Dr. Anthony Fauci, according to conspiracy theorist Naomi Wolf, is beholden to Israel rather than the United States.
Wolf, an anti-vaccine activist who has also promoted conspiracy theories about ebola and ISIS, appeared Monday on Fox News to criticize pandemic restrictions promoted by Fauci. The one-time Democratic consultant said Fauci was “so conflicted” and doesn’t serve the cause of “public health for the American people.”
“He doesn’t work for us,” she said in a segment reposted by the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America. Among the examples of purported conflicts Wolf cited was an award that Fauci received from an Israeli university.
“He got a million dollars from the state of Israel for a humanitarian gift,” she said.
In fact, Fauci received the Dan David Prize, a prestigious $1 million award that comes not from the Israeli government but from Tel Aviv University. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was cited for achievement in public health and praised, according to a statement, for “speaking truth to power in a highly charged political environment.”
The Fox interviewer, conservative pundit Ben Domenech, did not respond to Wolf’s mention of Israel. Domenech said after the speech that Wolf’s mistrust towards public health controls would be “vindicated.”
Wolf has previously slammed Israel. In 2019, she responded to a Twitter poll asking, “Which nation poses the greatest threat to global peace?” with, “Where is Israel?”