Bill Maher, host of “Real-Time,” chimed in on the Israel-Gaza crisis Friday night, after his cancellation of last week’s program due to a positive covid-19 test result.
He immediately chastised the “liberal media” for their coverage of the violence.
He said that one of his disappointments while he was away, was watching this conflict in Israel and for him, it was irritating because there was no one on liberal media to support Israel.
Maher said that as a country we have come to an extent that we have a lopsided stance on this issue. He also asserted that according to him the youth of today won’t understand this. He said one can not understand history via Instagram.
The presenter squared off against New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof, who said that Israel committed potential war crimes on Gaza.
Bill Maher also said that Gaza, on the other hand, launched 4,000 rockets towards Israel. He asked what Israel should have done rather than what they did?
Kristof, however, intervened and said that international attorneys, for example, are very explicit that they do have a right to self-defense. However, there is a view that their action was definitely a war crime due to their failure to prevent civilian losses enough.
Maher said that they deliberately placed the rockets in residential areas and that was the plan.
The HBO actor rebutted the leftist notion that Israel “stole” the country, using phrases like “apartheid” and “occupiers”.
Bill Maher said that the Jews have lived in that part of the globe since around 1200 B.C., long before the first Muslim or Arab walked the globe. Therefore, if it is a matter of who arrived first, it is not even close. The Jews were occupied by everyone; the Romans took control, followed by the Persians, the Byzantines, and finally the Ottomans. Thus, colonization occurred there. They began returning to Palestine in the nineteenth century, which was never an Arab kingdom. Palestine was never a separate Arab nation.
Maher next displayed two maps contrasting the United Nations’ 1947 planned Israeli-Palestinian frontiers, emphasizing that the Arabs would have had the “best portion of the nation,” with Israel’s present boundaries.