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Breitbart’s Jerusalem Chief Boasts Of ‘Major Influence’ In Trump Era

The man running Breitbart’s Israel bureau is a Yeshiva U. graduate from Philadelphia who runs the outpost of the influential far-right media operation from his sunsplashed triplex apartment in Tel Aviv alongside a dog named for a machine gun.

Aaron Klein also shares a deep suspicion of Muslims with his ex-boss, Steve Bannon, who now works as a top aide to President Trump.

“We have major influence right now politically,” Aaron Klein told McClatchy Newspapers, while tending to Uzi.

In a long-ranging profile, Klein tells McClatchy he grew up as the oldest of 10 children in a modern Orthodox family. He began his journalism career while editing a student newspaper at Y.U.

Bannon hired Klein because the two men share views about the rise of “radical Islamic terrorism.” Breitbart Jerusalem reports from a pro-Israel, conservative angle which a senior editor-at-large called “unabashedly Zionist.”

Klein sees his bureau as evidence that Bannon is a supporter of the Jewish people.

“I was so frustrated and even hurt, in a way, that somebody so close to my, like Steve, who I know to be the exact opposite of anti-Semitic….would be smeared in this way,” Klein told McClatchy.

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