“Real Time” host Bill Maher weighed in on the Israel-Gaza conflict on Friday night after canceling last week’s show following his positive coronavirus test result.
He quickly attacked the “liberal media” for their coverage of the fighting.
“One of the frustrations I had while I was away was watching this war unfold in Israel… and it was frustrating for me because there was no one in the liberal media to defend Israel, really, ”Maher began at the roundtable.
“We’ve become this country now that we’re a little one-sided on this issue. And I would also like to say up front that I don’t think kids understand – and when I say kids, I mean younger generations – you can’t learn history with Instagram, ”added Maher, 65. “There just isn’t enough space.”
The host clashed with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who suggested that Israel had committed “possible war crimes” against Gaza.
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“Well, Gaza fired 4,000 rockets at Israel. What would you say Israel should have done instead of what they did?” Maher asked.
“I mean, international lawyers are pretty clear that they have the right to defend themselves … but it feels like their response was probably a war crime because they didn’t avoid the victims enough. civilians, ”replied Kristof.
“There is a feeling that [Israel’s] the answer was probably a war crime because they did not sufficiently avoid civilian casualties.
“But they deliberately placed the rockets in civilian places,” Maher retorted. “It’s their strategy.”
The HBO star rebuffed the liberal narrative that Israel “stole” the land – with terms like “occupiers” and “apartheid” being used.
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“The Jews have been in this part of the world since around 1200 BC, long before the first Muslim or Arab walked the earth.… I mean, Jerusalem was their capital. So if that’s who happened first, it’s not even close, ”Maher said. “The Jews were the ones who were occupied by everyone; the Romans took over at one point, then the Persians and the Byzantines, and then the Ottomans. So yes, there was colonization there. From the 19th century, they began to return to Palestine, which was never an Arab country. There has never been a country called Palestine that was a separate Arab country.
“The Jews have been in this part of the world since around 1200 BC… so if it’s ‘Who came first?’ it’s not even close. ”
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Maher then pulled out two maps comparing the Israeli-Palestinian territories proposed by the United Nations in 1947, pointing out that the Arabs would have had “the good part of the country” compared to Israel’s contemporary borders.
“Bella Hadid and her friends would run screaming towards Tel Aviv if they ever had to live in Gaza.”
“Isn’t it up to the people who rejected the half-bread and continue to attack… The Hamas charter says they just want to annihilate Israel. Their negotiating position is ‘You all die,’ ”Maher said. “The two-state solution has been on the table several times. There could be an Arab capital in East Jerusalem now if Yasser Arafat accepted it in 2003. He didn’t.
“I mean, they rejected that and went to war over and over again,” he continued, “And, you know, when it comes to Gaza, it’s amazing to me that progressives think that they are progressive in taking it next to that, the Bella Hadids of the world, these influencers. I just want to say that in February of this year a Hamas court ruled that a single woman cannot travel to Gaza without the permission of a male guardian. Really? This is where the progressives are? Bella Hadid and her friends would run screaming to Tel Aviv if they ever had to live in Gaza. “
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Kristof attempted to defend Hadid, saying he “did not perceive” that the model was defending Hamas but rather spoke for the “57 children of Gaza” who were killed in the midst of the conflict. Maher pushed back, pointing to Hadid’s chant, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” a slogan that has long been interpreted as the elimination of the Jewish state.
Maher continued to castigate the idea that Israel is a so-called “apartheid”, arguing that it is very different from the actual apartheid of South Africa which was controlled by Britain and Holland which “Had no rights to the land”.
“The Israelis, they made mistakes, but it is an ‘apartheid’ state because they continue to be attacked!” exclaimed Maher. “If they don’t keep a tight lid on this shit, they get killed! Sounds like something different!”
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