and see all the wonderful things Judaism has to offer, he might have lost his anger and perhaps even come to embrace his Jewish origins. Perhaps he was offered these chances but just never accepted them — I don’t know.

But the irony is that while his anti-semitic colleague Rowland Evans didn’t want him over to his house after work hours because he was still a Jew, he would have been more than welcome at any rabbi’s house for Shabbos–because he was still a Jew.

Thanks again, though, for being the only person willing to broach the subject of Novak’s Jewish self-hatred. When a person dies it is not uncommon to reflect on the tragedies of the person’s life, and that was certainly a great tragedy about the life of Robert Novak.

Adam Fuller on August 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you. Pat was a horrible human being.

    Occam's Tool on February 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm


KIM F on August 20, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Patrick McCarty, it’s people like YOU who mourn the fact that your heroes surrendered, unconditionally to the US, UK and commies on May 7th, 1945.

Sadly for you, the Israelis are not the unarmed Jews of WW2 nazi vermin infested europe.

E: Thanks for your response. Patrick McCarty’s anti-Semitic, false comment was deleted. We don’t tolerate Jew-hatred on this site. And we don’t tolerate liars. Many Jews from all over the world fought in World War II, and many of them were heroes, like my friend, Benno Levi, whose actions saved the lives of his fellow American soldiers. It’s interesting to note that McCarty notes he’s a fan of Pat Buchanan and Robert Novak. Yet another illustration of the vile, anti-Semitic vermin who are their fans. DS

Edward on August 22, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Patrick McCarty, A simple question.

Who declared War on who first?

– Did the US declare War on national SOCIALIST Germany first?


– Did national SOCIALIST Germany declare War on the US first?

I hope your klan lets you answer this little question honestly.

Edward on August 23, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Nazi Germany declared war on the USA on 12/11/41, four days after Pearl Harbor. Only after Hitler acted first did we reciprocate.

    Alan Smith on October 15, 2009 at 1:07 pm

I agree and thanks for pointing it out. However you were to rough on Bob Grant.

Mark on August 27, 2009 at 10:23 pm

This seems to have much more conjecture than fact. It’s very sad that you obviously are very affected by Mr. Novak emotionally. Perhaps you can take comfort in the fact that your reactions lack any actual experiences with and knowledge of the man they attack? Stereotypes always seem more like cardboard cutouts than real people, don’t they?

Kosher PR on August 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Thanks for a fabulous piece of journalism. Before reading it, I saw Novak as just ugly and mean but never realized what an anti-Semite he was. Maybe Pastor Pete Peters will miss him but not I.

Alan Smith on October 15, 2009 at 1:02 pm

—Why wasting time with this tired, toxic inter-basting nullity when Hollywood, media —and NOW our entire economy
is in dumb-down, sellout and fold before history’s
–MOST– awesomely genocidal —and completely intact
-genocidal regime –ACROSS the Pacific?


tiger tim on April 16, 2010 at 6:12 am


Amazed NONE of you are catching on about Buchanan!

FACT IS –‘Populist/America Firster’ Pat is very, very
much acting the ‘Conservative’ frontman, blindside and
apologist for our disastrous, perhaps lethal, decades long sellout and suck-up to history’s –MOST– awswesomely genocidal regime -bar none! —ACROSS the Pacific.

“the Americans came just like a whore,
all dressed up and knocking at our back door–”
-Chou En Lai
Nixon/MAO SUmmit

—PAT was there! -and has been riding cover ever

In this he’s reading from the very same playbook
as the lowest mercenary sleaze in our PC franchise
slum movie industry and media.

WWII is being flagrantly used, by Left and Right alike
as the cheeziest of moral alibis in facing this looming, indeed, gargantuan issue —even as millions continue to suffer and die on this, the once again
‘mysteriously overlooked’ 60th Anniversary of the
astoundingly relevant —STILL unfolding —KOREAN WAR.

-Need we say more?

tiger tim on May 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm

A Catholic monsignor on Leon Charney’s show said a year or two ago that the worst anti-Semite is a former Jew. Such was Robert Novak.

Are you aware that Glenn Beck on Fox News was talking about “Liberation Theology” this past mid-July and he actually came out and said that the Jews killed Jesus? He is no better.

Barbara Hock on August 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm

In all fairness, Glenn Beck apologized for his remarks about Jews and Jesus. He said he was misunderstood. He should be given the benefit of the doubt.

Barbara Hock on August 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

Forgive me—Robert was a horrible human being; I expect Pat Buchanan will join him in hell.

Occam's Tool on February 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Nice work Debbie. As clear and forthright as one could ask for.

Barry on August 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Nice column Debbie. I love reading the truth, unvarnished and with no BS.

Barry on August 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Not everyone cares about Jews. I would rather hit anyone, with a bus I am driving, that associates themselves with any religious group. Religion is childish nonsense.

Jews are the very worst about thinking people should consider them normal, when they are anything but normal.

steve on April 14, 2016 at 9:53 pm

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