Elon Musk visited Israel.

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(CNN) -- Elon Musk is attempting to make amends for his mistakes, or at least do damage control, after endorsing an anti-Semitic post on his platform X, formerly Twitter.

Musk, however, isn't actually properly apologizing or doing much of nothing to address his own repeated vile actions or the bigotry that has gripped X since he took the reins of the social network.

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This week he visited Israel, a nation in the midst of a bloody war, to demonstrate, as he put it, that "actions speak louder than words."

Unfortunately for Musk, both his actions and his words are hateful.

Musk's latest trouble began when an X user took aim at the platform's anti-Semites, posting: "To the cowards who hide behind the anonymity of the internet and post 'Hitler was right': Do you have anything to say? Why don't they say it to our faces?"

Another responded, "Okay. Jewish communities (sic) have been promoting exactly the kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them. I'm deeply disinterested that I now give a f***ing shit that Western Jewish populations come to the disturbing realization that those hordes of minorities they support flooding their country don't exactly like them too much."

In response, Musk retorted, "You've told the real truth."

And then he went further, saying that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) "unfairly attacks the majority of the West," by denouncing anti-Semitism. Musk stated, "This is because [the ADL] cannot, on its own principles, criticize minority groups that are its main threat."

Jewish groups were quick to point out that the statement Musk endorsed as "the real truth" is actually a version of a racist conspiracy theory. The idea is that Jews are letting immigrant invaders into the country to strip whites of their power and destroy white culture.

And it's not just some fans joking around on social media. This ugly "Great Replacement" theory has been behind mass shootings targeting specific racial or ethnic groups, such as the one at a supermarket in Buffalo in which 10 Black shoppers and employees were killed.

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The reaction to Musk's comments about X was swift. Advertisers pulled their X campaigns, and Musk came under international criticism.

Musk traveled to Israel to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visit a kibbutz attacked by Hamas on Oct. 7, and meet some of the relatives of the hostages taken by Hamas that day. Musk and Netanyahu held a live conversation on X, during which Musk, referring to Hamas, said, "Those who seek to assassinate must be neutralized. Then the propaganda must stop."

He added that Gaza needs to be made "prosperous," and "If (everything) happens, I think it will be a good future," noting that he would "love to help."

What a joke.

Musk's visit to Israel was transparently transactional and downright insulting. The anti-Semitic sentiment Musk endorsed had nothing to do with Israel; "replacement theory" is generally an unsubstantiated claim that Jews and other immigrants in the U.S. and Europe are destroying Western civilization.

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Meeting with a billionaire to save his reputation should not be a priority for Israeli leaders, who are now still negotiating the return of dozens of Israelis being held hostage by Hamas and overseeing a devastating war in Gaza that has killed thousands of innocent civilians and displaced many more. A chat with Musk and a personal visit to the devastation of Hamas seems like he could have waited.
A visit to Israel in the middle of a war doesn't even come close to solving the root problem of anti-Semitism, and it shouldn't absolve Musk of responsibility for his own words and actions.

Under Musk's leadership, X has become a swamp of prejudice and bigotry. Well-known neo-Nazis and white supremacists have taken back their accounts. Members of the Islamic State returned to the platform and some QAnon conspiracy theorists have been allowed to pay for verification badges on the site.

In the months following Musk's takeover, hate speech on the site increased: racial slurs against Black people tripled and anti-Semitic messages increased by 61%, according to a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH). Musk's response? He sued the CCDH.

"X is a free public service funded largely by advertisers," X said in a blog post about the lawsuit. "Through the CCDH's fear campaign and its continued pressure on brands to prevent the public's access to free expression, the CCDH is actively working to impede public dialogue."

This month, the progressive watchdog group Media Matters published a report showing that several ads appeared alongside anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi messages on X. Musk's response to that report? He sued Media Matters.

Earlier this year, the ADL released a report documenting an increase in anti-Semitic content in X under Musk's ownership. Musk threatened to sue them as well, blaming the organization for a huge drop in X's ad sales.

Musk has pledged his "free speech absolutism," not to make significant efforts to ban white supremacists and neo-Nazis, but to prevent them from being used in X terms widely adopted by the pro-Palestinian movement, such as "decolonization" and "from the river to the sea."

Many people find these terms deeply offensive when applied to Israel, as they suggest the end of the Jewish state and the likely expulsion of millions of Jews from the region. But banning these words after having supported anti-Semitism is quite ironic. And even more ironic to see a number of opportunists and enablers allow Musk to continue this charade. Netanyahu is simply the most recent. Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of ADL, is another. Despite his own organization documenting widespread anti-Semitism in X and Musk threatening to sue them for exposing it, Greenblatt nevertheless responded to the ban on "decolonization" and "river to sea" by applauding Musk for his "leadership in the fight against hate."

Musk still hasn't bothered to apologize or take any responsibility for his statements or his company's anti-Semitism problem. However, he has found time to post more vile content on X.

This is nothing new. Musk has a long history of making bigoted statements or supporting the bigoted statements of others. He seems to have a special anger for George Soros, the Hungarian financier and philanthropist who survived the Nazi occupation in the 1940s. Soros has become the subject of numerous far-right and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Musk has compared Soros to a Jewish supervillain and said he hates humanity and "wants to erode the very fabric of civilization."

After "Dilbert" creator Scott Adams racistically ranted that Black Americans were a "hate group" that people should "f* away from," Musk defended him, tweeting that the "media is racist." Later, he added that while Adams' comments were "not good," they expressed an "element of truth."

There's that word from Musk again: "truth." He is showing us, over and over again, that what he believes to be true is profoundly ugly, bigoted, and false. We should hear and understand that the richest man in the world says exactly what he wants to say.

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