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Media Analyses





C-SPAN January – March 2015


 
 
Send your comments about C-SPAN's platform for the defamation of Israel and Jews to CAMERA:  c-span-watch@camera.org
 

March 28, 2015 – 7:26 a.m.

Host: PEDRO ECHEVARRIA (pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Religious freedom laws for businesses – your thoughts?

Caller: James from Texas (click here to view).

Off-topic, indulged caller bashes Israel and United States. Typically for C-SPAN, host accepts polemic without comment.

Caller: “Good morning, Pedro. Thanks for C-SPAN. This is just baloney. Anybody could use a religious excuse if they want to. If you look at the history of theocracy, it always turn to violence for those who disagree with them. Muslims, Jews, Christians have been murdering each other since they existed. It's absolutely crazy. We have legal slavery in this country. It doesn't make it right. We have legal segregation with Jim Crow and this country. It doesn't make it right. Just because you pass a law, it doesn't make it good. We should fear fundamentalism. If you remember, manifest destiny, we used the excuse of God to murder people and steal the country from them. We drove native Americans into genocide, using God as an excuse. They [Israelis] are doing the same thing against the Palestinians. Manifest destiny, God gave us this land. This is crazy. This is religious bigotry. Anybody that says anything different can try and sell you swamp land. I'm sorry.”

Host: “Freddie is up next.”

NOTE: Detached-from-reality caller, unchallenged by detached host, falsely equates Muslim/Jewish/Christian violence in a century in which Muslims have killed hundreds of thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims, while religiously motivated violence by Christians has been rare, limited and – as often has been the case historically with violence attributed only or primarily to religion – overlaid with politics, nationalism and other issues. Meanwhile, religiously-motivated violence by Jews against other Jews or non-Jews has been virtually non-existent for millennia. Likewise, caller falsely accuses Israel of genocide “against the Palestinians.” If so, it's been remarkably ineffective, given the explosive Palestinian Arab population growth during the years the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been or were under Israeli control. Meanwhile, as recently as this week, official "moderate" Palestinian Authority media in the West Bank have incited against Jews on religious grounds. In fact, this sort of incessant indoctrination has led to violence against Jews perpetrated by Palestinian Arabs. But such information is rarely if ever supplied in contradiction to erroneous Washington Journal callers.

Millions of Washington Journal potential viewers (C-SPAN claims 28 million weekly viewers) are routinely subjected to unanswered defamation of Israel and the Jewish people. No other ethnic or religious groups are routinely smeared like this on Washington Journal. C-SPAN executives Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy, like network founder Brian Lamb before them, stonewall public complaint on this matter.

March 28, 2015 – 9:04 a.m.

Host: PEDRO ECHEVARRIA (pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: MICHAEL RUBIN, American Enterprise Institute resident scholar.

Topic: Conflicts in the Middle East.

Host: Robert from Melbourne, Florida (click here to view).

Where C-SPAN hosts invariably fail to tread, guest appropriately identifies caller's remarks as antisemitic and racist.

Caller: “Hi, Mike. Correct me if I'm wrong – all 16 security agencies in the United States and the Israeli Mossad [intelligence agency] are in agreement that at this point, Iran has not taken any actions to make a nuclear device of any kind. Throw in the idea of mutual assured destruction, which has been in effect in the world for 70 years, if no one launches a nuclear missile at a superior power because they know they will be destroyed. We are supposed to believe that Iran will ramp up their nuclear powers and they don't care whether they live or die, just so they can launch a missile at an overpowering Israel and we will go to war – this is what is going to happen here because when this deal is broken up with Obama, at the end of the day, we will bomb Iran and that is what will happen, just like we bombed Iraq. We're supposed to believe this is the reason. Please explain this to me. Israel and Israeli lobbyists like you are manipulating this.“

Guest: “Actually, I don't work for an Israeli lobby and I would advise you to not look at someone with a Jewish last name and make assumptions – that is antisemitic and racist. Now, putting that aside, I want to correct you on some of the assumptions you stated as fact. Back in 2011, the International Atomic Agency published and annexed to its board of governor report – this is the November 2011 report -- you can Google IAEA Board of Governor report, November 2011 and there is a whole annex of possible military dimensions. The 2003 National Intelligence Estimate has concluded that Iran has been experimenting with nuclear weapons components. The 2003 IAEA report concluded that. The 2007 report concluded that they had ceased such work but what they don't agree on is if Iran had done this military nuclear work in the first place. They're asking for Iran to come clean about its past activities because that is necessary in order to verify that the secession continues. When it comes to this idea of mutually assured destruction, where this breaks down is, number one, the idea that it works if the Iranian state has another major uprising. It had major uprisings in 1999, 2001 and 2009. If this happens again, what is to stop the Revolutionary Guard from doing this [gaining control of and possibly using nuclear weapons]? The major concern of the United States is that if Iran develops nuclear weapons, it will feel to secure them behind this wall of deterrence that could [indistinct] and cause a cascade of proliferation and instability in the Middle East. Then all bets are off. One of the Iranian negotiators [indistinct] had said that North Korea is the regime to emulate rather than to condemn. Today, the intelligence community says that North Korea possesses nuclear weapons.”

NOTE: Guest's direct rebuke of caller's antisemitism and racism is what C-SPAN hosts ought to but rarely do when confronted with such allegations – and, given Washington Journal's de facto hospitality to such claims, this is often the case.

March 28, 2015 – 9:10 a.m.

Host: PEDRO ECHEVARRIA (pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: MICHAEL RUBIN, American Enterprise Institute resident scholar.

Topic: Conflicts in the Middle East.

Caller: Omar from Terre Haute, Indiana (click here to view).

Guest appropriately identifies anti-Israel caller “Omar” as “a purveyor of hate.” Omar, in a previous Washington Journal call, characteristically bashed Israel and defended Iran with respect to nuclear negotiations (click here to view).

Caller: “I will say what I hopefully need to say in 20 seconds or so. Not only have 16 intelligence agencies said that Iran does not have nuclear weapons. I remember seeing Hans Blix [former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)] on C-SPAN. Why don't you get somebody from the IAEA on television and ask them these questions? Mr. Rubin, it does not make one antisemitic to believe that you and William Kristol and David Frum and others are trying to push our country into fighting Israel's enemies. The latest one on the list is Iran. We love our country, unlike some of those names I mentioned, more than we love Israel. For you, two quick questions. Tell C-SPAN viewers how many nuclear weapons does Israel have, the only country in the Middle East who has them. Any high school student can do a Google search to find out what is the Samson option.”

Guest: “Thank you for your question. It does make you a purveyor of hate to assume that those who agree with you are the only ones who love their country and those who disagree with you are those that don't. I should note that recent polls have shown that 70 percent of Americans feel uncomfortable with the way this deal is going. I hate to think that 70 percent of Americans belong to some secret cabal that you and [previous caller] Robert are aware of.
 
The intelligence community has said that Iran does not have nuclear weapons right now but it has also said there after nuclear weapons capability. The biggest difference between the Iranian nuclear program and Israel's nuclear program is that Iran signed the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. If that is the legalistic answer you want, that is why there is so much concern. Also, Iran has threatened multiple times to use that. They have threatened to use nuclear weapons against Israel, arguing that one bomb could eradicate Israel and Israel responded and even if Israel responded with the Samson option or something like that with retaliation, the Islamic world was big enough to withstand that. While controversial, the former president of Iran said Iran is going to wipe Israel off the face of the map. Some scholars have said this is mistranslated. They said it meant to say that they will wipe Israel off the face of time. When you Google that phrase, you will find a number of photographs taken in Iran in which this phrase is used on banners and tipped over missiles and that is one of the reasons why there is such great concern. Not everything in the Middle East is the fault of or revolves around Israel. We look at the problems that exist in the Middle East and we find that Israelis and Saudis and Egyptians and Kuwaitis are all on the same side of this.”
 
Host (interjects Arab/Israel conflict seemingly aiming to negatively portray Israel): “There is a front page story in the Wall Street Journal taking a look at Israel and Palestine [Sic.] in terms of a Palestinian state. What is the context of what's going on in this story?”

Guest: “That is another sideshow going on in the Middle East. You've never seen such an active time. You have a great deal of frustration within the Obama administration with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and the policy of constructing settlements. The Palestinians, their current president has decided that the negotiations with the Oslo accords has not gotten them what they want to get so they will start undertaking unilateral actions at the United Nations. The reason the Israelis objected to this is because they see the United Nations as biased and the Oslo accords … [under them] everything needs to be addressed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority as previously agreed to and there's a need to outlaw this unilateral action. With Netanyahu last week being reelected, Obama was hoping that would not happen. Now faced with several more years of not only Prime Minister Netanyahu but a coalition that is more right wing in Israel than the previous coalition, Obama is starting to raise the possibility of not vetoing anti-Israel U.N. resolutions or abstaining.” [This would be a major reversal of American policy.]

March 26, 2015 – 7:13 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl charged with desertion.

Caller: Eric in Cedartown, Georgia (click here to view)..

Typically, C-SPAN host indulges off-topic, bizarre caller venting antisemitism and animosity toward Israel. Only belatedly does host Brawner terminate call and appropriately comment.

Caller: "This is just like Wall Street [New York City] where the little man gets no time. They call him [Bergdahl] traitor. They are the traitors. These people are just conspiring with Israel against the United States government. These people are the people that need to be dealt with. Bergdahl probably could have just had some kind of little psychotic episode. Something could have been wrong with him. He didn't have no intentions – he didn't have no secrets or nothing to give to these people. Please don't cut me off."

Host: "We are listening, Eric."

Caller: "These guys are traitors. Also, anytime anyone who comes in and questions the Israeli propaganda and stuff, you want to hang up on people and stuff. They are the real traitors, spying on the United States."

Host: "Alright; I'll tell you what, Eric. When you make generalizations about an entire group of people, that is when the host in this chair jumps in, because you sound – and people who have made those charges in the past sound – antisemitic. That's not our topic this morning. Let's stick to it and continue on."

NOTE: With the topic having nothing to do with Israel or its supporters, the timely, appropriate response by the host would have been to immediately rebuke the caller and cut him off when he revealed his antisemitism and Israel-phobia saying, "These people are just conspiring with Israel ..."

March 20, 2015 – 7:07 a.m.

Host: JOHN MCARDLE (jmcardle@eenews.net, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org). Guest host McArdle is a reporter for E & E Publishing which is mainly concerned with energy and climate policy.

Topic: Open phones – your top issues of the week.

Caller: John from Tampa,. Florida (click here to view).

Conspiracy mongering, repeat anti-Israel caller is at it again.

Caller: "Here we go again. The same neoconservative mindset that got us into Iraq, that wrongfully got us into Iraq, is being executed by these 46 [sic. 47] Republican senators. They basically want us to now attack Iran because that is the only option they are presenting us with. Basically, their motivation is to serve the Likud Party of Israel. Why not support the Labor Party of Israel, the peaceful people, the good party of Israel? I think it is terrible that these hawks, whether they be Israeli or American, the first thing they want is to attack Iran, they got us into Iraq, that was a disaster, and now they want to get us into another disaster, Iran. Thank you very much."

Host: "That's John in Tampa, Florida."

NOTE: Caller ignores bipartisan consensus to invade Saddam Hussein's Iraq in 2003, and claims most Republican members of the U.S. Senate want to serve a political party in a foreign country, and C-SPAN's host doesn't question him. Same host, McArdle, indulged same phoner in similar bashing of Israel on April 30, 2014 (9:06 AM). Click here to view.

March 20, 2015 – 7:34 a.m.

Host: JOHN MCARDLE (jmcardle@eenews.net, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org). Guest host McArdle is a reporter for E & E Publishing which is mainly concerned with energy and climate policy.

Topic: Open phones – your top issues of the week.

Caller: Anna from Athens, Ohio (click here to view).

Serial anti-Israel caller, whose invariably lengthy diatribes are always accepted without interruption by Washington Journal hosts. Here she again deceives, including about her own name. She also is allowed again to violate C-SPAN's ostensible one-call-per-30-days rule as this "Anna from Athens" called the previous day (March 19 at 7:30 a.m.) as "Kathleen from Dayton" (click here to view). She has numerous other priors (see NOTE below). Here, the phoner of many names and different hometowns delivers a two-minute rant containing numerous falsehoods and half-truths. The only foreign nation this caller ever faults is Israel.

Caller: "Yeah, good morning. I hope I get as much time as some of those fellows who were on and had great things to say or interesting. I have incredibly deep respect for President Obama – and Secretary Kerry, negotiating with Iran based on actual facts, not the unsubstantiated claims of [Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin] Netanyahu and the Israeli lobby in the U.S. based on the fact that Iran signed the [nuclear] nonproliferation treaty, has the legal right to enrich up to, I think, 20 percent, if it is for peaceful purposes.

The most ludicrous thing I find and I know many others find is that Israel, the very nation that sits on massive stockpiles of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and refuses to sign the nonproliferation treaty is the nation screaming about Iran. Andrea Mitchell's interview with Netanyahu yesterday was absurd because she sits there and she doesn't challenge him, saying ‘Why don't you guys signed the nonproliferation treaty?' And allows him to repeat unsubstantiated claims or false translations about what Iranian officials have said about Israel. They have never said 'We want to wipe Israel off the map.' Professor Juan Cole speaks five languages, one of them is Persian. Many people have accurately translated what the Iranian official said, the former Iranian president. She sat there and did not challenge Israel about why didn't they sign the nonproliferation treaty. We need to watch what Netanyahu does, not what he says. He has proven that through his actions that he does not support the two-state solution by continuing to build illegal settlements."

Host: "Anna, on that topic, the interview you are talking about is making a lot of the front pages of different national papers around the world …"

NOTE: This caller's similar and repeated allegations against Israel (and apologetics for Iran) have been debunked time and again in CAMERA's C-SPAN Watch. For example, regarding Iranian leaders' threats to destroy Israel, labeling it a "cancer" and predicting its demise. The Washington Journal host fails to ask the caller why Iran hid its nuclear program for years or why the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency repeatedly has reported that the country has not cooperated sufficiently to affirm that its nuclear efforts were indeed peaceful. He doesn't challenge her reliance on the notoriously anti-Israel Prof. Juan Cole. Neither does the host point out that though Israel reportedly has approximately 200 nuclear weapons, it has not threatened any other country with them, nor does he challenge her erroneous assertion that the Jewish state possesses "massive stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons." In short, no journalistic skepticism on the host's part, just another anti-Israel rant using C-SPAN, without challenge, as a propaganda platform.

"Anna" (of many aliases), is an Iran apologist from the political fringe, an obsessively anti-Israel repeat caller. Her lengthy, rambling, uninterrupted messages, in which she attempts to pass herself off as media-savvy – are always indulged rather than challenged or terminated in a timely manner by C-SPAN's hosts. Previous calls include: Dec. 31, 2014 (7:09 a.m.) as Kathleen from Dayton, Ohio (click here to view); Kay from Athens, Ohio on Aug. 7, 2014 (8:42 AM) (click here to view). Previously recently it was as "Hannah from Dayton, Ohio" on June 5, 2014 (8:50 AM), "Kathleen from Dayton, Ohio" on March 18, 2014 (7:09 AM), "Kathleen from Athens, Ohio" on March 16 (7:06 AM). In many similar calls monitored by CAMERA over the years, this caller has variously identified herself as: Kathleen, Patricia, Jackie, Kay, Kate, Ann, Mary, Hannah.

March 17, 2015 – 8:27 a.m.

Host: PEDRO ECHEVARRIA (pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: STEVE KING, U.S. Representative [Republican], Iowa

Topic: Review of foreign and domestic politics.

Caller: Richard from Annapolis, Maryland (click here to view).

C-SPAN's typical conspiracy mongering, blame-the-Jews-for-everything caller is refuted by guest.

Caller: "Congressman King, I only wish your name was up there with Bush and Walker [as a Republican candidate for U.S. president], you are knowledgeable – I've followed you over the years, you are consistent. America needs you."

Guest "Thank you."

Caller: "As far as this Iranian deal goes, [Israel's Prime Minister] Netanyahu, when he came to Congress, and before that AIPAC where 16,000 people cheered him on – you would have thought God walked in. Here's what I want you to not worry about. Don't worry about this treaty. Here's what's going to happen. You can bet the ranch that [Secretary of State] Kerry and the [Obama] administration is going to walk. They are going to say that Iran – we can't trust them etcetera, etcetera. We will walk from away from that treaty, and then we will try to turn around and blame it on the Republicans for interfering with the treaty with this letter [from 47 Republicans to Iran's leadership], which was totally insignificant. Therefore, Israel, who completely controls this country, totally controls this country."

Host: "What do you mean controls this country?"

Caller: "I want you to put this sign up in Congress: 'There's only one thing better than being a politician – and that's owning a politician.' This, unfortunately is congress today. Their campaigns are totally financed by the AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee] lobby. Therefore, I just want to reiterate again, don't worry about this treaty. It's not going to be signed. You can bet the ranch that Kerry and the administration are going to walk and give excuses that we couldn't get an airtight treaty, etcetera." 

Host: "Thanks caller."

Guest: "Well, you made your prediction and it won't be long and we will find out whether you are right or not. From my view, there is some influence in Congress from AIPAC – and I think it's real good. A lot of members of Congress are also influenced by other things that are significant and have much greater influence than AIPAC. I am one who supports Israel and their independence. I have watched the history of Israel from the time I was more or less a young lad, and identified with the courage and vision that shaped that country in the middle of enemies who try to annihilate them from the face of the Earth.

I watched as Arabs within Israel have been able to hold property, and are seated in the Knesset [national legislature] and on the [Israel's] Supreme Court, and have rights that other Israelis have. I've watched them as a target. I've watched as the United Nations move resolution after resolution – anti-Jewish resolutions. I've watched as antisemitism has grown throughout the world. We thought it was suppressed after World War II, instead it has grown. It is significant in Europe and it's growing there today. They [Israelis] are a free people. They are the outpost of freedom and democracy in the Middle East. America's security and their security are tied together in a lot of ways. They are willing to face down Iran. I don't think we should degrade the efforts on the part of Netanyahu to protect Israel. But let's see if your prediction is right. I will stand on the positions that I have taken. But always, I'm open to being re-informed. If you turn out to be right, I will re-assess."

NOTE: In a version of the infamous anti-Jewish canard, "the Jews control everything" (echoing Europe during and before the Holocaust – and the lead-up to genocidal Nazi Germany), the caller alleges that "Israel completely controls this country, totally" and he condemns the influence of AIPAC.

C-SPAN's anti-Israel conspiracy mongers repeatedly falsely claim a grossly exaggerated influence for AIPAC, such that it supposedly controls congressional Republicans and Democrats. As should be obvious, the two large parties, with tens of thousands of activists and millions of supporters, are "controlled" by no one, not even their top elected leaders. They are umbrella groups representing speaking for often internally divergent, sometimes competing interests. As for AIPAC, it is not a foreign agent. It does not represent the Israeli government nor any Israeli political party. Rather, AIPAC is a registered U.S. lobby, speaking for members united in support of strong U.S.-Israel ties. It is not financed through political action committees nor does it act like a political action committee. Examples of AIPAC opposition defeating a major American Middle East policy initiative are virtually non-existent. The organization's influence primarily is due to its presentation of facts to political leaders and the fact that a large majority of the American public, according to numerous polls, sides with Israel in its conflict with Arab neighbors. AIPAC may be one of the most influential foreign policy lobbies, but bigger groups with clout on broader legislation would include, for example, the American Association of Retired Persons, the Catholic Church in America, labor unions and the dairy lobby or the National Rifle Association. The anti-Israel phoners, while routinely condemning AIPAC, never mention the considerable influence of the petro-dollar funded pro-Arab lobby which influences Capitol Hill, the State Department, Pentagon and academia.

March 16, 2015 – 7:04 a.m.

Host: PAUL ORGEL (porgel@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Iran, White House, Congress – what's next?

Caller: Loraine from Alpine, California (click here to view).

This first caller of the day cued up quite early in the morning (prior to 4:04 a.m. her time) in order to accuse Republicans of engaging in a treasonous conspiracy with Israel. Host Orgel has always been generous in accepting such lunatic-fringe anti-Israel accusations. He did this throughout the program today as he has done in previous broadcasts (see NOTE below).

Caller: “I really agree with [Secretary of State Kerry]. I think that what the Republicans did with this letter [from 47 Republican U.S. senators headed by Senator Cotton, to the Iranian leadership asserting Congress' rights in the matter of treaties], I believe it was treasonous. I also, the reason why it is, it is obvious to me that they were acting in an attempt to advance the policy of a foreign government. That foreign government is Israel. I think that is very disturbing when we have people in our Senate that would take such action on behalf of a foreign government. Remember, they had just invited Netanyahu here a week prior. Then they further advanced it by sending out that letter. And so, I guarantee you that if those were Democrats who had done this to a sitting Republican president, there would be talk of investigation, resignation, and god knows what. I am just disturbed by that. I feel it was treasonous and they were acting on behalf of a foreign government and that ought to be investigated.”

Host: “Alright, Loraine. We will get more calls as time goes on for about 40 more minutes.”

NOTE: Widely syndicated columnist Dr. Charles Krauthammer effectively refuted this bogus charge of treason on the Fox New Channel (March 16): “The implication of the opposition [to Congress' letter to the Iranian leadership warning about the pending treaty] by saying, ‘This is an act of treason, you are going behind the president' is, of course, preposterous. This is not a secret letter dropped in the mailbox or dropped somewhere else, you know, such that an Iranian agent would pick it up. This was a bloody open letter to the world. So it should have simply been addressed either to the President, the American people, to United States allies or to no one in particular and say here's our position. You have to bring in the Congress because without the Congress on board, this agreement will be much more fragile and temporary than it ought to be.”

In a classic instance of host Orgel's frequent unprofessional performance as Washington Journal host, he indulged a lunatic-fringe caller's identical inflammatory views twice only 22 hours apart in January 2010. The caller used two different names and claimed two separate (distant) locations, saying virtually the same thing each time and in the same distinctive voice. Click here for a 3.5 minute video clip of Orgel indulging "Janet from Birmingham, Alabama” on January 1, 2010 at 9:51 AM and then again on January 2 at 7:50 AM indulging "Carol from Scottsville, Arizona.”

March 16, 2015 – 7:32 a.m.

Host: PAUL ORGEL (porgel@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Iran, White House, Congress – what's next?

Caller: Pat from Michigan (click here to view),

This is another of C-SPAN's numerous (essentially always indulged) blame-the-Jews-for-everything callers.

Caller: “How do you decide who is on that independent [phone] line?”

Host: “What do you mean?”

Caller: “Well, so many times the people that I hear talking on the independent line talk about what Fox News is saying or what the Democrats Are saying, not what I consider as independent thinking.”

Host: “Interesting point. What are your thoughts this morning?”

Caller: “I fear that Israel is interfering in these negotiations. Senator Cotton received a lot of money from Jewish donors including Bill Kristol, the guy who brought us Sarah Palin. I think that is a real attempt by Netanyahu and by people in Israel to interfere in the[nuclear] negotiations [with Iran]. I think that is a shame. To allow other countries to put an or in, when we are in the midst of something that is very delicate is a real problem, I think.”

Host: “Okay, thanks for calling. Bill Kristol will be on the show in about 12 minutes.”

March 16, 2015 – 7:34 a.m.

Host: PAUL ORGEL (porgel@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Iran, White House, Congress – what's next?

Caller: Darrell from Defiance, Missouri (click here to view) .

“Darrell” is a detached-from-reality, serial caller typically fecklessly passed through by screeners and indulged by C-SPAN hosts as he insults and defames America and Israel.

Caller: “I was listening to Benjamin Netanyahu talking on TV, and I also saw the clip of him saying the same thing that happened with Iraq. The way he got up in front of Congress. Everything he said was a lie. But my point is, Israel's doesn't want Iran of to do the same thing that Israel did, and that is lie their way into nuclear weapons and not to admit to anything. Who is Israel to tell Iran what they can or can't have? Iran doesn't have any nuclear weapons [yet]. Israel has 600 or so nuclear weapons. Another thing, you will have William Kristol on next. I would really like to get to talk to this guy. I wish somebody would get close enough to him to slap that smirk off his face as he has not been right about anything just like Bibi Netanyahu. Why you people keep kissing Israel's butt is beyond me. They are not a friend of ours. It seems like they are a friend of you guys in the media, not of the American people. I am sick of carrying Israel. I am a Navy veteran. I'm sick of that country. They are over here talking to our Congress. But all along, They are blowing up Palestinian homes and taking more of their land, and not a peep out of you people in the media.”

Host: “Alright, that was Darrell from Defiance, Missouri. William Kristol will be on coming up.”

NOTE: Phoner slams Israel on its purported nuclear program, falsely comparing it to that of Iran, a worldwide sponsor of terror which is controlled by a fanatical Shiite Muslim religious dictatorship, members of which reportedly believe in a doomsday scenario requiring them to hasten the destruction of the West and Israel in order to speed the appearance of a messianic "twelfth imam."

Press reports have put Israel's purported nuclear weapons program at "several hundred" weapons. However, Israel has not participated in the proliferation of nuclear technology to other countries in the way Pakistan, China, North Korea and Iran reportedly have. Neither has it threatened to annihilate other states, as Iran has threatened to destroy Israel. This caller, with his unsubstantiated anti-Israel claims, typifies a group that finds C-SPAN's Washington Journal an indulgent platform. Washington Journal rarely if ever points out a major reason for disbelieving Iran's claim that it seeks nuclear energy capability only for purposes of generating electrical power. Iran does not need such a capability since it possesses some of the largest oil reserves in the world.

This caller's previous calls (all condemning United States policies. all defamatory, all condemning Israel including thinly veiled antisemitic jargon) monitored and posted on CAMERA's C-SPAN Watch include: Dec. 8, 2014 (7:04 AM) (click here to view); Sept. 11, 2014 (7:31 AM) (click here to view); July 18, 2014 (7:16 AM), Dec. 10, 2013 (7:20 AM), June 16, 2013 (7:19 AM), April 16, 2013 (7:04 AM), Jan. 13, 2013 (8:40 AM), Jan. 8, 2013 (7:04 AM), Nov. 21, 2012 (7:34 AM), April 15, 2012 (7:36 AM), Feb. 5, 2012 (7:19 AM) as Bill from Defiance, Missouri; Oct. 21, 2011 (7:16 AM) as Bill from St. Louis; Oct. 12, 2011 (7:19 AM) as Bill, Sept. 21, 2011 (7:06 AM) as Bill, May 19, 2011 (7:15 AM), May 2, 2011 (9:18 AM) as Bill, March 18, 2011 (7:30 AM) as Bob, Feb. 26, 2011 (7:16 AM) as Bill, Feb. 1, 2011 (7:21 AM) and so on back to Sept. 30, 2009 (8:21 AM) as Darrell from St. Louis.

March 16, 2015 – 8:07 a.m.

Host: PAUL ORGEL (porgel@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Foreign and domestic policy Issues.

Guest: William Kristol, Weekly Standard magazine founder and editor.

Caller: Tony from Abbott, Maryland (click here to view).

Lunatic-fringe phoner cites as the cause of the worldwide Islamic terrorism problem – the “terrorism business” in the United States. Related to this, he insults the guest with the infamous antisemitic double-loyalty accusation.

Caller: “First time I'm ever talking with Mr. Kristol. Mr. Kristol, I'm so [indiscernible] about you, I don't even know what to say. I have been in the service for 21 years. Over total, 30 years of service. I'm retired. I am so sick of you trying to expand [more graves in] Arlington [National] Cemetery. You did it with Iraq and you are trying to do it again. It amazes me, C-SPAN, that you have this man back on. This is constant. Terrorism is a business. A lot of you guys benefit from that. You need to move to Israel. You pledge your allegiance to Israel more than to this country. And a lot of people in Congress do. It doesn't make any sense.”

Host: “Let's hear from our guest.”

Guest:” Thank you for your service but I think you are unfortunate that you think people like me and others allegedly owe allegiance to Israel. Look, I thing we can deal with iran without sending American troops over there. There have been American casualties due to Iran. There are people buried who died at the hands of iran. They died in Lebanon [via Iran's proxy Hezbollah] from terrorist attacks in the 80's, and in Iraq. Iran has a lot of American blood on its hands due to their IUDs. I don't think we need to fight a ground war with Iran. We can use sanctions and sabotage. Maybe the threat of military force. Maybe an occasional airstrike to keep the Iranian nuclear program under control.”

Host: “Let's switch gears and talk about Hillary Clinton and the e-mail story.”

NOTE: Caller's head is deep in the sand concerning the danger posed by Iran. Caller's denigration of Israel could have been countered by information about the benefits of the U.S. alliance with Israel. U.S. cooperative arrangements with Israel provide technology benefits to America related to unmanned aircraft, anti-missile defenses, battlefield medical techniques – and intelligence on anti-U.S. as well as anti-Israeli Arab and Islamic radicals. So Israel indirectly helps strengthen the United States' ability to fight and defeat Islamic extremists including ISIS, which benefits Arab states like Saudi Arabia.

March 15, 2015 – 8:21 a.m.

Host: STEVE SCULLY (sscully@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: BILL RICHARDSON, former governor (D-NM), U.S. ambassador, U.S. congressman (D-NM).

Topic: Diplomacy and global hotspots.

Caller: Denise from Powder Springs, Georgia (click here to view).
 
Phoner falsely characterizes Israel.

Caller: “I listened to reports out of the Middle East of Palestinians fighting with rocks and bottles, and the Israelis dropping bombs. Today Israel has nuclear weapons, Iran does not. Israel is a sovereign state, Iran is also a sovereign state. Israel has the right to protect itself, Iran does not. The problem in the Middle East is that Iran has always been against the illegal occupation of the Palestinian land by Israel, and not only the illegal occupation but also the total mistreatment of the Palestinians.”

Guest: “I do not think I totally share her view, but she is talking about the intense turmoil that years ago existed in the Middle East and that exists today. Israel is our ally, but you can understand Israel's concern over Iran, and because if you look at their neighborhood, they have Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria. Egypt has been, over the years, a friend of Israel, they certify the military relationship, but now it is not as strong as it used to be. You have Iran eventually developing nuclear weapons. You have Al Qaeda, ISIS. Israel is encircled by a bunch of bad neighbors. They are allied with us. The Palestinian Authority has not taken advantage of negotiating with Israel on a two state solution because the Palestinians are split between the terrorist element and the more modern element. This turmoil exists, and this is where we have to stick with our friends.

This is what perplexes me – why did Prime Minister Netanyahu go to the United States, anger a lot of Democrats, anger a lot of Americans in going ahead with this speech to the Congress on a legitimate issue that he cares about and Israel cares about and we should all care about [which is] the nuclear proliferation and Iran. It has not played well, which is the message that – do not mix domestic politics with foreign policy. It will come back and bite you.”

NOTE: Washington Journal's response to Israel-defaming caller is typically inadequate. Caller falsely reduces violent combat when it occurs between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs to “Palestinians fighting with rocks and bottles, and the Israelis dropping bombs.” Rioting Palestinians' rock (rocks can kill) and bottle throwing (especially Molotov cocktails) – initiating confrontations – often injure and sometimes kill Israelis. Israel responds by necessity with rocket responses to unprovoked Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza on its populace. Implying the existence of a nuclear weaponry danger from Israel while dismissing the potential nuclear weaponry danger from Iran, the caller asserts, “Today Israel has nuclear weapons, Iran does not.” But Israel is not now and never has been a threat to any country unless that country posed a clear and immanent great danger. Whenever Israel is assailed on this basis, viewers are rarely if ever reminded that, unlike Iran's nuclear capability, there is little reason to fear Israel's presumed nuclear capability since Israel does not threaten other countries with destruction and is perceived as highly unlikely to share any nuclear weaponry knowledge with any other country.

The caller brings up the “illegal occupation” canard. These are the facts: In the West Bank, Israel is the legal military occupational authority, pending a negotiated settlement. That's because it gained the territories in 1967 in a war of self-defense. Further, it has not forcibly transferred Arabs out or Jews in, and the land itself is not an occupied part of a sovereign country but an unallocated, disputed remnant of the the League of Nations' Palestine Mandate, Article 6, which calls for "close Jewish settlement" on the land west of the Jordan River. Article 6 is incorporated by Article 80 of the U.N. Charter, sometimes referred to as "the Palestine article." The United States endorsed the mandate, including Article 6, in the 1924 Anglo-American Convention.

The West Bank is not sovereign territory of any country, but rather land disputed by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Part of Jerusalem (which has never been the capital of any nation except Israel) and the West Bank were illegally occupied by Jordan from 1948 to 1967, when Israel took control as a result of successful self-defense in the 1967 Six-Day War. As Eugene Rostow, a co-author of U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 (1967), the keystone of all subsequent successful Arab-Israeli negotiations pointed out, 242 does not require complete Israeli withdrawal. Rather, the status of the territory, to which Jews as well as Arabs have legitimate claims, is to be resolved in negotiations as called for in the resolution and by U.N. Security Council Resolution 338 (1973). Meanwhile, Jewish villages and towns built in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria, the ancient homeland of the Jewish people) since 1967 are no more illegal than areas built since then in previously existing Arab villages and towns.

March 14, 2015 – 8:15 a.m.

Host: JOHN MCARDLE (jmcardle@eenews.net, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org). Guest host McArdle is a reporter for E & E Publishing which is mainly concerned with energy and climate policy.

Guest: Col. CEDRIC LEIGHTON (Ret.), National Security Agency former deputy director for training.

Topic: Fight against ISIS (Islamic state in Iraq and Syria) in Iraq.

Caller: Jack from Wabasha, Minnesota (click here to view).

Caller sarcastically castigates “lovely” U.S. “friends and allies” (naming only Israel and turkey) for aiding ISIS. Typically, for C-SPAN, neither guest nor host challenges the false allegation against Israel (see NOTE below).

Caller: “I'm a Vietnam veteran, and you don't have to thank me for my service, just give me my full two minutes. I have a couple of suggestions for fighting ISIS that don't involve $100,000 a piece for bombs or boots on the ground, and I have a question. Number one suggestion is we need to get our Gulf [Arab] allies to quit funding ISIS. General Wesley Clark, who I think you've probably known, Colonel, is quoted as saying on CNN recently, ‘ISIS got started through funding from our friends and allies to fight to the death against Hezbollah.' He goes on to say, ‘You can't get, you know, people that are used to sitting behind desks to fight these people. You need to get these wild-eyes jihadis to do it.' A fellow you might know, Admiral James, also has said the same thing on a different venue. That's one suggestion. Another suggestion, get our friends, of course, to stop funding these people.
 
Another suggestion is talk to our lovely ally, Israel, who, it has been reported, has been giving intelligence, training and medical assistance to the ISIS fighters in the Golan Heights area. In fact, the Golani Brigade of Israelis has been training them to fight now in Egypt. So we might talk to our lovely ally, Israel, and get them to stop doing that. And we could get our lovely NATO ally Turkey, to seal their border because they are going across with ease – all of these jihadi fighters into Syria and Iraq and also selling oil on the borders. My question is, isn't it marvelous what ISIS has enabled. We wanted (indiscernible) that would allow us to have troops in Iraq, and now we got it, and we also wanted to bomb Syria. And gee, we got stymied on that, our government did, because the American public rose against that idea, and now, gee whiz, we're able to bomb Syria.”

Host: “A lot to chew on there.”

Guest: “Jack, thank you for your question. The basic idea, there are so many different things, let's take the funding part first. When you look at the Gulf states, such as Qatar, the United Arab emirates, Kuwait; yes, there are a lot of people within those countries who have, and, of course, Saudi Arabia, who have gone in and funded various radical movements. In the case of at least one of those countries [Qatar], there was a clear connection between the government and the Muslim brotherhood. And then there were other connections between public entities in that and other countries that helped fund Islamic state [ISIS] activities. So, yes, there are certain connections there that absolutely need to be stopped. Many of these countries have acted to do that. There's a lot of activity in the anti-money laundering area that is going on, a lot of the central banks are involved in going after particular things, particularly nefarious trading [indistinct] work with the U.S. Treasury on that, also with the State Department. So there are efforts between the diplomatic community, the financial community, and the intelligence communities to look at the funding trail of organizations like ISIS. So there are efforts to stop that, and there's work being done. Is that going to be 100 percent effective, probably not; there are always ways to get money to these people..."
 
NOTE: Guest's lengthy (four-minute) response contains no reply to caller's Israel bashing falsehood, “Israel … has been giving intelligence, training and medical assistance to the ISIS fighters in the Golan Heights area ...,” that in effect alleges that Israel is allied in some way with ISIS. What is caller's source for his claim? Typically, the question is not asked. In fact, there are only unconfirmed reports from a number of sources that Israel has supplied (only) medical assistance on the Golan Heights to Al-Qaeda backed fighters injured in fighting Syrian government forces. If true, this would merely be consistent with Israel's traditional humanitarian assistance to neighboring communities including combatants. Failing to challenge (or at least question) caller's obviously suspicious (and actually tendentious) claim is consistent with C-SPAN's Washington Journal chronic disservice (in terms of accepting slurs against Jews and Israel) to millions of viewers (the network claims 28 million weekly viewers).

March 12, 2015 – 7:07 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Your reaction to Republican letter to Iran.

John from Berwick, Pennsylvania (click here to view).

Caller: “I would just like to comment that this year marks the 25th year that we are at war in Iraq. It's more than 12 years ago that we declared that mission accomplished. Now, why in the world – we are already bombing in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Why would we want to go to war with Iran on top of all this?”

Host: “So, John, you think that is what [war] Republicans are pushing for here with his letter?”

Caller: “Absolutely, absolutely. They are following the advice of [Israel's Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu. I mean – I'm at the point now where I cannot find a Republican that I can actually vote for. If you remember, it was President Eisenhower who warned us about this military-industrial complex. And the Republican party today is the military-industrial complex. They are not following the American people's advice. They are talking to the Israeli leaders. As a matter of fact, if you look at the AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] meetings, I mean, this is the only place you will find Nancy Pelosi and Dick Cheney hugging and kissing. I mean, they are both – both parties are in the pockets of the Israeli lobby.”

Host: “John, what evidence do you have that is solely motivated, or mostly motivated, by AIPAC or their support for Israel?”

Caller: “Well, why are they – I don't see where this is in the interest of the American people. We are $18 trillion in debt, and can – is there anyone out there who can say these wars in the Middle East have been to the advantage of the United States?”

Host: “Okay, John got your point.”

NOTE: Where is the evidence for caller's claim that “we [United States] are already bombing in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria?” The question is not asked. Caller claims that the Republican opposition (and others) to President Obama's policy with respect to Iran are pushing for war with Iran. This is not accurate. Seemingly, the dispute is not whether or not to go to war with Iran – rather it is about which competing policy (short of war) is most likely to be effective in preventing Iran from developing nuclear weaponry.

Anti-Israel callers, when mentioning AIPAC, essentially always grossly exaggerate the influence of AIPAC. The claim is made that AIPAC controls congressional Republicans and Democrats. As should be obvious, the two large parties, with tens of thousands of activists and millions of supporters, are "controlled" by no one, not even their top elected leaders. They are umbrella groups representing and speaking for often internally divergent, sometimes competing interests. AIPAC is not a foreign agent; it does not represent the Israeli government nor any Israeli political party. Rather, AIPAC is a registered U.S. lobby, speaking for members united in support of strong U.S.-Israel ties. It is not financed through political action committees nor does it act like a political action committee. The organization's influence primarily is due to its presentation of facts to political leaders and the fact that a large majority of the American public, according to numerous polls, sides with Israel in its conflict with Arab neighbors.
 
March 12, 2015 – 9:38 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Your reaction to Republican letter to Iran.

Caller: : Gordon from Salem, New York (click here to view)..

Caller: “I am just curious. Correct me if I am wrong. Did our CIA in the1950's assassinate the Iranian elected leader and install the Shah? It seems to me that I remember reading about that. And then when the Iranians overthrew the Shah and they held our diplomats for the better part of a year. Didn't we find out that Israel was selling military equipment that we had given to them -- to Iran? At that time, I remember some senator in the government saying they would have to stop that or we are going to withhold our foreign aid to Israel until someone pointed out that was one of the first appropriations we made this year.”

Host: “So, Gordon, what's your point – what are you getting at?”

Caller: “My point is that – you know, I am not for Iran, but if we keep on pointing out that this is a terrorist country run by terrorists and whatnot. But our hands are not entirely clean too. Didn't we provide Iraq the chemical weapons, weapons of mass destruction when they were fighting Iran? I think Cheney and Rumsfeld had a lot to do with that during the Reagan administration. I don't know. I can understand to some extent, the Iranian position that they do not trust us as much as we don't trust them.”

Host: “Okay.”

NOTE: The caller attempts to discredit efforts to counter the current Iranian regime by referring to a popular narrative about the supposed CIA overthrow of the nationalist Mosaddeq Iranian regime in August 1953. But this has been countered by another version. In 2013 Ray Takeyh, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote that the CIA was a bit player at best, “The events of 1953 have been routinely depicted as a nefarious U.S. conspiracy that overthrew a nationalist politician who enjoyed enormous popular support. This narrative, assiduously cultivated by the Islamic Republic, was so readily endorsed by the American intellectual class that presidents and secretaries of state are now expected to commence any discussion of Iran by apologizing for the behavior of their malevolent predecessors. At this stage, the account has even seeped into American popular culture, featuring most recently in Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning blockbuster Argo. The only problem with this mythologized history is that the CIA's role in Mosaddeq's demise was largely inconsequential. In the end, the 1953 coup was very much an Iranian affair.”

The phoner also attempts to discredit Israel's role in countering the Iranian regime by claiming that “Israel was selling [U.S.] military equipment that we had given to them – to Iran” after the overthrow of the Shah.” This gross distortion is apparently based on reports of activities of a few unscrupulous private individuals such as the Israeli man who was indicted by U.S. federal court and arrested by Israeli authorities in 2013 for attempting to sell military equipment to Iran

March 12, 2015 – 9:51 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Your reaction to Republican letter to Iran.

Caller: Al from San Fernando, California (click here to view).

Caller: “I think the 47 [Republican] senators should be sent to prison for treason. Because (indiscernible) foreign government within America. Why we are doing this thing for Israel? So, Mr. [U.S. Senator] Cotton's campaign was financed with over a million dollars from AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee]. Why are we doing this for Israel”

Host: “Wait – wait – wait – he got one million dollars from AIPAC?”

Caller: “Yes.”

Host: “How do you know that? Where did you read that?”

Caller: “It was in the newspaper yesterday and you just go online to find it out. The fact that they did the same thing to Iraq in 2002, it is the same thing. Iran has never attacked a country for over the last 2000 years. Israel attacked it's neighbor over 100 times in the last 67 years. Why do this to America. We are America. [indiscernible] this is a terrible state. Take these people [senators] and ship them to Israel. This is a terrible mistake. Why do we support a state that thanked us with the U.S.S. Liberty operation? They always have false flags. The area [of Israel] is very small and Iran has a very big army. Why are these warmongers always singing these war game songs?”

Host: “Okay.”

NOTE: This caller, like others of the Israel-phobic crowd typically invoke AIPAC (see NOTE for 7:07 a.m. caller above) as a whipping boy. The false claim that AIPAC gave a $1 million to Senator Cotton's campaign is based apparently on the report that Weekly Standard magazine founder and editor William Kristol's Emergency Committee for Israel donated nearly $1 million to Mr. Cotton's Senate campaign.

The caller's false claim that “Israel attacked it's neighbor over 100 times in the last 67 years” is accepted by a Washington Journal host who is either incapable of or unwilling to challenge or at least question it. The fact is that Israel has fought approximately a dozen wars – all of them defensive.

The accusation regarding the U.S.S. Liberty is a favorite canard of anti-Israel polemicists. It refers to the myth of a far-reaching conspiracy regarding what repeated investigations have determined was a tragic accident, Israel's attack on the Navy's U.S.S. Liberty during the 1967 Six-Day War. Six separate inquiries determined the attack to have been a "fog of war" mistake:

• C.I.A. report – June 13, 1967 – No malice; attack a mistake.
• U.S. Navy Court of Inquiry – June 18, 1967 – Mistaken identity.
• Report by presidential advisor Clark Clifford – July 18, 1967 – No evidence ship was known to be American.
• Senate Select Committee on Intelligence – 1979/1981 – No merit to claims attack was intentional.
• National Security Agency – 1981 – Mistaken identity.
• House Armed Services Committee – 1991/1992 – No support for claims attack was intentional.

March 9, 2015 – 7:10 a.m.

Host: JOHN MCARDLE (jmcardle@eenews.net, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org). Guest host McArdle is a reporter for E & E Publishing which is mainly concerned with energy and climate policy.

Topic: Congressional involvement in foreign policy.

Caller: Robert from New London, Connecticut (click here to view).

Caller Robert, a serial anti-Israel caller to Washington Journal (see below) and all-round general prevaricator, makes several tendentious statements. As is common malpractice, on the supposed public service program, to the detriment of potentially millions of viewers (C-SPAN claims 28 million weekly viewers), host McArdle accepts without challenge or question, the caller's spurious statements.

Caller: "I think they are definitely involved in too much stuff going on around the world. And It's not just the Republicans that clapped and applauded Netanyahu's speech. It was the Democrats as well. I believe they are breaking many laws. The Leahy law, the arms treaty law, which gives Israel weapons to use against civilians. We have all seen that in 2008 and previously in 2013 and 2014. I believe that Speaker Boehner broke the Logan Act which is from 1799. It says is against the law for any U.S. government official to talk to a foreign agent without certain restrictions. I believe it's restricted. I'm not too – I know the act. Anybody who thinks Iran will get nukes and use the nukes is crazy. We have 31 military bases – I'm ex-military, I keep up with all this stuff – 31 bases around Iran. It takes a lot of effort to launch nuclear weapons. It's crazy. One more thing – Iran signed the NPT which is a nuclear codes proliferations treaty. Israel has not. That is all I wanted to say. Thanks."

Host: "Alright. That's Robert in New London, Connecticut."

NOTE: This serial anti-Israel caller obsessively castigates Israel in his every call to C-SPAN's Washington Journal including: Oct. 9, 2012 (8:28 a.m.) (click here to view) where he accused Israel Defense Forces, without being challenged for substantiation by either host or guest, of having murdered thousands of Palestinians in 1982 and “cutting their ears off and stealing their jewelry;” May 4, 2014 (9:14 a.m.) (click here to view); July 5, 2009 (8:50 a.m.); April 5, 2010 (8:16 a.m.).

Caller casts aspersions on Israel regarding the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). In fact, Israel, like some other Middle Eastern countries but unlike Iran, is a non-signatory to the NPT the purpose of which is to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weaponry capability. Therefore Israel, cannot avail itself of certain nuclear assistance from other NPT countries but at the same time it is not legally required to submit to NPT requirements such as inspection of presumed nuclear facilities.

Whenever Israel is assailed, viewers are rarely if ever reminded that there is little reason to fear Israel's presumed nuclear capability since Israel does not threaten other countries with destruction and is perceived as highly unlikely to share any nuclear weaponry knowledge with any other country. This is not the case with Iran, an NPT signatory, which not only continuously threatens other nations (especially Israel) – it is considered likely to proliferate its nuclear weaponry knowledge to terrorist entities. Furthermore, it is clear that Israel's presumed nuclear capability is a factor only in terms of its perceived deterrence against concerted attacks by Iran and/or various Arab nations. Viewers should have been reminded of Iranian obstruction of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors.

Caller's accuses Congress of breaking Leahy Law (which is aimed at preventing U.S. assistance from going to foreign military units suspected of committing human rights violations), by approving military aid to Israel. Israel's policies do not accept human rights violations. This is an old canard and staple of anti-Israel propaganda which has been disproven time and time again. Likewise, the caller's "arms treaty law" vague allegation. Of course, host doesn't inquire even to ask which law. There are many different arms treaty laws – small arms treaties, large arms treaties, Law of the Sea Treaty and so on.

Regarding phoner's accusation that “Speaker Boehner broke the Logan Act” in communicating with the prime minister of Israel: The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 30 January 1799, currently codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953) is a United States federal law that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. It was last amended in 1994. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony. The law is still in effect. It would have been appropriate here to point out what the U.S. Constitution says:

"The President... shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur...." (Article II, Section 2, Clause 2). It's always been clear that this oversight means the Senate can avail itself of information pursuant to this responsibility – such as inviting foreign leaders to speak to them! The Department of State concluded in 1975 that “Nothing in section 953 [Logan Act] ... would appear to restrict members of the Congress from engaging in discussions with foreign officials in pursuance of their legislative duties under the Constitution.” A capable host could have pointed out that House Speaker (at the time) Democrat Nancy Pelosi in April 2007 (during the Republican administration) visited Syria's dictator Bashar al-Assad (and she reportedly attempted to negotiate) without the approval of President Bush. At the time, no charges were considered relating to violation of the Logan law or any other law.

To enlighten viewers about the U.S. Constitution or current related matters appears not to be high on C-SPAN's priorities list.

March 9, 2015 – 7:15 a.m.

Host: JOHN MCARDLE (jmcardle@eenews.net, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org). Guest host McArdle is a reporter for E & E Publishing which is mainly concerned with energy and climate policy.

Topic: Congressional involvement in foreign policy.

Caller: Ahmad from Pennsylvania (click here to view).
 
Heavily accented caller, without challenge, insults the Congress (“they have nothing of a brain”) and defames Israel.

Caller: "Yes they [Congress] are too much involved. I think it is a shame that they called this guy [Prime Minister Netanyahu] to come here to the United States and the Senate to make his foreign policy speech for them like all of the Senate and House have nothing of a brain. So, some guy which has murdered 2400 Palestinians in Gaza will come here and make foreign policy for them. And they should ask him what happened to Rachel Corrie who he murdered in Palestine by bulldozing her. See what happened there – investigate it (indiscernible) the news media."

Host: "Ahmad there also with concerns about that speech last week by the Israeli prime minister before a joint session of congress. He was welcomed to Capital Hill by House Speaker John Boehner."

NOTE: As to the inflammatory falsehood that Israel commits war crimes as a matter of policy, typically no substantiation is demanded by the unprofessional program host. If the assertion was in regard to the 2014 summer's war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, actually each of the thousands of terrorist rockets launched at Israel was a war crime; Israel's efforts to limit civilian casualties – including warnings by leaflets, phone calls and text messages of imminent attacks – went beyond that of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress that Israel had gone out of its way to avoid civilian casualties.

"No army in the world acts with as much discretion and great care as the IDF in order to minimize damage. The U.S. and the U.K. are careful, but not as much as Israel," Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, testified on Sept. 4, 2014 about Operation Protective Edge just as he had said about a previous such operation in his testimony before the U.N. Human Rights Council in October 2009: "During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defense Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of war."

The phoner mendaciously accuses of Israel of “murder” in the 2003 accidental death of anti-Israel college student Rachel Corrie who was indoctrinated by the anti-Israel International Solidarity Movement (ISM). ISM's leaders have supported both complementary anti-Israel terrorism and non-violent efforts, like Corrie was engaged in when killed. The aim was to disrupt Israeli security operations in closed military areas, in this case part of Gaza used by terrorist for smuggling. Israeli investigations and the court ruled that the bulldozer driver, in a heavily screened cab to protect against rock and Molotov cocktail throwers, could not see Corrie who had slipped behind a pile of rubble. A tragic accident had been converted by Israel-haters into propaganda.

On C-SPAN's Washington Journal broadcasts, it's always open season to defame Israel.

March 5, 2015 – 8:31 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: NICHOLAS BURNS, Harvard Kennedy School diplomacy and international politics professor, and former under secretary of State for political affairs in a previous presidential administration.

Topic: Foreign policy challenges facing the United States.

Caller: Ron from Washington, D.C. (click here to view).

Self-identified as a “lawyer,” phoner Ron asks with innuendo “… why it is that Israel's existence in the Middle East is such a problem for its neighbors” and why it is that “someone [Israel's prime minister] who is not from the United States can come here and criticize [concerning negotiations about the Iranian nuclear program] our president that we voted for?” In response, guest Burns accurately describes the rationale for United States support for restoring (after 2000 years) the nationhood of Israel in 1948. He also touches on the propriety of the continuing security relationship between the two states. Then, in reply to host's follow-up remarks interjecting the Palestinian-Arab/Israeli conflict, Burns discusses at length mainly “occupation,” Hamas (terrorist rulers of Gaza Strip) and ISIS (Islamic state in Syria and Iraq).

Caller: “I am really impressed with Mr. Burns. What I would like him to do for all of us, myself included and I am an lawyer, but I don't know this area too well, is to share with us why it is that Israel's existence in the Middle East is such a problem for its neighbors. And I would like Mr. Burns to comment on – I don't have any issues with the prime minister, but why it is – and I agree with him – that someone who is not from the United States can come here and criticize our president that we voted for (indiscernible). I will take his answer off line. Thank you.”

Guest Burns: “Ron, thank you. On the second question you asked, I just think on procedural grounds, the Congress and the executive branch in the White House, no matter which party is controlling which institution, they are to be agreed on who we invite to address the joint session of Congress. It is a privileged invitation. It is a huge platform. You saw that millions of people watched that speech. And the fact that for the first time in my working career, Congress went behind the back of the White House, I just thought that was wrong on procedural grounds. On the first part of your question, boy, we could create a whole course where I teach at Harvard University on your issue. But you know the history. You know that the United Nations created a Jewish state in [British Mandate land west of the Jordan River, entrusted by the League of Nations in 1922, then known as] Palestine, that began in 1948. And immediately, five countries attacked it. They fought wars against each other in 1956, 1967, 1973. There was the war in Lebanon. There is now a big struggle between Iran and Israel, which hasn't resulted in war yet, but Israel has been in an embattled state. And President Truman, a Democrat, made the decision in 1948 that we would recognize Israel and that we would support Israel. And it was really President Nixon, President Ford, President Carter, President Reagan who built up the security relationship between the two states. I think we have an obligation to help Israel as the only Jewish state. When we think about what happened during the Holocaust and the Second World War, in which more than 6 million Jews [1/3 of the World's Jews] were killed, murdered in the most brutal fashion in the death camps by the [German] Nazis [and their allies], I think we have a moral obligation to support the continuation of the Jewish state. And here's what I like about Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech. He began by talking about the fact that there is no question that Democrats and Republicans, most Americans do support Israel. But Israel depends upon that. And I think that's the right course for our nation to be close to Israel.”

Host: “There is a lot of discussion about Iran and Israel and that confrontation there. About the issue between Israel and Palestinians, can you address that? Do those two situations tie into each other?”

Guest: “Well, they are related, but they are separate. You are right, Greta, for many, many decades, the Israeli-Palestinian dispute – now with the Iranian threat, and I do think it is a threat, and the threat from the Islamic State, ISIS, and that is a real threat, our attention is elsewhere in the Middle East. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of good news to report about the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The Palestinians in the West Bank are not free. They are living under occupation by Israel, and I think that is a real problem for Israel going forward to occupy another people. In Gaza, the situation is worse. It is more crowded. The standard of living is worse for the Palestinians. And they are governed by an irresponsible Palestinian group named Hamas. Until you have Israeli leadership and Palestinian leaders who are focused on peace negotiations … to even begin to have hope. [U.S.] Secretary [of State] Kerry has tried very hard to bring them together but not yet succeeded. I think they have to keep at it. For right now I think the more critical short-term challenges are stopping Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons power, and stopping ISIS from murdering innocent people. They have murdered five Americans in the most brutal of fashion. They murdered Christians in Libya. They have murdered thousands of Syrians. And they murder anyone who opposes them. They murder Shia [Muslims], they murder Christians. This is a Sunni [Muslim], radical group. And away we met look at it analytically – is this is a battle for the Sunni world. ISIS is an extremist, brutal group that needs to be stopped which is why I have supported what the President is trying to do, and that is the use of air power to try and stop them in Iraq.”

NOTE:
• Guest Burns inaccurately states, “The Palestinians in the West Bank are not free.” In fact, the West Bank Palestinians, ruled by their own Palestinian Authority, are free from Israeli control in almost every aspect of their lives. Due to a past plethora of Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks upon Israeli citizens, Israel does maintain strategic checkpoints aimed at preventing such attacks.

• Palestinian Hamas (ruler of the Gaza Strip) is not merely “irresponsible” as Burns characterizes it – it is characterized by United States and several other countries as a terrorist organization for good reason. Hamas is pledged to the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people. It ousted Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, which still heads the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, from the Gaza Strip in a five-day battle in 2007. Hamas opposes a deal by the Palestinian Authority with Israel and has overseen the firing of thousands of mortar shells and rocket into the Jewish state. Hamas' targeting of Jewish civilians is part and parcel of its mission – as set out in its governing Covenant or Charter – to "fight the Jews and kill them" and to replace Israel with an Islamic state. According to the Charter, any type of peace negotiation and diplomatic end to the conflict "stand in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement."

• Guest's discussion of “occupation” is short on accuracy and lacks context: In the West Bank, Israel is the legal military occupational authority, pending a negotiated settlement. That's because it gained the territories in 1967 in a war of self-defense. Further, it has not forcibly transferred Arabs out or Jews in, and the land itself is not an occupied part of a sovereign country but an unallocated, disputed remnant of the League of Nations' Palestine Mandate, Article 6, which calls for "close Jewish settlement" on the land west of the Jordan River. Article 6 is incorporated by Article 80 of the U.N. Charter, sometimes referred to as "the Palestine article." The United States endorsed the mandate, including Article 6, in the 1924 Anglo-American Convention.

The West Bank (of the Jordan River) is not sovereign territory of any country, but rather land disputed by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Part of Jerusalem (which has never been the capital of any nation except Israel) and the West Bank were illegally occupied by Jordan from 1948 to 1967, when Israel took control as a result of successful self-defense in the 1967 Six-Day War. As Eugene Rostow, a co-author of U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 (1967), the keystone of all subsequent successful Arab-Israeli negotiations pointed out, 242 does not require complete Israeli withdrawal. Rather, the status of the territory, to which Jews as well as Arabs have legitimate claims, is to be resolved in negotiations as called for in the resolution and by U.N. Security Council Resolution 338 (1973). Meanwhile, Jewish villages and towns built in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria, the ancient homeland of the Jewish people) since 1967 are no more illegal than areas built since then in previously existing Arab villages and towns.

Meanwhile, in vain, the Israeli government continues to invite Palestinian leaders to resume unconditional negotiations but, among other refusals, PA officials refuse to endorse the concept of "two states for two peoples" in which they recognize Israel as the Jewish state.

• Phoner's question, “… why it is that Israel's existence in the Middle East is such a problem for its neighbors?” is not answered. First, the Muslim narrative says that the existence of Israel constitutes an encroachment on Islamic territory. Contradicting this is the fact that the Jewish people are the native population of the land having resided there long before Arabs arrived and continued even after expulsions. For example, the continuous majority population of Jerusalem, the ancient capital of Israel thousands of years ago, were Jews from the 1850s (according to historical and census accounts) until 1948 (when an Arab army forced Jews to flee eastern Jerusalem). With the reuniting of Jerusalem in 1967, Jews again became the majority of the population in Jerusalem. Further, the historical record shows that most of the Arabs who left Israel in 1948-9 did so at the urging of Arab leaders who promised them safe return after the Jews were killed or removed. Second, the astonishing success of the Jewish state constitutes an acute embarrassment to the leadership of the relatively backward neighboring Arab states.

• Phoner wonders why it is that “someone [Israel's prime minister] who is not from the United States can come here and criticize our president that we voted for.” First, Prime Minister Netanyahu was invited to speak – about the current nuclear negotiations with Iran – by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Reportedly, the prime minister had informed the President's office of the invitation prior to acceptance; no response was forthcoming. Second, at the opening of Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to the joint session of Congress, he said, “My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that he holds.”

The phoner, as a lawyer, especially should understand that the U.S. Constitution created three separate branches in which the federal government is divided up into the legislative, executive and judicial branches. The main intention was to avoid having what had been the traditional model of state in which a single individual, as the head of state, makes all important decisions and is beyond criticism.

February 27, 2015 – 7:14 a.m.

Host: PETER SLEN (pslen@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Open phones – any topic in the news.

Caller: Kim from Washington, Pennsylvania (click here to view).
 
The surprisingly brief (pro-Israel) call is immediately followed by host Slen's lengthy readings suggestive of C-SPAN's Israel agenda (see NOTE below).

Caller: “I keep asking myself – and I'd like maybe to get an answer – why is our Congress – mostly the Democrats – fighting the prime minister of Israel? I mean, out of the whole Middle East, Israel is the only country we can truly trust. That doesn't make any sense to me at all.”

SLEN: “That's Kim's question in Washington, Pennsylvania. From the Washington Post Op-ed page … [reads commentary from two newspapers].

NOTE: Host Slen excerpts Washington Post and Wall Street Journal articles negatively casting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's forthcoming speech to a joint session of Congress. But all-too-conveniently, Slen omits mention of WSJ editorial that deems the forthcoming speech to likely be of great benefit to both the United States and Israel. The editorial also states that “Recent polling finds Americans overwhelming in favor of giving the Israeli leader a fair hearing in Congress.”

February 27, 2015 – 8:13 a.m.

Host: PETER SLEN (pslen@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Open phones – any topic in the news.

Caller: Jim from Evansville, Indiana (click here to view).

Caller doesn't let the facts get in the way of his false anti-Israel allegations. Host Slen weakly challenges.

Caller: “What I would like to suggest is that we put a tax on all of the oil coming in from Saudi Arabia. They've been a big sponsor of terrorism all over the world. Especially us giving the money back. If we put a tax on their oil and let our country can keep drilling and Canada can keep drilling, I know the price of oil would go up for the consumer here. The other thing is – I think we need to cut off all aid to Israel. Here we have [Israel's Prime Minister] Netanyahu who wanted to come over here and try to force us to do something just to protect the country of Israel and go to war with Iran just like they wanted us to do with Iraq. That is what like we did with Iraq foolishly. So, let him stay in his country and let our president run our country. We have over 300 million; they have about 10 million there in Israel. I'm surprised that people don't stand up, even the Jewish people in this country, and stand up for the rights of the Americans and tell …”

SLEN (interrupting): “What is that mean? Jim, what does that mean? What does it mean, ‘stand up for the rights of Americans?'”

Caller: “Well, I mean, here we are giving them $6.5 [sic.] billion every year. We borrow that money, pay interest on it. They never pay it back and they're living better than we are. Why should we support them and support Benjamin Netanyahu and let him come over here and criticize our president? He is not giving us anything back. He is not giving us any money. The same way with Saudi Arabia. They sponsor terrorism and Benjamin Netanyahu wants us to go to war with Iran.”

Host: “Is that your opinion or has he [Netanyahu] said that out loud?”

Caller: “Pardon me.”

Host: “Is that your opinion or has he said that out loud?”

Caller: “Said what out loud?”

Host: “That he wants us to go to war with Iran.”

Caller: “Well. sure. They can't go to war with Iran by themselves. They need us. That's the same way with Iraq.”

Host: “That was Jim in Evansville, Indiana.”

NOTE: Caller can't substantiate his claim that Netanyahu urges United States to go to war with Iran. There is no evidence for that. Prime Minister Netanyahu is one of many who argues for pressure on Iran through strengthened economic sanctions to abandon their nuclear weapons program which constitutes a great danger to many nations including Israel and the United States. Phoner falsely claims that Israel pressured United States to go to war with Iraq in 2002. On the contrary, Israel had been emphasizing the danger from Iran not Iraq.

As to phoner's demand, “I think we need to cut off all aid to Israel,” there are at least four relevant points about the mutually beneficial relationship between America and Israel. First, financial (military only) aid to Israel constitutes only a tiny portion of the federal budget (less than 0.1 percent). Second, Israel is required by U.S. law to spend most (74 percent) of the U.S. aid ($3 billion per year) in the United States for the purchase of military materials which helps create or sustain thousands of American jobs. Third, cooperative arrangements with Israel provide technology benefits to America related to unmanned aircraft, anti-missile defenses, battlefield medical techniques – and intelligence on anti-U.S. as well as anti-Israeli Arab and Islamic radicals.

Fourth and perhaps most important in the long run, Israel, the only Western-style democracy in the Middle East, is a technologically advanced open society with equal rights for Christians and Muslims as well as Jews. Israel has women's equality, an independent judiciary, free press and is the only country in the region where Americans could live as freely as they do at home and one that, absent religious and ethnic prejudice, ought to be an example for the Middle East's many countries now in intra-communal upheaval.

February 27, 2015 – 8:28 a.m.

Host: PETER SLEN (pslen@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Open phones – any topic in the news.

Caller: Christian from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (click here to view).

Phoner spins unchallenged falsehoods about the U.S.-Israel alliance.

Caller: “First of all I'd like to say that I agree with my brother from Indiana about Israel. When we went to war in Afghanistan, were they [Israel] with us in the coalition? You guys say, oh, this is our number one ally. What have they done for us? They weren't there in Afghanistan. They weren't there in Iraq. They weren't in Libya with us. In Egypt, they weren't there. How do these people think that (indiscernible )? They would rather send our young men and women into a war instead of sending their own. Also, we give them $3.1 billion a year. Unbelievable. I mean – I do not understand. Also, I do watch Fox News [Channel] because I want to see what my enemy thinks about. Two days ago, Laura Ingram was on the Bill O'Reilly show. She said that her faith [Catholic] was superior to any other religion. So, all these Jewish people that think that Fox News is behind you – they don't care about you. One more thing and I will get off the phone. I think that Bill O'Reilly should be looked upon just like Brian Williams. We need to investigate him to see if he was in the fox hunt during the wartime. Absolutely night. But we need to get on that. One more thing …”

SLEN (interrupting): “You know what Christian, you said that three times. I gave you four bytes of the apple – that's it. Thanks for calling in. That was Christian in Oklahoma city, Oklahoma.”

NOTE: Israel did not directly participate in the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya because it was not invited to do so. This was because such participation would have riled up the Arabs and other Muslims since they are easily riled up when it comes to Israel. Host Slen is either incapable of or unwilling to inform C-SPAN's millions of viewers (C-SPAN claims 28 million weekly viewers) of that.

February 24, 2015 – 7:21 a.m.

Host: JOHN MCARDLE (jmcardle@eenews.net, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org). Guest host McArdle is a reporter for E & E Publishing which is mainly concerned with energy and climate policy.

Topic: Your message to Congress on DHS [U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security] funding and immigration.

Caller: Anthony from St. Paul, Minnesota (click here to view).

Caller's lengthy, rambling rant containing misinformation, especially about Israel, is characteristically uninterrupted and unchallenged by a C-SPAN host.

Caller: “I'd like to make a couple of comments. I was listening to all of these comments. It doesn't seem like our Congress – really, you know – you saw the ex-Mayor of New York talking about Obama not caring about loving America. Evidently, these people don't love America either. When you talk about defunding Homeland Security, I think you should add money in there for jobs. See, everyone keeps screaming about job training but if you just got job training and no jobs, it is a wasted effort.

Another thing that I have a problem with is – I'm wondering why [House Speaker] Boehner still wants [Israel's Prime Minister] Netanyahu to come to speak to Congress after Netanyahu knew since 2012 that those people [Iran] weren't trying to make [nuclear] bombs. We need to stop backing people on the wrong side. If we're going to be the leader of the free world, we need to be right not wrong. That is our whole problem. We need to start worrying about our people and take care of these young people here. When you've got minorities with 50 percent unemployment, that is where you get your unrest. You cannot put enough money in Homeland Security to build up security enough when you've got all these people around here. We are the most powerful country in the world and the only way we are going to fall is from within not from any country without.”

Host: “Anthony, thanks for the call. A couple of comments there. We'll try to stay on the topic. We are discussing the DHS funding and the immigration debate playing out on Capital Hill.”

NOTE: “Netanyahu knew since 2012 that those people [Iran] weren't trying to make [nuclear] bombs,” claims the caller. But where is caller's evidence for this misinformation? Typically for Washington Journal, the question is not asked. The answer is that there is no such evidence. There has been for several years and continues to be ample evidence indicating that the fanatical Iranian leadership is working toward developing nuclear weapons. If accomplished, this would constitute a mortal danger to both Israel and America (among others) given repeated declarations by Iranian leaders to the effect that Israel is a "cancer" that must and will be eliminated. Note that Israel as "the little Satan" and America as "the Great Satan" remains an ideological pillar for the Iranian regime. The caller's claim indicates detachment from reality. To air such misinformation to millions (C-SPAN claims 28 million weekly viewers) without refutation or at least challenge constitutes the height of irresponsibility.

Washington Journal host McArdle would do well to heed the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists, which among other things calls on journalists "to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough." Washington Journal hosts chronically fail to do this in relation to Jews and Israel, repeatedly misinforming or permitting callers to misinform viewers of its flagship public affairs program.
 
February 24, 2015 – 8:14 a.m.

Host: JOHN MCARDLE (jmcardle@eenews.net, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org). Guest host McArdle is a reporter for E & E Publishing which is mainly concerned with energy and climate policy.

Guest: Rep. WALTER JONES (R-NC), Armed Services Committee member.

Topic: Congress takes up ISIS [Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] war powers debate.

Caller: Paul from Willow Springs, Missouri (click here to view).

A rare pro-Israel caller to C-SPAN's flagship public affairs program.

Caller: “I just have two quick statements I'd like to make. First, on the border, let the immigration bill be a separate bill. Number two, if we do not stand with Israel, this nation [United States] is going to fall. This is going to be the third time that Mr. [Israel's Prime Minister] Netanyahu has come here. Both [previous] times our nation has been warned by God through him. This time when he comes, it will be our third and final warning. If we don't heed it and humble ourselves, this nation will fall.”

Rep. Jones: “John, let me say to Paul, I am a strong supporter of the state of Israel to be safe and independent. I have heard so many world leaders going back to George Bush speaking to Congress. It's just easier for me to watch it on TV …”

February 22, 2015 – 7:20 a.m.

Host: STEVE SCULLY (sscully@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Ground troops to fight ISIS [Islamic State in Iraq and Syria]?

Caller: Bob from Melbourne, Florida (click here to listen).

The topic concerns ISIS but host Scully characteristically accepts caller's allegation, without scrutiny, that Israel's prime minister is trying to “get the United States into a ground war with Iran…” Scully has his own problem (in C-SPAN broadcasts) with Israel and Jews – and interjects his apparent agenda in today's broadcast (see NOTE below).

Caller: “I think if we are going to put boots on the ground we should reinstate the draft with no consideration for college deferments, and also we should waive the age for members of Congress that are able-bodied. All these people, who are anxious to be going to war, are just thinking about the independent service that we had in the past. I think it would deter a lot of people if they thought that their sons and whatnot would be involved in actual fighting. And I think [Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is very much trying to get the United States into a ground war with Iran which is very bad. We have had enough foolish wars. We do not need anymore. That's all I have to say. Nice talking to you.”

Host : “Bob, thanks for the call from Melbourne, Florida. By the way, the Israeli prime minister is still scheduled to be here in Washington next week, March 3, for his speech before a joint meeting of Congress. If that goes on as planned, we will, of course, have live coverage here on C-SPAN and live on C-SPAN radio.”

NOTE: What is the basis for caller's claim that Prime Minister Netanyahu has advocated or favors American ground troops to be used to attack Iran? Typically for Washington Journal, the question – to which the answer is there is no basis for the claim – is not asked. The most that one could reasonably infer here is that Netanyahu – as well as many others in America and around the world including U.S. allies in various Arab countries – favor strikes limited to Iran's nuclear program since Iran arguably is or could be an existential threat to Israel as well as posing a serious danger to others, including the United States, by virtue of its parallel long range missile programs. Furthermore, a number of nuclear specialists have pointed out that there is no justification for Iran to continue, let alone expand its uranium enrichment activities if its nuclear interest is limited to only nuclear energy for electrical power and medical research. Israel has near future concerns relating to Iran's potential nuclear weapons, given repeated declarations by Iranian leaders to the effect that Israel is a "cancer" that must and will be eliminated. The United States has longer-term concerns, given Tehran's involvement in anti-American terrorism for more than 35 years, from the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Iran to a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington by blowing up a local restaurant. Israel as "the little Satan" and America as "the Great Satan" remains an ideological pillar for the regime.

Elsewhere in this Washington Journal broadcast, Scully's apparent anti-Israel agenda was evidenced in connection with a 7:27 a.m. call from New Hampshire (click here to view) in which the caller said nothing whatsoever even remotely pertaining to Israel but immediately following the call, rather than reacting to the specifics of the call, Scully interjected his apparent agenda relating to Israel and its supporters, by reading negative press reports concerning the prime minister's forthcoming visit to Congress.

C-SPAN's Washington Journal hosts, especially Scully, would do well to heed the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists, which among other things calls on journalists "to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough." Washington Journal hosts chronically fail to do this in relation to Jews and Israel. C-SPAN claims 28 million weekly viewers but when the topic is Israel, it repeatedly misinforms, or permits callers to misinform viewers of its flagship public affairs program.

February 17, 2015 – 9:46 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Open phones – any topic in the news.

Caller: Mark from Tennessee (click here to view)

Typically for C-SPAN, an antisemitic, anti-Israel phoner makes extreme charges that cannot be substantiated including the canard that Jews in effect control almost everything. Host challenges. What is phoner talking about when he refers to President Obama's “2008 State of the Union” address since that address was delivered by President Bush not Obama? Can the phoner substantiate anything he claims was said by the President about who controls what? The questions are not asked.

Caller: “I'd just like to say that in 2008, at the 2008 State of the Union [address to Congress], Obama made the comment that he could not make any changes that would not benefit the 50 percent – I'm sorry – the 98 percent of wealthy Americans by regulating the banks and corporations. He said he could not do that because the banks and the corporations control the Democrats, the Republicans, the Supreme Court, and they were stopping him from making any laws. This is when the Democrats controlled the White House, and they could have made any laws that Obama wanted. And then the White House press secretary – I can't think of her name right now – she made the comment about how Israel – about how the Jews should leave Israel. She made that comment and she was kicked out of the White House. Later on she went to "Playboy" in an interview and said the Jews control the White House and the media and the Wall Street banks. I just want to say that since the opening – since the beginning of when Obama became president, everything that he went to regulate was controlled by Jews.”
 
Host: “Okay, Mark, you are making a broad assertion about one group of people, and you have no evidence or facts to back that up – that one group of people controls every aspect of this government. Another issue for us to discuss here is …”

NOTE: The phoner complains that “… the White House press secretary [commented that]… the Jews should leave Israel. [So,] she was kicked out of the White House…” Presumably the phoner refers to White House correspondent Helen Thomas, then 89, who resigned in disgrace from Hearst newspapers in June 2010 in the wake of video recorded hateful comments she made urging Israeli Jews to "get the hell out of Palestine" ... [and] “go back home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else."

This phoner is another of the legion of C-SPAN Washington Journal welcomed callers whose psyches are evidently so warped by animosity toward Jews that they are unable to think rationally.

February 17, 2015 – 9:51 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Open phones – any topic in the news.

Host: Bill from Arlington, Texas (click here to view).

Detached-from-reality caller disbelieves Israel's claim that it is existentially threatened by other countries and groups in the Middle East. Host questions but what is she questioning?

Caller: “Thank you so much for taking my call, and I watch regularly as always. I heard this comment from the Israeli government, that ‘they want to push us [Israel] into the sea and never exist.'”

Host: “Where did you hear that, Bill?”

Caller: “Oh, this has been common comment. You hear it all the time. They don't [indiscernible] the Arabs want to annihilate us. If they are hated so much, how is it that ISIS keeps them in a bubble and don't participate in all of this yet they are declaring war on the surrounding countries [indiscernible]?”

Host: “Okay. Jane in Oxford, North Carolina, Democratic caller.”

February 12, 2015 – 8:02 a.m.

Host: JOHN MCARDLE (jmcardle@eenews.net, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org). Guest host McArdle is a reporter for E & E Publishing which is mainly concerned with energy and climate policy.

Guest: Representative DANA ROHRABACHER (R-CA), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Emerging Threats Subcommittee.

Topic: President Obama's request for authorization for use of military force against ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria).

Caller: Charles from Fort Collins, Colorado (click here to view).

 Caller's assertion, “the biggest rallying cry [for radical Islamists] whatsoever is our supporting Israel and not going toward the two-state solution,” obviously false to any informed knowledgeable person, is unchallenged. Such a failure is routine at C-SPAN's Washington Journal which is chronically guilty of journalistic malpractice concerning Israel or Jews.

Caller: “Representative Rohrabacher, I do agree with you that we do need to support the forces over there – the Peshmerga [military forces of Iraqi Kurdistan], [Jordan's] King Abdullah and people like that – that are our friends -– to create a stable Middle East. But one thing in this issue we really have to keep in mind is that radical Islam is an ideal. They are coming after us. One of the biggest rallying cries for Al-Qaeda was we had a base in Saudi Arabia, the holy land of the Muslims. That was how Bin Laden recruited thousands of these radical Islamists. We also have to address Guantanamo Bay which is another big rallying cry. And the biggest rallying cry whatsoever is our supporting Israel and not going toward the two-state solution.”

Guest: “Well, let me just say, I don't care about trying to answer their battle cry or their organizational cry. These are a bunch of sadomasochistic murderers using their religion as an excuse or as perhaps a motive. It is also a recruiting tool for them to conduct themselves as animals. Let me just say that we should not be having policy based on what will prevent people from attacking us in the Islamic world. We should do what makes sense for us to make sure those people in the Islamic world who are Muslims and are willing to work. I believe 90 percent of the Muslim people certainly don't go along with these radicals. But the radical Islamic terrorists are motivated by their religion and they are trying to radicalize all their fellow Muslims. The worst thing we could do is make this a Muslim versus Christian battle…”

February 11, 2015 – 7:20 a.m.

Host: PEDRO ECHEVARRIA (pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) hostage killing & your opinion on the conflict.

Caller: (Indiscernible) from New Jersey (click here to view).

Racist caller harangues, blaming “white people,” “American terror” and Israel for the horrors unleashed on the world by Islamic jihadists. Typically, host only mildly challenges.

Caller: “I am a little appalled. I keep hearing America's moral compass for how should everything be in the world. PTDD, post-terror drone disorder. We went into Iraq on false charges and killed over one million people and displaced millions of people. We allowed Israel to drop bombs on Palestinians like tropical rain. There are so many innocent people that have been killed from American terror. Some people have been affected especially in the Middle East by American terror. What is wrong with these people? Just imagine somebody jumping bombs and drones on you for 15 years. You hear the sound of the drones flying around and then we say "what's wrong with those people and where are all the people we're dropping bombs on?"

Host: “So, we shouldn't be doing anything against them?”

Caller: “What I'm saying is this. We have caused the chaos over there. We are the ones that have unleashed the chaos over there. This was not an issue 20 years ago or 30 years ago. All the chaos in the world is because of white people controlling other people.”

February 10, 2015 – 8:03 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: GERRY CONNOLLY, U.S. Representative [D-Virginia].

Topic: Ukraine conflict.

Caller: Jay from Arlington, Virginia (click here to view).

Caller recites often used buzz-words heard on C-SPAN denigrating Israel.

Caller: “I have a quick question for you. It is actually two-part. In reference to the constant points we make about how the Russians are into the Ukraine and taking lives and things like that. But we – to piggyback on the comment from the caller from New Hampshire – how is it that congressmen go to the AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee] meeting annually without regard to the fact that Israel is a later-day apartheid regime and occupies the territory of others and so is an essential threat to Americans?”

Guest: “Well, every country has contradictions and problems and obviously the United States has issues. Obviously, there are problems, including our alliance with Israel. I would not characterize Israeli behavior as later-day apartheid. There are important internal issues in Israel that will have to be addressed, especially longer-term, given the demographic trends in Israel and that includes what happens with the occupied territories. That is why the Administration has pursued, and maybe reluctantly, the Netanyahu government has agreed to a two-state solution. That is a very complicated and difficult problem and a challenging set of issues that we hope will be resolved so that there is more of a resolution of some of the issues that the caller identified.”

NOTE: Phoner refers to Israel as “a later-day apartheid regime.” Often heard and rarely refuted on C-SPAN's Washington Journal is the apartheid canard, the aim of which has been to promote de-legitimization of Israel. That false characterization has been even repudiated by severe critic of Israel Jimmy Carter who admitted on CNN, “I recognize that Israel is a wonderful democracy with freedom of speech and equality of treatment under the law between Arab Israelis and Jewish Israelis.”

The often heard apartheid slur against Israel is based at least partially on the erection of Israel's security barrier to keep citizens safe from terrorists. But there are separation barriers all over the world yet only Israel's security barrier is criticized. Historian Richard Landes (Department of History Boston University) has succinctly stated why the term “Israeli apartheid” is propaganda: “… traditional Arab-Muslim society has much in common with South African apartheid, substituting religion for skin color/biological race, as in South Africa. The apartheid paradigm has never fit Israel which has Arab members of Knesset, an Arab minister, an Arab on the Supreme Court, and where Arabs can ride public transportation with Jews [how did the suicide bombers get on the buses], sit with Jews in restaurants, go to university with Jews, etc. In South Africa, by contrast, there were separate trolley cars for Blacks, no Blacks with equal voting rights in parliament or on the Supreme Court, etc. The very charge of ‘apartheid' against Israel is not merely a lie but a lie with genocidal purposes.”

The phoner's assertion that Israel “occupies the territory of others” is similar to other such buzz phrases commonly uttered by the Israel-phobic crowd. But the accusation is unsupported by the facts. First, the Jews had returned to their ancient land and reestablished a sovereign state in accordance with international law in an area called "Palestine" populated mainly by Jews and Arabs.

Secondly, Security Council Resolution 242 remains the basis for subsequent peace plans including the Israeli-Palestinian 1993 Oslo accords that requires only Israeli military withdrawal from unspecified portions of territory gained in self-defense in 1967, and Israel has already withdrawn from most of the territory – the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip. In addition, the most relevant international law, the League of Nations' Palestine Mandate, Article 6, encourages "close Jewish settlement on the land" west of the Jordan River and that Article 6 is incorporated by Article 80, the so-called "Palestine article" of the U.N. Charter. The United States upheld the Mandate, including Article 6, when Congress approved the Anglo-American Convention of 1924. Assertions that Jewish communities in the West Bank and Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem constitute “occupation” are purely political and propagandistic in nature, regardless of who makes them. Meanwhile, Jewish villages and towns built in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria, the ancient homeland of the Jewish people) since 1967 are no more illegal than areas built by Arabs since then in previously existing Arab villages and towns.

February 10, 2015 – 8:21 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: GERRY CONNOLLY, U.S. Representative [D-Virginia].

Topic: Ukraine conflict.

Caller: Rob from Gardiner, Kansas (click here to view).

Detached-from-reality caller asserts, “if they [Israel] got rid of theirs [purported nuclear weapons], everybody else would not want nuclear weapons either, like Iran,  for example, …”

Caller: “I really want to make three quick comments about the three subjects we're discussing here -- one is on the Ukraine. I think non-direct military action from the United States -- we had a young officer from Ukraine on the CBS news with Scott Pelley yesterday saying please do not send U.S. soldiers just send us weapons. They do not want direct involvement from the U.S. on their behalf because it'll mean more people killed and the country bombed and ruined.”

Guest: “What you say is important and I think no one is saying we should send troops. I think it was very clear they did not want direct involvement from the West on their behalf there because that will escalate things and have more people killed and more of the country ruined, bombed, and such. I think it is important to stress, no one is saying we should their and there are no calls for direct military involvement in the Ukraine by us or the West.”

Caller: “Secondly, the third comment is I think Israel, they have nuclear weapons and when it comes to negotiations with Iran, they should put that on the table and we should say, okay, what is Israel doing? They cannot really bomb their neighbors because the radiation will just come back on them, so it does not make sense for Israel to have nuclear weapons. Whereas if they got rid of theirs, everybody else would not want nuclear weapons either, like Iran, for example, we have been struggling with that for years and quite honestly I think it is a waste of time.”

Host: “I'll have the congressmen weigh in on those two issues.”

Guest: “I think I dealt with the first one. I agree with you, no one wants to see that and that is precisely why I want to preempt that action diplomatically and militarily in helping shore up the capabilities of the Ukrainians to defend their own sovereignty, and to send a signal to the Russians that their aggression will not be rewarded. With respect to Iran, I respectfully disagree. I think the interim agreement of what's called the P5+1 group has helped and has worked. It is not the ultimate of resolution of the nuclear threat, but we have an engagement within a dialogue and a debate and the Iranians are paying a high price in sanctions and they know it. Their economy is in deep trouble. Their population is restive about that. The Rohani government got elected on the promise of economic reform and a return to more economic prosperity. So, they have to deliver on that promise or risk the wrath of their electorate. So, we have a lot going for us. On the other hand, we want to make sure that the Iranians are not just playing us for time. If that's the case and if we become convinced of that, I think we have to look at other options with respect to how we resolve this nuclear threat from Iran.”

NOTE: Phoner asserts that “it does not make sense for Israel to have nuclear weapons…” But Israel is not now and never has been a threat to any country unless that country posed a clear and immanent great danger. Relevant facts are irrelevant to the legion of Washington Journal callers, like this one, obsessively antagonistic toward Israel. Whenever Israel is assailed on this basis, viewers are rarely if ever reminded that, unlike Iran's nuclear capability, there is little reason to fear Israel's presumed nuclear capability since Israel does not threaten other countries with destruction and is perceived as highly unlikely to share any nuclear weaponry knowledge with any other country.

Furthermore, a nuclear-armed Iran poses a real threat to national security interests for a variety of reasons. A crisis involving a nuclear-armed Iran could result in a nuclear war in the Middle East. At some point, Iran could develop delivery vehicles capable of nuclear bombing the east coast of the United States. So, while Israel is very threatened by Iran's nuclear program, the United States also has genuine reason to be greatly worried about Iran's threat to the homeland.

February 10, 2015 – 9:03 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: LUKE MESSER, U.S. Representative [R-Indiana].

Topic: Combating ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria).

Caller: Terry from Satellite Beach, Florida (click here to view).

In a C-SPAN rarity, a guest appropriately repudiates antisemitic, Israel-phobic caller. Even more rare for C-SPAN, a host challenges such a caller.

Caller: “What I don't understand is all the fear mongering about Russia. After all it was Russia that defeated Nazi Germany. They were the ones that made the large sacrifice of 22 million people. We only lost have a million people in that war. They were given Russia in the conference. There were given the country of Ukraine in the Yalta conference. You talk about aggression. I mean, you keep playing with this guy Putin and you will get us all killed. If we have a war with Russia it will arrive in the lower 48. As far as aggression goes, you say we cannot tolerate aggression with Russia, but what about Israel? They seem to attack everybody – you know, all their neighbors generally unprovoked. They bomb everybody. Nobody seems to talk about that and you know why that is congressman? You and the rest of them are taking Jewish lobbyist's money and that's why...”

Host (interrupting): “Terry, Terry, hold on. You are making lots of assertions there. You don't have evidence of that against the congressman and making the accusation that Israel attacks all of its neighbors unprovoked.”

Guest: “There is a lot in those comments. First, if you want to defend Vladimir Putin and Russia, you can but I will not. This is not the first time. There's been aggression in Crimea and Georgia. In the last presidential debate, Mitt Romney declared that Russia is America's potential biggest geopolitical foe and President Obama laughed that off. We are seeing now, frankly, that Russia is a dangerous foe that we have to deal with diplomatically, but we also have to understand is that they only respond to strength. I travelled to that region of the world. When you talk to the leaders in that region of the world, they will tell you it is better to hit Russia in the forehead with a shoe than to speak with them out of passivity and weakness. No one relishes or challenges in that region. We need to be clear about who our allies are and speak with strength in dealing with them.

When it comes to Israel – I have to tell you – Israel is are our best and most consistent ally on the planet. I stand with Israel. It has nothing to do wit any Jewish lobby. Frankly, I represent an area of the country in rural Indiana where there is not a very large Jewish population at all. I have had the opportunity to travel to Israel to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu. They are in a hostile region of the world. If those around Israel stop attacking Israel tomorrow, there would be peace. If those around Israel disarm, there would be peace. If Israel disarmed, she would be destroyed. So, to pretend anything but that Israel stands to defend themselves, frankly, sir, I just reject that.”
 
Host: “Do you think it was appropriate for the Speaker of the House to invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress and go around the White House in what they call a breach of protocol?”

But reportedly, Prime Minister Netanyahu only accepted Speaker John Boehner's invitation after he became aware that the White House had been informed and had a chance to object.

Guest: “I think it was entirely appropriate. The Speaker of the House extends these invitations. I understand that there is a matter of courtesy. Over the course of history Speakers have tried to confer with the president on those matters. But no one has ever pretended that somehow the President has veto power over who comes and speaks before Congress. Could there have been more courtesy? Maybe. But we don't see a lot of courtesy with this president. I think we live in unique times and we need to be very clear that we stand with Israel. And, frankly we need our best ally in that region to help the American people understand what the true breadth and depth of our risks surrounding or negotiations with Iran over nuclear weapons. We cannot allow Iran to have nuclear weapons. If Iran does, the world will be forever changed [for the worse]. That's not acceptable and I think Benjamin Netanyahu will be an important messenger to the American people definitely.”

February 8, 2015 – 7:33 a.m.

Host: STEVE SCULLY (sscully@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: President Obama's expected request for Congressional authorization for military action against ISIS [Islamic State terrorist army].

Tweeter: Maria Schicklgruber @hcwcars [to @cspanwj] . Click here to view.

Adolf Hitler's last name was originally Schicklgruber. So, Tweeter evidently identifies herself/himself with the Nazi genocidal murderers of six million European Jews. Host pays no heed to this.

Tweeter: “What's the difference between Mr. Putin stealing parts of the Ukraine & Israel stealing Palestine? We never punish Israel.”

Host: “You can join in on the conversation at facebook.com/c-span.”

NOTE: Host Scully fecklessly fails to comment on the “Schicklgruber” part. Scully personifies C-SPAN's chronic airing and tolerance of anti-Israel, anti-Jewish callers, tweets and emails. Here, Scully accepts the false equating of Russian aggression against the sovereign country of Ukraine – with Israel's self defense tactics against murderous attacks upon its citizens originating from terrorist-dominated non-sovereign territories aimed at destroying the Jewish state.

February 8, 2015 – 7:39 a.m.

Host: STEVE SCULLY (sscully@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: President Obama's expected request for Congressional authorization for military action against ISIS [Islamic State terrorist army].

Caller: Rose from Rochester, New York (click here to view).

Host Scully characteristically accepts the detached-from-reality phoner's blame-the-Jews and blame-America explanation for the “ISIS problem.” What about the Islamists' self-proclaimed dominant aim of establishing a worldwide Islamic government (caliphate)? Scully is either unwilling or incapable of voicing this reality.

Caller: “I guess the topic appears to have turned to war versus no war. Our problem in the world – or the problem in the world – is that the problems are fueled by America. America's problems are fueled by America, there's no doubt. For starters, we start with too many politicians with one main agenda of greed. This ISIS problem, for example, we created that in the Middle East. We have gone in, in saying we are protecting our little friend Israel. We have bombed much of the Middle East in the one goal of protecting our little friend Israel. We bombed Afghanistan. We bombed Iraq. We bombed Syria. Now, we have been setting our sights on Iran. There is talk about bombing eventually Lebanon and Turkey. I think part of the problem, too, is that we should not be a negotiator at the table with Palestine and Israel.”

Host: “Okay, Rose from New York.”

NOTE : Where does phoner “Rose” get her information from in forming this opinion? Typically, Scully fails to inquire. Facilitated by Washington Journal hosts in fecklessly failing to challenge such polemicist callers, a serious problem is the potential harm to gullible psyches in the large C-SPAN audience (C-SPAN claims 28 million weekly viewers).

February 7, 2015 – 8:02 a.m.

Host: PEDRO ECHEVARRIA (pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: KEVIN BARON, Defense One magazine executive editor.

Topic: U.S. Strategy against ISIS [Islamic State terrorist army].

Caller: Joe from Louisiana (click here to view).

Heavily Arab-accented caller spins conspiracy yarn absurdly involving Israel as a participant in the group creating ISIS. At C-SPAN, a caller vilifying Israel is a common occurrence.

Caller: “I would like to ask a question to see if you can give me the answer about the (indiscernible) . I heard that ISIS was framed in Jordan, financed by Saudi Arabia, trained by Israelis against Syrian government to (indiscernible) Bashar Al-Assad. So, this was created by these four groups – Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Israelis (indiscernible). Is that true or not?”

Guest: “I would say not. You are halfway right on some of that from what I know. But I think it sounds like a grand conspiracy, which cannot be possible in some cases. ISIS spun out of Iraq and it spun out of Al- Qaeda and such. It is a longer story. ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi was in Iraq years ago. He was a gunrunner, running bomb making materials across the river into Baghdad area and he was known to American forces. That group came of that area. The funding is coming from everywhere. There are traces absolutely into Saudi Arabia, whether it is official or not, citizen funding. Their training, it depends. ISIS has fighters from more than a dozen countries, easily. A lot of them came from right where they are. The only thing – about Israel -- this is the last thing Israel wants. Creating this does not great stability for them. I'm a Pentagon reporter, a defense reporter. Stability and security are sought. This is why the U.S. is close partners with regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and every other country, no matter how undemocratic they may be, to create stability and security in the region because it is beneficial for the United States. Every country thinks that way. It is the hard reality of government and politics.”

February 6, 2015 – 8:27 a.m.

Host: PETER SLEN (pslen@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: DONNA F. EDWARDS, U.S. Representative [D] Maryland.

Topic: Fiscal Year 2016 Budget and the Federal Workforce.

Caller: Bob from Petersburg, Virginia. (click here to view).

Off-topic phoner makes defamatory, unchallenged accusation that the Israelis (or at least those who support Prime Minister Netanyahu) are folks “just like the Ku Klux Klan.” Comparing Israel to the KKK, a white racist group persecuting black Americans, is especially obscene because Israel is the very antithesis of a country practicing racism. The refutation of this accusation is the presence in Israel of thousands of dark-skinned fully assimilated Israeli Jewish citizens from Ethiopia, Yemen and India. As the late New York Times columnist William Safire memorably wrote on Jan. 7, 1985 after “Operation Moses,” the rescue of Ethiopian black Jews, was revealed, “For the first time in history, thousands of black people are being brought to a country not in chains but in dignity, not as slaves but as citizens.”
 
Caller: “Look, I am very disappointed that the Republicans have invited Israel's Netanyahu over here without going through the protocol that you have to. I think all the taxpayers in this country are being cheated when we have to pay taxes, and it looks to me that with all the money we give Israel, they would at least have more respect for the Democratic side of our political system. I think we are looking at the Republicans – and Netanyahu – they got folks over there just like the Ku Klux Klan – but I think that's the kind of people they have. I hope the Democrats will get people rallied up because we need to get the Republicans back out of their completely. I hope you all have a nice day. Thank you.”

When phoner brought up the infamous racist KKK, equating it to Israel, host should have immediately interrupted – in order to clarify intent – saying something like, “Are you really saying that Israel is like the KKK?” But this is probably too much to expect from the supposed “public service” Washington Journal program that is chronically guilty of journalistic malpractice especially when Jews or Israel are being bashed.

Guest: “Thank you, Bob. I want to separate a couple of things because the United States has a strong, long, and important alliance with the democracy in the Middle East that is Israel. But that is a separate question from whether the speaker of the House, John Boehner, should have invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of the Congress without consulting the White House, and without consulting our Democratic leadership, as is the protocol and just a couple weeks before his own election in Israel. It is unheard of, it is unprecedented, it is against protocol, and it is wrong. But that does not have anything to do with the alliance that we have as allies with Israel. In fact, in the newspapers in Israel, every single day, there has been an outcry and an outrage against Prime Minister Netanyahu for even scheduling this visit to come to the United States. There is a lot of time between now and March 3, and my true hope is that the prime minister will see the danger that is being done to our relationship by coming here and will choose for his country and for ours and for that special relationship, not to come to the United States. And more than that, for Speaker Boehner, who issued the invitation in the first place, to call the prime minister and say, “You know what, it is not such a good time, let's wait until after your election.”

NOTE: Guest, while going on at length espousing partisan Democrat Party view of the controversy related to the Netanyahu invitation, appropriately reminds viewers that Israel is an important U.S. ally. Host Slen should have asked guest about what support there is in Israel and the United States for a pre-March 3 visit by the prime minister. Slen would have done well to shed light on caller's views by attempting to identify his information sources by asking something like, “In order to inform yourself – what are you reading, viewing on television, listening to on the radio or what Web sites are you visiting?”

As to phoner's outrage related to Israel's supposed disrespect for the U.S. political system despite “all the money we give Israel,” C-SPAN never informs viewers of the mutually beneficial relationship between America and Israel. At least three points are relevant here. First, financial (it is military only) aid to Israel constitutes only a tiny portion of the federal budget (less than 0.1 percent). Second, Israel is required by U.S. law to spend most (74 percent) of the U.S. aid (which totals $3 billion per year) in the United States for the purchase of military materials which helps create or sustain thousands of American jobs. Third, cooperative arrangements with Israel provide technology benefits to America related to unmanned aircraft, anti-missile defenses, battlefield medical techniques – and intelligence on anti-U.S. as well as anti-Israeli Arab and Islamic radicals.

Obviously, Israel is the best bargain the American taxpayer has in terms of U.S. aid to any nation.

February 5, 2015 – 7:12 a.m.

Host: BILL SCANLAN (bscanlan@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c- span.org).

Topic: Open phones – callers' comments on the news of the day.

Caller: Herbie from Moss Point, Mississippi (click here to view).
 
Typically, a C-SPAN host indulges conspiracy mongering views of a blame-America, blame-the-Jews phoner with obvious scant knowledge of the Middle East. Millions of Washington Journal potential viewers (C-SPAN claims 28 million weekly viewers) are routinely subjected to hearing defamation of Israel and the Jewish people. No other ethnic or religious groups are victimized like this on Washington Journal. C-SPAN executives Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy, like network founder Brian Lamb before them, stonewall public complaint on this matter.

Host: “What is your topic this morning?”

Caller: “On the veteran thing, you can never pay the veterans too much. We pay some senators and congressmen, you know, the crisis we are (indiscernible) paying them, I never feel like we can ever give our veterans too much. But on this war and things going on in the Middle East, you know, we are over there retaliating (indiscernible). We went into Iraq and the ISIS and all of these terrorists over there are trying to do the same thing as the United States – and that is retaliate. I think our whole problem with the Middle East, we probably do have truly a religious war going on there. The United Nations put Israel into the middle of those Muslim countries and then it's trying to defend them while they bomb and do the same thing. They are causing the problem over there. And when we go back to the United Nations, Palestinians going back to the United Nations to try to get justice there…”

Host (interrupting): “Herbie, should the U.S. not defend Israel, one of its allies?”

Caller: “The thing is, what Israel is doing with the two-state solution, if the United Nations put them there and now the Palestinians are going to the United Nations to justify what Israel is doing there, and now Israel don't respect the United Nations, then the United Nations job is to get them out of there.”

Host: “I appreciate your comments on public policy issue or whatever you want to talk about this morning. The numbers are on the screen.”

NOTE: Herbie's two-minute rant includes the demand, “… get them [Israel] out of there.” Out of where? Does Herbie advocate forced abandonment of the Jewish state in the Jews' ancient land thereby making them a stateless people again? Typically such questions are not asked by the C-SPAN host. Instead, host Scanlan encourages the caller to continue ranting by asking, “Should the U.S. not defend Israel, one of its allies?”

In order to shed light on callers' fringe views, Washington Journal hosts should open by attempting to identify caller's information sources by asking something like, “In order to inform yourself -- what are you reading, viewing on television, listening to on the radio or what Web sites are you visiting?” But this may be asking too much of the supposed “public service” program.

February 5, 2015 – 7:29 a.m.

Host: BILL SCANLAN (bscanlan@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c- span.org).

Topic: Open phones – callers' comments on the news of the day.

Caller: David from Iron Mountain, Michigan (click here to view).

Caller is another of the sizable cadre of Washington Journal anti-Israel phoners who, while alleging that Israel commits savage acts, ignore the daily in-the-news actual savage acts of Muslim jihadists.

Caller: “You had a fellow on their about the F-35 [military aircraft]. There are people, including the designer, who will tell you it is the worst aircraft ever built. How about listening to the retired assistant director of the NSA saying nothing is going to change. It will stay the same or get worse. [Seemingly reading from something] How about a young Jewish American young fellow who went into Israel and he said, ‘I've never seen such a colonialistic state in my life, spewing nothing but hatred.' How about a young Israeli soldier, Mr. Rabbani, he said. ‘I was there when the Palestinian families were murdered. I was there when the families were ravaged. How about an Israeli pilot who said, ‘The Palestinians were never warned before the bombs were dropped.”

Host: “David, thanks for your comment.”

NOTE: Typically, a C-SPAN Washington Journal host accepts caller's unsubstantiated anti-Israel allegations. Who is the “young Jewish American fellow” maligner of Israel and who is the “young Israeli soldier, Mr. Rabbani” who accuses Israel of murdering Palestinian families? The name “Rabbani” is an unlikely one for an Israeli soldier. Could Rabbani be the well-known writer/blogger/music producer Shuja Rabbani, originally from Afghanistan, or well-known Mouin Rabbani of the anti-Israel Institute for Palestine Studies? What is the phoner's source material? Questions are not asked. As usual, Journal airs such accusations without scrutiny.

Contrary to the phoner's defamatory allegations against Israel, roughly half of the Arab fatalities, in Israel's recent defensive war against the Hamas rulers of Gaza Strip, consisted of combatants. The responsibility for that disproportionately low ratio of non-combatant deaths (U.N. estimates for Afghanistan and Iraq are 1:3 and 1:4 combatant-to-non-combatant fatalities, respectively) was Israel's, due to its restrictive rules of engagement, as noted by U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, who recently testified, “The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] is not interested in creating civilian casualties. They're interested in stopping the shooting of rockets and missiles out of the Gaza Strip and into Israel.”

Responsibility for any non-combatant deaths belong to Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian terrorist groups, which fired nearly 4,600 mortars and rockets – all of them unguided, aimed generally at Israeli civilian areas. When it comes to war crimes, each such Palestinian launch was just that. But C-SPAN viewers would never be informed of this.

January 26, 2015 – 8:13 a.m.

Host: PAUL ORGEL (porgel@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Obama administration (third-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Defense).

Topic: U.S. efforts against global terrorism.

Caller: Lee from Huntington Beach, California (click here to view).

True to form, host Orgel allows this conspiracy-mongering phoner's 2-minute uninterrupted tirade. A competent host would have interrupted this phoner, at some appropriate point, such as for example, saying something like, “Okay. We get the gist of your message,” following the phoner's bizarre accusation, “[U.S. Senators] John McCain and Lindsey Graham – they are agents of Israel. They are getting lots of money from Israel.” See NOTE below.

Caller: “When I look at this stuff it is just not even reality. Bush got it completely wrong. There is the axis of evil in the Middle East – it's the oil companies, the Israelis, and the war profiteers. When I watch these people and I hear what they say, I put them in categories – like John McCain and Lindsey Graham – they are agents of Israel. They are getting lots of money from Israel. Israel wants to destroy every Arab country surrounding Israel. The war profiteers obviously want to drop a lot of bombs and make a lot of money from it. And the oil people want people that will give them the best deal in the oil-producing countries. And that is what this is all driven about. I'm not worried about terrorists at all. And these people try to beat this drum. There were no terrorists before we took out Saddam Hussein. The United States created the terrorists. They killed so many hundreds of thousands of innocent people in the Middle East because of those three interests that this will go on forever. It will never end. And these people, instead of trying to make it better, they are trying to make more money out of it. I feel that this person who is here [guest Flournoy] more represents the war profiteers.”

Orgel: “Thanks for calling. Let's hear what she has to say. Michelle Flournoy.”

Guest: “It's hard to know where to start there but I can say the al-Qaeda and terrorist groups have been targeting the United States had nothing to do with Saddam Hussein. 9/11 preceded the Iraq war. This threat is real. I do think we have to have a smarter calibrated approach to taking it on and that does not involve invading every Middle Eastern country. I also really object to the characterization of Israel and Israel's foreign policy. Israel is struggling to survive in a very bad neighborhood. It is not an aggressor vis-a-vis other states in the region. And I think that characterization – the kind of conspiracy theory that you have outlined, the facts that I have seen both inside of government and outside running a think tank just don't support that.”

NOTE: Guest appropriately refutes caller. Host Orgel is an old hand at indulging lunatic-fringe, anti-Jewish, anti-Israel paranoid conspiracy mongering phoners like “Lee from Huntington Beach.” For example, on two consecutive days in January 2010, Washington Journal host Orgel, indulged on January 1 at 9:51 AM, "Janet from Birmingham, Alabama" and then on January 2 at 7:50 AM, "Carol from Scotsville, Arizona." As the 3.5 minute clip at the link conclusively shows, both of these calls came from the same woman speaking in the same uncommon voice delivering similar uninterrupted diatribes, each beginning with the same phrase, “First of all …”

Orgel didn't get it then in 2010 – and he doesn't get it now – still mishandling such bizarre phoners. But then, he doesn't differ that much from his fellow Journal hosts all guilty of chronic journalistic malpractice as has been chronicled for several years in CAMERA's C-SPAN Watch Web feature.

January 26, 2015 – 8:26 a.m.

Host: PAUL ORGEL (porgel@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Obama administration (third-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Defense).

Topic: U.S. efforts against global terrorism.

Caller: Kelly from Rome, Georgia (click here to view).

Host Orgel, in contrast to his indulgent handling of antisemitic caller “Lee” (above), cuts off caller Kelly who has taken notice of numerous antisemitic calls from the program's cadre of indulged anti-Israel, anti-Jewish phoners.

Caller: “I find it very funny [bizarre] that everyone [the Washington Journal cadre of numerous anti-Israel, antisemitic callers generally indulged] seems to be bashing the Jews. It's very antisemitic. One thing that I found out funny is that does anyone know we keep kicking the can down the road toward Iran and does anyone know that Valerie Jarrett [the senior advisor to President Obama] has family in Iran and I had one other question. Is it legal or illegal to take your oath of office on the Koran and the liberal media things seem to keep saying that for some reason this one religion that we continue to hold up on high seems to be the one religion that we continue to hold up on high? …”

Orgel (interrupting): “Alright Kelly. Kelly lays some points out there. I'm not sure if it's connected to any policy. Is there anything you want to respond to?”

Guest: “I'm not sure how to respond.”

January 25, 2015 – 7:56 a.m.

Host: STEVE SCULLY (sscully@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Road to the White House 2016 – who do you like?

Host: “It was one of the darkest chapters in world history – the anniversary of this later this week. It was January 27, 1945 – the liberation of Auschwitz. More than one million Jews were incarcerated and killed at Auschwitz. This is a story this morning, how Auschwitz is misunderstood. One of a number of concentration camps put together by Hitler's Nazi Germany. A piece this morning inside The New York Times on the upcoming somber anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.”

[Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in German Nazi-occupied Oświęcim, Poland was constructed in 1940 and went on to become a major site for the extermination of Jews. From early 1942 until late 1944, trains delivered Jews to the camp's gas chambers from all over German-occupied Europe, where they were killed with the pesticide Zyklon B. At least 1.1 million prisoners died at Auschwitz, around 90 percent of them Jewish; approximately 1 in 6 Jews killed in the Holocaust died at the camp.]

Caller: Jeremiah from Cleveland, Ohio (click here to view).

Holocaust-denier's racist message is facilitated by host Scully who asks follow-up questions encouraging additional inflammatory verbiage from antisemitic “Jeremiah from Cleveland.”

Caller (speaking very rapidly seemingly from prepared notes): “I was listening to the caller intently. We're all being crazy. Just like Ross Perot, Donald Trump might be the only potential candidate that will not kowtow to the dictates of AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee], the ADL [Anti-Defamation League], and the Khazarian Zionist agenda. Especially since you just mentioned the ‘pseudo' narrative of the Holocaust. The Zionist [indiscernible] … to make that ceremonial trip to the Western Wailing Wall [supporting wall for Jerusalem's Temple Mount].”

Host (interrupting): “I've got to find out. What do you mean by the ‘pseudo narrative of Auschwitz?'”

Caller: “There is a voluminous amount of material as far as census information and things of that nature. I find that the greatest scholars that speak to the Khazarian Zionist agenda are actually Israelis – Avi Shlaim, Shlomo Sand … ”

Host: “Okay. But what's your point?”

Caller: “The point is, this nation needs to stop kowtowing to the Khazarian Zionist agenda. There needs to be some honesty to bring about some of the correct narrative of that whole situation.”

Host: “This is off-topic – but what narrative do you think is wrong?”

Caller: “Because we do not have a time. We always glance over the Balfour Declaration or the 1919 meeting of Paris, Versailles. We always glance over the British deal with the Zionist agenda – world Zionist organization plan of …”

Host (interrupting): “I'm going to stop you there back. We are going to move on.”

NOTE: Host Scully, knowing full-well what the caller's anti-Jewish, Holocaust-denial point is, asks caller, “What is your point?” But a key question that Scully needs to be asked is, “What is your point in facilitating the inflammatory false message of the Holocaust denier?” This is another instance of Washington Journal's chronic journalistic malpractice that has been chronicled for several years in CAMERA's C-SPAN Watch Web feature.

The phoner propagandistically repeatedly uses the phrase, “Khazarian Zionist agenda” that host Scully, characteristically, is either incapable or unwilling to explain or even cast doubt on. It refers to the discredited theory, supported by some anti-Israel, antisemitic types and a couple of fringe Israeli writers, that today's Ashkenazi (mainly European) Jews, rather than descending from the ancient Biblical Israeli Jews, actually descend entirely from the non-Semitic Khazars, a nomadic Turkic tribe, that thrived between the 7th and 10th centuries, while the Sephardi Jews (mainly from Arab countries and Spain) descend from Berbers and other groups of converts. This baseless theory is often trotted out in support of the false Palestinian Arab narrative claiming that the Israeli Jews have no rightful ancestral claim to the Land. The false claim has also been uttered by some followers of Rev. Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam movement. They repeatedly use descriptions like "the so-called Jews that are in Israel right now are not the Jews from Israel," that is, not descendants of biblical Jews.

But such claims are belied by science and history. Continuous Jewish diaspora history, from the Roman expulsions to the rebirth of Israel as a Jewish state, and modern DNA testing, which indicates strongly both Jewish genealogical continuity and Middle Eastern origins, contradict such antisemitic falsehoods – not that one would know from Washington Journal that they were false or how they originated.

January 25, 2015 – 9:20 a.m.

Host: STEVE SCULLY (sscully@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: Steve McMahon, Democratic Party strategist.

Topic: Potential 2016 Democratic Field.

Caller: Doug from Brookline, Massachusetts (click here to view).

British accented “Doug” is a repeat obsessive anti-Israel, antisemitic caller invariably welcomed to the program to recite his message. This time Doug vilifies AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, one of the most influential foreign policy lobbies. AIPAC is valued by the U.S. Congress as a unique source of accurate important information about the Middle East.

Caller: “Jim Webb [former U.S. senator (D-VA)] has already been targeted by AIPAC for annihilation including other alleged anti-Israeli lobbyists. Would your guest care to comments upon the power of these (indiscernible) and their ability to affect United States outcomes? Thanks very much. Bye-bye.”

Guest: “AIPAC is one of many lobbies that has a constituency and an agenda. When their agenda is threatened, they speak out. When individuals are threatening it, they speak out against those individuals. They are not really unlike any other institution in this town – the chamber of commerce or the pharmaceutical industry or organized labor or the Koch brothers or folks that are able to fund independent expenditures or publically disclosed expenditures that advocate for their point of view. There is no question that it would be better in my view, if some of these voices were constrained a little bit more, particularly those who are funding the secret dark money politics that so many people object to.

AIPAC is a legitimate advocacy organization in this town, as are many others, and then there is the secret, sort of off of the books super Pac funds that do the more nefarious work. I have no problem with what AIPAC does every single day or even what they are doing to Jim Webb because they do it, you know, in pursuit of an agenda and a cause that they believe deeply. People can object to or agree with what they like and fund what they like. But AIPAC is no different than any other legitimate advocacy group in this town.”

NOTE: Phoner Doug's prior calls (all anti-Israel) include Oct. 20, 2013 (9:55 a.m.) (click here to view); Sept. 15, 2013 (9:54 a.m.) (click here to view); March 20, 2013 (9:52 AM) (click here to view); Feb. 3, 2013 (8:21 AM) (click here to view); Oct 19, 2012 (8:15 AM) (click here to view); May 4, 2012 (9:14 AM) (click here to view); March 4, 2012 (9:18 AM) (click here to view); Jan. 8, 2012 (9:06 AM), Nov. 25, 2011 (9:06 AM), April 24, 2011 (9:32 AM), Feb. 19, 2011 (8:45 AM), Dec. 27, 2010 (7:50 AM), Nov. 24, 2010 (9:10 AM), April 11, 2010 (8:51 AM), Jan.1, 2010 (9:13 AM), Dec 20, 2009 (9:09 AM).

January 24, 2015 – 9:41 a.m.

Host: JOHN MCARDLE (jmcardle@eenews.net, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org). Guest host McArdle is a reporter for E & E Publishing which is mainly concerned with energy and climate policy.

Topic: Kickoff to 2016 elections – Iowa Freedom Summit.

Caller: Ortman from Mobile, Alabama (click here to view).

Caller expresses anti-Republican Party, anti-Israel views which host typically accepts without comment.

Caller: “I want to talk about this summit. I used to be a Republican until I saw over the last several years that they changed their views concerning our Constitution. It's a constitution that was voted for the people by the people. We are not supposed to support a war government such as Israel or Egypt. The prime minister of Israel is coming to our country to influence the president and Congress with war ideas. The Republican Party has crossed the line. They are worse than the British Empire. They have lost their vision. I want the Republican Party to be the true Republican Party, like Lincoln. Lincoln was against racism. They call themselves Republican but they will not solve the race problem and the problem of poverty. They always blame the victim. So, let's have a true Republican party and not let foreign governments lead us to war and dictate our vision. Thank you.”

Host: That was Ortman in Mobile, Alabama.

NOTE: C-SPAN hosts typically are unable or unwilling to refute or otherwise respond to a caller's comments defaming Jews or Israel or – comment regarding the other side of a contentious issue especially when it pertains to Jews or Israel. In this case, Congress, as one of the three-coequal branches of the United States government according to the Constitution, has a right to invite speakers whether or not the Executive branch approves.

Regarding the suitability of United States support of Israel, viewers deserve to be informed how Israel is a valuable ally. Cooperative arrangements with Israel provide technology benefits to America related to unmanned aircraft, anti-missile defenses, battlefield medical techniques – and intelligence on anti-U.S. as well as anti-Israeli Arab and Islamic radicals.

Characteristically, host McArdle simply accepts phoner's comments potentially leading uninformed or biased viewers to believe that phoner's biased views are factually correct.

January 23, 2015 – 8:20 a.m.

Host: PETER SLEN (pslen@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: Marc C. Ginsberg, former ambassador to Morocco.

Topic: U.S. efforts against global terrorism.

Host: Louise from Fredericksburg, Virginia (click here to view).

This caller is another of the several detached-from-reality Washington Journal phoners who assert bizarre notions such as the one here that worldwide terrorism, rather than being perpetrated by Islamic jihadists, is the responsibility of Christians and Zionists.

Caller: “I wanted to talk about religious extremism and how do we combat religious extremism when we have the Zionists. That is religious extremism. We have the Christian right here in the United States. In the state of West Virginia, when you get basic cable, you get about 20 Christian television shows. It is all outrageous stuff that you hear. It is not about Jesus and love. It is about hatred and Zionism and that Israel needs to expand or wherever it is. So, how are we going to combat extremism and terrorism when we have terrorists amongst us that are not Muslim.”

Guest: “That is a domestic issue and I may take exception to your interpretation of Christians and Zionism as extremism. I think the best way for me to answer this question is to focus on my area of expertise. That is the problem of jihadi radical Islamic ideology and its attractiveness to young Americans who have been self-radicalized on the Internet. And why they believe for some reason that being a soldier of terror against innocent people somehow will bring them redemption under the banner of Islam. It is a malignant interpretation of Islam...”

NOTE: Guest appropriately but overly briefly and only mildly challenges phoner's bizarre anti-Israel views. C-SPAN's Washington Journal, chronically exhibiting journalistic malpractice, when the matter arises invariably fails to explain that a Zionist is one who supports Zionism, the modern national liberation movement of the Jewish people. Beginning in the 1890s, it led to the reestablishment of a sovereign Jewish homeland in part of eretz Yisrael, the land of Israel.

The blame-Israel syndrome often also includes, as it does here, blaming Christian evangelicals, defining themselves as Christian Zionists, who along with Jewish Zionists, believe that the Jews are both a religious community and a people with unbroken, 3,000-year-old roots in Jerusalem and the land of Israel.

January 23, 2015 – 9:30 a.m.

Host: PETER SLEN (pslen@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Open phones – any topic.

Caller: Peggy from College Park, Maryland (click here to view).

This caller is another of the sizable cadre of anti-Israel phoners who bizarrely blame all or nearly all U.S. foreign problems on U.S. support of Israel. Typically, a C-SPAN host is either unwilling or incapable of challenging.

Caller: “A few things real quick -- I'm sorry for the French people about the attack. But as an American, I have a sense that for once, I have a feeling of relief that it was not us.

Let people fight for themselves. It is nice to have a peaceful America. Israel is not an extension of the U. S. I have a lot of Jewish friends and I love Israel. But [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu does not like us and we cannot continue to be drawn into war. We are powerful -- not by provoking people. Thank you and God bless America.”

NOTE: First, unlike several other U.S. allies, Israel has always fought its own battles (defensive in nature) without drawing in the United States. At least, the host should have probed the phoner's misunderstanding (or preposterous view) of the situation. Secondly, regarding the Israel/United States alliance, cooperative arrangements with Israel provide technology benefits to America related to unmanned aircraft, anti-missile defenses, battlefield medical techniques – and intelligence on anti-U.S. as well as anti-Israeli Arab and Islamic radicals.

January 22, 2015 – 8:45 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: Tom McClintock U.S. Representative [R] California.

Topic: Republican reaction to The State of the Union address.

Caller: Frank from Chicago, Illinois (click here to view),

Phoner's method of providing funding to community colleges is to acquire the funds by eliminating aid (all of it military) to Israel (and Egypt).

Caller: “I have a very simple solution for the middle class. If they think back to what happened in the 1960's and early 1970's, where you were able to deduct the interest you paid on automobiles and credit cards, and then they took that away. If there's a problem, they can put that right back, it wouldn't take them 15 minutes. They could pass that and we'd be in good shape. The other problem is they're talking about needing $5 billion for community colleges. All they have to do is just take the money they give to Egypt and Israel, $5 billion a year, that would pay for the community colleges. Simple as that.”

Guest: “There are a lot of trade-offs that have to be involved in calculations like that. What would be the impact on our foreign policy? What would be the impact on destabilizing Israel which would be catastrophic in that region? I'm not quite sure that I could endorse that particular prescription but your overall point is correct. In order to do this, you have to reduce spending, not increase taxes. As I pointed out earlier, we are in a period of record taxation. We are well above the 40 year average in the percentage of the economy that the government is extracting in taxes. That is not the solution to our problems. That is going to do further harm to the economy.”

Host: “Should there be further sanctions on Iran despite the veto threat from the President and his call to let diplomacy work?”

Guest: “I believe we should. The government of Iran has made its intentions very clear. We also have to remember, that the government of Iran is not all that stable. There is a huge freedom movement seething under the surface of Iran. A little moral support from the United States could go a long way toward a freedom revolution in Iran. And I'm afraid that's going to be the only way to reduce the threat that Iran poses – not only to its neighbors but also to the United States.”

Host: “The Speaker of the House has invited Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, to speak before congress about Iran on February 11. The White House says this is a breach of protocol.”

Guest: “Well, Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the great world leaders of our time. He has offered a far more sensible policy in the Middle East than we have seen out of this administration. The Congress has every right and, in fact, I would argue a responsibility, to seek his counsel on these matters.”

NOTE: Guest appropriately asserts the right of Congress to invite speakers deemed to be knowledgeable about a critical area of the world, especially including Israel's leader.

Caller's notion of how to provide funding for perceived domestic needs is remindful that no one ever tells C-SPAN viewers in detail of the mutually beneficial relationship between America and Israel. At least three points are relevant here. First, financial (it is military only) aid to Israel constitutes only a tiny portion of the federal budget – less than 0.1 percent – whereas, for example, federal entitlement programs account for 61 percent of the federal budget. Second, Israel is required by U.S. law to spend most (74 percent) of the U.S. aid (which totals $3 billion per year) in the United States for the purchase of military materials which helps create or sustain thousands of American jobs. Third, cooperative arrangements with Israel provide technology benefits to America related to unmanned aircraft, anti-missile defenses, battlefield medical techniques – and intelligence on anti-U.S. as well as anti-Israeli Arab and Islamic radicals.
 
Obviously, Israel is the best bargain the American taxpayer has in terms of U.S. aid to any nation.

January 12, 2015 – 7:28 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: World leaders gather in Paris for unity march [against Islamist terrorism].

Caller: Samuel from New Mexico (click here to view).

Discussing the subject of unity against Islamist terrorism, C-SPAN's Brawner typically indulges an anti-Israel polemicist caller, “Samuel,” who bizarrely hammers Israel's prime minister as “a terrorist” and “oppressor” while failing to mention anyone else. Such is the nature of Washington Journal's chronic journalistic malpractice catering to haters of the Jewish nation.

Caller: “There was a terrorist on the front lines of that march and his name is Benjamin Netanyahu. Everyone has a right to know that. He is a terrorist and a huge oppressor. Fourteen years into the war on terror and it's been a complete failure. It hasn't stopped radical Islam at all while fighting an unnecessary war [caller hangs up].”

Host: “Samuel, why do you think – I guess we won't find out about his opinion about the leader of Israel. You can see him here in this picture on front page of Washington Times. Benjamin Netanyahu is there, France's President Francois Hollande, with Angela Merkel and Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian people. There were a total of 40 world leaders that gathered in Paris and marched along with 1.6 million people. The gathering was so large that it almost paralyzed the whole city. The Washington Times, this morning, had this headline. Egypt's leader urges Muslim clerics to end [Islamic] terrorism. They write about a speech given by the Egyptian president recently to a bunch of Islamic leaders at Cairo University. The message of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to them was, to the Muslim clerics, telling them that parts of Islam ideology are indeed driving terrorists to kill worldwide …”
 
January 12, 2015 – 7:32 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: World leaders gather in Paris for unity march [against Islamist terrorism].

Caller: Talib from Linden, New Jersey (click here to view).

Host Brawner repeats her journalistic malpractice indulgence (as with caller “Samuel”) with phoner “Talib.”

Caller: “I was just going to follow up on the last caller previous to (indiscernible). I can't understand how you can have the biggest terrorist in the world, Benjamin Netanyahu, in the front of the line.

Host (interrupting): “Why do you call him a terrorist?”

Caller: “Because he killed 2000 Palestinians. He should have been arrested. He is the biggest terrorist out there. Benjamin Netanyahu [emphasizing “yahu” while pronouncing it as “yahoo].”

Host (interrupting): “Some people think that they can say the same about Abbas, the leader of the Palestinians.”

Caller (impatiently): “He's got an army and air force and drones all funded by the American government. He is the biggest world terrorist out there.”

Host: “Alright. Callers Samuel and Talib taking issue with having Benjamin Netanyahu, one of the leaders marching arm in arm with the French president. They were marching in central Paris.”

January 12, 2015 – 7: 42 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: World leaders gather in Paris for unity march [against Islamist terrorism]

Caller: Charles from Fort Collins, Colorado (click here to view).

C-SPAN's Brawner again fecklessly indulges an anti-Israel phoner. This time it involves a polemicist's lengthy tirade bashing Israel while praising Palestinian leader Abbas who is allied with the terrorist Hamas organization.

Caller: “I think one thing we should clarify about Palestinian issue and the West Bank -- Mahmoud Abbas is not a terrorist. He has been working with Israel, trying to get a two state solution. A lot of the news we don't even hear about from over there like -- after this latest conflict, Israel took over 1000 acres of the West Bank. This is what I see Israel doing because they don't want the two-state solution. They only recognize the Lebanese border.

Host (interrupting): “Okay.”

Caller: “One other point. With this march, I think it's great. We're not going to cure terrorism by going over and dropping bombs. We are going to cure it by coming together and having the imams and the Muslims stand up and say, ‘Hey, you are not us. You are not part of this. We are all Charlie.' And that's when it's going to start. What America has to do – I mean, if you look at Al Qaeda - what is their rallying cry? Well, because we had bases in Saudi Arabia. That is what Osama bin Laden was arguing about. We can't have Guantanamo, we can't have Abu Ghraib [prisoner abuse], we can't have bases over there. We can't be supporting Israel blindly toward the takeover of the Palestinian land and the decimation of their people and then say on the other hand, ‘We want to fight terrorism.' It's not going to work with homeland security. You are not going to cure the lone wolf with all of the arms in the world because they've been training in bases. They are getting all their information off the Internet. I hear people freaking out about the lone wolf coming. That's it, thanks.”

NOTE: Abbas praises and financially awards Palestinian terrorists for their deeds in attacking Jews, he is allied with the terrorist Hamas organization and his doctoral thesis featured Holocaust denial – but the phoner praises him while hammering Israel with distortions. Adding housing units in existing Jewish communities in the disputed West Bank (the ancient Jewish heartland) does not constitute taking “over 1000 acres of the West Bank.” Further, the writings of Osama bin Laden make it clear that he was driven by the desire to establish a worldwide caliphate governing with Sharia law (Islamo-fascist rules of living). Not that viewers would ever hear any of this from Washington Journal hosts and guests.

January 10, 2015 – 7:05 a.m.

Host: PEDRO ECHEVARRIA (pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Paris attacks – how should the world respond?

Caller: Ron from Florida (click here to view)

Detached-from-reality repeat phoner “Ron” charges in his every call that Israel is to be blamed for all Middle East terrorism and wars.

Caller: “We have to understand the root of terrorism. We can't go around secretly keeping these people that want to kill us from telling us why they want to kill us which is why they want to create terrorism. It's because we're trying to save our policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We can't say that they are killing us, when the Palestinians suffered so many thousands of deaths in the Israeli-Gaza war. That is the root – ISIS [Islamic state] said it – that it's because of the Palestinian conflict. And until we get our heads out of the sand we can't go ahead and get to the root of this problem.”

NOTE: Every "Ron from Miami" call contains the same false, inflammatory message – blame Israel for all Middle East wars and terrorism – examples: Sept. 11, 2011 (7:03 AM) (click here to view); June 22, 2011 (7:07 AM) (click here to view); May 7, 2011 (7:11 AM) (click here to view); March 27, 2011 (8:00 AM) (click here to view); Jan. 28, 2011 (7:03 AM) (click here to view).

January 10, 2015 – 7:09 a.m.

Host: PEDRO ECHEVARRIA (pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Paris attacks – how should the world respond?

Caller: Dan from Elizabeth, Pennsylvania (click here to view).

Typically for C-SPAN, views are accepted from detached-from-reality caller blaming Israel and America for the bloody attacks perpetrated by Islamic fanatics.

Caller: “I'm like in shock and in awe of what has happened. I would like to (indistinct) the first caller's point about the problems that are going on in Israel. My goodness, you keep bombing these people, and then you rub it in their faces. Eventually, you will get blowback. I think what we should do is apologize for all the insanity that we have brought upon the Muslim world. Thank you.”

Host: That's Dan from Elizabeth, Pennsylvania.

NOTE: The host should have tried to determine how caller became indoctrinated with this unreal notion that Israel and the United States “keep bombing these people” and deserve the inevitable “blowback.” Host could have suggested that the terror resulting from the aim of Islamic jihadists to achieve a worldwide caliphate government ruling according to Sharia law – is what leads to the caller's “shock and awe.”

January 10, 2015 – 7:22 a.m.

Host: PEDRO ECHEVARRIA (pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Paris attacks – how should the world respond?

Caller: Wazir from California (click here to view).

Preposterous narrative – casting blame on America and Israel -- accepted by host from self-proclaimed Muslim caller.

Caller: “I am Muslim, and I wanted to just point something out. You are talking about ‘response' -- the first thing that people need to realize is – initially, when you had World War II and the Jewish people were accosted by Hitler, instead of taking part of Germany, or elsewhere in Europe where they were – and getting land there, they moved the Palestinians moved off their own land. This is something that you can't do. The United States did the same thing to the native Americans. So, when you are asking about how they should respond? They should not. If they back off and come out of the Muslim world. There would not be any trouble. America has one thousand military bases around the world. The United States is a modern-day imperial empire. No one wants to recognize that she is over there. The Muslims do not have military bases over here.”

NOTE: “Wazir” believes that Hitler and his minions merely “accosted” (rather than actually having perpetrated genocide upon the Jewish population of Europe resulting in the murder of six million). Host Echevarria has no problem with this bizarre characterization – at least one not worth speaking out about. Likewise, “Wazir” draws an illogical analogy. The truth is that the Jews did not colonize any native population and did not move anyone “off their own land.” Rather, the Jewish people are the native population of the land having resided there long before Arabs arrived and continued even after expulsions. For example, the continuous majority population of Jerusalem were Jews from the 1850s until 1948 (when an Arab army forced Jews to flee eastern Jerusalem). With the reuniting of Jerusalem in 1967, Jews again became the majority of the population. Further, the historical record show that most of the Arabs who left Israel in 1948-9 did so at the urging of Arab leaders who promised them safe return after the Jews were killed or removed.

Millions of Washington Journal potential viewers (C-SPAN claims 28 million weekly viewers) are routinely subjected to hearing unanswered defamation of Israel and the Jewish people. No other ethnic or religious groups are victimized like this on Washington Journal. C-SPAN executives Susan Swain and Rob Kennedy, like network founder Brian Lamb before them, stonewall public complaint on this matter.

January 10, 2015 – 8:46 a.m.

Host: PEDRO ECHEVARRIA (pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: James Kitfield, contributing editor to National Journal.

Topic: Terror attacks in France and U.S. national security policy.

Caller: Mike from Tennessee (click here to view).

Phoner, exhibiting antisemitic derangement syndrome, cites as his authority discredited former White House correspondent Helen Thomas. Phoner is typically indulged by host. Guest refutes.

Caller: “I do not support terrorism in any way, but I want to bring up a point, that Helen Thomas, the White House press secretary [sic] who made that comment and got kicked out of the white house, for an interview with Playboy. She said Jews are in control of the White house, the media, the banks, Wall Street, Federal Reserve. My point is, if you ask any Muslim, and they believe in this, and it is actually true – that Jews control the White House – the departments in the White House – the Department of Defense, Homeland Security – the majority of them are Jews. So, my point is, why has one percent of the races of the world taken so much control of everything in the world?”

Guest: “Those canards are just not true. There is a Jewish lobby in this country that is very powerful and very powerful in this town, and they are happy to boast about their power, their influence. Because there are a lot of Jewish Americans that care very strongly about Israel, and that is American policy. Israel is a very close ally that we feel very strongly about its security. Presidents from both sides of the parties, Democrats and Republicans, have both adopted that. But I can categorically tell you that Jewish people do not control the Defense Department, do not control the White House, and do not control the government. It's a canard. It is not true.”

NOTE: Another member of the Washington Journal cadre of anti-Jewish phoners, takes advantage of the welcome mat for such callers, spewing inflammatory canards about Jewish control. The antisemitic caller's information source, long-time correspondent and White House bureau chief for a news service, Helen Thomas, with an anti-Jewish record over about her last 25 years, apologized for her extremist remarks disparaging Jews and Israel in the Playboy interview. This came shortly after her media colleagues ostracized her for the false, inflammatory characterizations – and just before her sudden retirement.

Guest properly refuted phoner's canards. In a minor point, no correction was made about phoner's error describing Thomas' occupation. While guest accurately characterized American support for Israel, mention could have been made of the mutually beneficial relationship between America and Israel. First, financial (military only) aid to Israel constitutes only a tiny portion of the federal budget (less than 0.1 percent). Second, Israel is required by U.S. law to spend most (74 percent) of the U.S. aid ($3 billion per year) in the United States for the purchase of military materials which helps create or sustain thousands of American jobs. Third, cooperative arrangements with Israel provide technology benefits to America related to unmanned aircraft, anti-missile defenses, battlefield medical techniques – and intelligence on anti-U.S. as well as anti-Israeli Arab and Islamic radicals.

January 8, 2015 – 7:43 a.m.

Host: GRETA BRAWNER (gbrawner@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Topic: Confidence in your party's congressional leadership?

Caller: Don from California (click here to view).

Host typically indulges and fails to refute off-topic, racist, anti-Jewish phoner. “Don's” previous call was on Sept. 21, 2014 at 7:40 AM (click here to view) in which, unchallenged, he uttered the same false, inflammatory views.

Host: "Don in California, Democratic caller. Don, what do you think about the minority leader in the House, Nancy Pelosi from California?"

Caller: "I think she is great. But then I know that the other side, which has been in power since forever, they are going to take over and everything's going to go haywire. And you know, this white supremacy, which has been in existence since the 70's is going to – hello?"

Host: "Yeah, we are listening."

Caller: "I can hardly hear."

Host: "We are listening."

Caller: "The white supremacy is going to take over and it's going to rule just like it's been since 70 A.D. when the Romans kicked the real Jews, which are the blacks in America, out. And it's been that way ever since."

Host: "Okay, Don."

NOTE: As is the norm on Washington Journal broadcasts, a host fails to spotlight as racist and anti-Jewish a claim of the kind that's typically uttered by some followers of Rev. Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam movement. They repeatedly use descriptions like "the so-called Jews that are in Israel right now are not the Jews from Israel," that is, not descendants of biblical Jews. But such claims are belied by science and history. Continuous Jewish diaspora history, from the Roman expulsions to the rebirth of Israel as a Jewish state, and modern DNA testing, which indicates strongly both Jewish genealogical continuity and Middle Eastern origins, contradict such antisemitic falsehoods – not that one would know from Washington Journal that they were false or how they originated.

January 7, 2015 – 8:19 a.m.

Host: PEDRO ECHEVARRIA (pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R), vice chair of the National Governors Association

Topic: Challenges facing the nation's governors.

Caller: Cindy from North Carolina (click here to view).

It's a rare C-SPAN caller indeed that does not bash Israel when mentioning the Arab-Israeli conflict and – even more rare – urges support for the Jewish state. And perhaps rarer still that such a caller is not cut off by the moderator.

Caller: "My question is one that is very important to me and everyone else, that we stand with Israel. We stand with our allies."

Guest: "Well, I had a chance here a year ago to spend some time in Israel. I met with Shimon Peres, the president at the time and Prime Minister Netanyahu, and they both said a very interesting phrase to me: "Governor, we live in a very dangerous neighborhood" which was probably the understatement of the day. They very much appreciate the United States support and I think we've given them support and we will continue to give them support. They are a stabilizing influence in the Middle East. So, I think they deserve our support and I know we have a lot of connections in Utah with Israel, and we support them as a nation."

January 1, 2015 – 9:16 a.m.

Host: PEDRO ECHEVARRIA (pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: Uri Friedman, Global and Senior Associate Editor for Atlantic magazine.

Topic: Global conflicts to watch in 2015.

Caller: Robert from Nashville Tennessee (click here to view).

Typically for Washington Journal, a caller freely defames Israel.

Caller: “I will say one thing that all the radical Islamists can agree on, the treatment by the IDF and the Israeli government, how they treat the Palestinians in the West Bank and in Gaza. If we reined in the militaristic and apartheid actions of the Israeli state and the IDF, that might diffuse some of the negativity in the world toward the United States, which completely backs the rogue state of Israel and their persecution and land theft, and breaking of international laws. Do you think there is anyone in this country that can rein in Bibi Netanyahu?”

Guest: “There have certainly been a lot of reports about strained relations in the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government, over one big sticking point – settlements and where settlement construction has been announced. The Obama administration feels this is really a policy decision that is not seeking Palestinian peace and a two-state solution. That is a real area to watch right now.
 
There was a time when people thought that the resolution of this conflict was the key to unlocking a lot of other conflicts in the Middle East, that – get this done, and you can resolve a lot of other disputes. That is less of the conventional wisdom now. People feel it is more marginal in a sense that the Arab spring (indistinct) more marginal for other conflicts in the region than it used to be. But it is still a real volatile area. Between the Gaza war over the summer, and the more recent terrorist attacks in Jerusalem and protests, there has been a real concern that the situation could spiral out of control. Israel is having elections in March, and it looks like Benjamin Netanyahu could win again, and that would continue a war (indistinct) in Israeli politics. But that is not said and done yet. Most are kind of moving away from the idea of peaceful resolutions in this crisis, and the Palestinians actually just signed papers to join the I.C.C.”

Host: “What is the significance of that?”

Guest: “The International Criminal Court. It is significant. It's part of a larger Palestinian strategy in getting to a two-state solution.”

Host: “They tried that again but it was rejected.”

Guest: “It was rejected. They tried it at the U.N. The goal of the resolution (indistinct) it did not pass. So they then moved to the ICC. If you join the International Criminal Court, there is the possibility that they could be bringing up Israeli officials and soldiers for war crimes. That is one goal. That could happen as part of it. The other goal is if you if you recognize (indistinct) membership of a lot of different bodies. The other part is that there could be retaliation that the U.S. and Israel could impose. The U.S. is one of the biggest donors to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. So there is some concern that the United States could retaliate against this move and pose sanctions by withholding money. It is an incremental move. I would not say it is a game changer in the conflict, but it is part of a larger strategy where the Palestinians and the Israelis are both doing their own thing, and we keep hearing that they want a two-state solution, but the parties that should want that to happen are not interested at all.”

NOTE: The caller's boilerplate anti-Israel charges are typically unnoted, let alone answered by Washington Journal's guest and host. No other nation is treated this way routinely on C-SPAN's three-hour daily morning “public service” program. The caller slanders Israel as "militaristic" and "apartheid" when, for example, the ratio of civilian fatalities in the Gaza Strip during last summer's war with Hamas was lower than that of the U.S. and its allies in either Iraq or Afghanistan and Israeli Arabs enjoy the same civil rights as Israeli Jews. Host and guest ignore this obvious response, let alone the reality that Muslims, especially Arabs, are slaughtering other Arabs and Muslims by the hundreds of thousands in the Middle East.

Further, the caller implies that radical Islamists are driven to barbarism by the alleged mistreatment of Palestinian Arabs by Israelis. The radical Islamists – including ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and al-Qaeda – repeatedly have declared and demonstrated that their slaughter of others is driven by their aim to establish a regional or worldwide caliphate governed by Sharia (Islamic law) to suppress convert or kill those who disagree, including other Muslims and non-Muslim minorities, and oust Western influence from Arab-Islamic states. Israel as a sovereign Jewish state and a democracy is an example of what they cannot tolerate, not a primary cause of their aggression and blood-letting. Guest Friedman fails to refute or comment on the caller's anti-Israel rant and even seems to accept it implicitly.

January 1, 2015 – 9:24 a.m.

Host: PEDRO ECHEVARRIA (pechevarria@c-span.org, journal@c-span.org, viewer@c-span.org).

Guest: Uri Friedman, Global and Senior Associate Editor for Atlantic magazine.

Topic: Global conflicts to watch in 2015.

Caller: Ben from Virginia click here to view).

Caller's unrealistic assertion ignores the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, which has included persistent Arab enmity, aggression and refusal to recognize Israel as a sovereign Jewish nation.

Caller: “I am going to follow-up on some of the questions and Mr. Friedman's remarks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I agree with a lot of what you said, Mr. Friedman, but I have problems with your assertion that both sides are moving away from a peaceful resolution. The Palestinians' increasing reliance on international law is a very important development. I think it is a strategic development based on a strategic concept, and I think we have to consider that Israel was founded on the basis of international law. This seems to me to be a very good way to move towards a peaceful resolution. The U.S. will continue to object, but if you look at the vote just the other day, only one other country of the 15 voted with the U.S., and several of our allies, including France, Luxembourg, voted for the resolution as did Russia, China, and France as well. Five countries are saying the Palestinians came one vote short. This seems to me a very good way to go. The Israelis are claiming that Mr. Netanyahu has said that they welcome the move to go to the International Criminal Court in the limited sense that it will expose Hamas' crimes or alleged crimes.”

Host: “Okay caller, I have to put it off there because we are running out of time.”

Guest: “I think that's an interesting argument. I think the one question I have with that is, for example, they could get recognition in parliament in France and Britain because they have said they are considering recognizing the Palestinian Authority and Palestine as a diplomatic entity. Other countries have done so in Europe has as well. But the big point is that Israel is opposed to it. And Palestine becoming an independent state without Israeli acquiescence, that is where it becomes complicated. But the Palestinians believe it is a better strategy for attaining international recognition…”
 
NOTE: Neither host nor guest points out that under international law, the Palestinian Authority does not qualify as a sovereign state. It has two governments, not one – Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Fatah movement in the West Bank; does not control a defined territory nor all its population, and so on. Rather than operating according to international law, the Palestinian Authority, first in unsuccessfully seeking a U.N. Security Council resolution recognizing it as a country, then as applying for membership in the I.C.C., violated international law and agreements to which it is a party. These include U.N. Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, the 1993 letter from Yasser Arafat to Yitzhak Rabin, and the 1995 Israeli-Palestinian Interim Accord, which either require a negotiated settlement to Arab-Israeli conflicts, commitment the Palestinian side to negotiate with Israel, or both.

One of the few times the guest approached clarity on Israeli-Palestinian developments, was in noting that both sides are moving away from a negotiated settlement. The Palestinian side seeks international imposition of an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank without negotiations or peace. The Israeli side because it seems increasingly fed up with Palestinian bad-faith violations of previous agreements and continued attempts to delegitimize Israel, such as the potential "war crimes" charges before the I.C.C. That the caller found this hopeful indicated either his ignorance or disingenuousness. Either way, neither host nor guest pointed that out in yet another C-SPAN/Washington Journal failure.


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