With hostilities between Israel and Palestinian-controlled Gaza continuing, Geraldo Rivera and Katie Pavlich got into a heated exchange on the Fox News Channel, with the latter accusing the longtime correspondent of “repeating Hamas propaganda” after he claimed that the U.S. is “complicit in a crime against humanity.”
Rivera also seemed to be in denial that Hamas, Israel’s adversary in this conflict, has a history of using civilians, including children, as human shields for propaganda purposes, Pavlich implied.
“The Story” host Martha MacCallum began the segment on her show by acknowledging that Rivera sounded like he was sympathetic to the argument from anti-Israel Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) along with other members of “The Squad” that President Biden should block a pending $735 million weapons sale to the Jewish state.
“I am indeed,” Rivera responded, lamenting the difficult living conditions in Gaza.
The Hamas terrorist organization, which is reportedly backed by Iran, has fired an estimated 4,000 rockets at Israel during the recent violence, prompting a large-scale military response, including airstrikes, from Israel as a matter of national self-defense.
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Rivera claimed that it is outrageous for the U.S. to provide military aid to Israel “without insisting on a ceasefire now.”
Pavlich reminded Rivera and the viewers that Israel withdrew from Gaza back in 2005 “in return for peace. And the only thing they’ve received since then are rockets, terrorist attacks, and kidnappings of innocent Israeli citizens…”
“To ask for a cease-fire from the Israelis at this point in time because Hamas rockets are continuing to be fired is essentially asking the Israelis to stop defending themselves from terrorist attacks. It is Hamas who is firing on aid convoys trying to get into Gaza, not the Israelis, at this time…Asking for a cease-fire before Hamas has stopped is effectively saying we’re willing to let Israeli lives being spent on behalf of a terrorist organization.” Pavlich declared.
“We have dozens of Palestinian children killed in the last week with American bombs. I have no proposed solution to this conflict…I know this…the fact that the United States of America is providing Israel many of the weapons Israel is using today to kill Palestinian civilians without even demanding a cease-fire — Tlaib is right — that makes us complicit in an ongoing crime against humanity,” Rivera insisted.
Fox News contributor Pavlich wasn’t having it.
“That is such a dishonest argument to make, to accuse the Israelis and the Americans of deliberately targeting civilians when we know, we have it on video, we’ve known this for decades, that Hamas deliberately places military targets in schools, in media buildings, in hospitals…you are repeating Hamas propaganda,” she said.
She also noted that the Israeli military traditionally takes measures to minimize harm to civilians.
If it wasn’t for Iron Dome defense system technology that intercepts rocket attacks, many more casualties on the Israeli side likely would have occurred. As it is, thousands of families in Israel are huddling in bomb shelters as this crisis continues.
So far, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has resisted pressure from Biden to de-escalate the conflict. The Biden administration has already approved the above-mentioned potential sale of precision-guided weaponry to Israel.
In a reversal of Trump administration policy, Biden last month restored about $235 million in funding for the Palestinians, which includes $150 million to a United Nations agency that many believe is antagonistic toward Israel.
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