CNN’s left-wing activism has become increasingly obvious and an exchange between anchor Brianna Keilar and an Israeli spokeswoman over the alleged deaths of large numbers of children in Gaza is just the latest example.
Tal Heinrich, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on Tuesday’s edition of “CNN News Central” where the topic was the war between the Jewish democracy and the Hamas terror organization that attacked it in a bloody October raid in which over a thousand Israelis were slaughtered, including children.
Asked about whether the ongoing bombing was creating more terrorists by radicalizing the population of Gaza, Heinrich tried to explain the concept of deprogramming those who have been indoctrinated to hate the Jewish state and its people.
But she was rudely cut off by the co-anchor who sought to shame her over the number of children who have been killed during the campaign in Gaza, a potent propaganda tool wielded by Hamas sympathizers calling for a ceasefire.
“Tal, when you see those pictures coming out of Gaza, do you see why some people don’t have hope looking at those pictures?” Keilar asked.
“Well, we are in the middle of a war that Israel did not start, and did not want,” Heinrich said, as Keilar talked over her.
“It is prosecuting it forcefully, and you see the pictures here,” Keilar shot back as images of the devastation were shown on screen.
“When Hamas started this war — hope and peace and a better future for the region — that is the greatest enemy of terrorists. Once we eliminate these terrorists, we eliminate the rule,” Heinrich responded. “We hope that there will be other voices, pragmatic ones that want to work with us towards peace. This is what we want. We want to live in this region peacefully. That’s what Israelis have always wanted.”
“But first, Hamas must be gone, and then we hope that the Palestinian society will de-radicalize,” she explained. “We can’t have — what our troops are finding right now, on the ground, in certain neighborhoods in Gaza, pictures of children, women with guns, Hamas uniform tailored for children and Hamas terrorists that we have arrested…”
Keilar again cut her off, “Does that make the children justifiable enemies to you? Is that what you’re saying? Does that make all of the children justifiable enemies to you? I mean, you’re raising the specter of them being used in military uniform.”
“This is not what I’m saying. I’m saying that a Hamas terrorist we are interrogating has admitted in the interrogation that Hamas are exploiting children, they’re using them to transport ammunition. That is outrageous! Where is UNICEF? No, of course not,” Heinrich answered, shooting down the suggestion that the Israeli government considers children to be legitimate targets, a Hamas talking point.
“Israel does its best to minimize civilian casualties by dropping leaflets, sending text messages and using other means to warn Gazans to get out of harm’s way. Hamas by contrast does its utmost to keep Palestinians in harm’s way—often at gunpoint,” Netanyahu wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.
“Unjustly blaming Israel for these casualties will only encourage Hamas and other terror organizations around the world to use human shields. To render this cruel and cynical strategy ineffective, the international community must place the blame for these casualties squarely on Hamas. It must recognize that Israel is fighting the bigger battle of the civilized world against barbarism,” the Israeli prime minister said.
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