Amanpour misled viewers during coverage of the recent memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela that was held in Johannesburg. She drew what was supposed to be a key lesson from Mandela’s leadership applicable to an intractable conflict of today. Not Syria’s civil war, not Iraq’s civil war nor any number of other bloody internecine conflicts, but to the Palestinian Arab conflict with Israel:
At this point, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo interrupted, interjecting: “Israel, who doesn’t have leadership here today.” Amanpour, attempting to correct Cuomo, claimed that Israeli President Shimon Peres was present but not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“And what does that mean, by the way?,” asked Cuomo. Amanpour didn’t pass up an opportunity to pontificate, falsely likening Israel to apartheid South Africa:
First, Amanpour misleads viewers about the Peres appearance since he was not in South Africa. Israel was represented by a delegation of five Knesset (parliament) ministers led by the speaker of the Knesset.
Amanpour is superficial and naïve about the Arab conflict with Israel. The Palestinian leadership has violated most provisions of the Oslo Accords (the current “peace” treaty) from the beginning including the anti-incitement and anti-terrorism clauses. Netanyahu’s calls for a negotiated two-state solution have been met by a Palestinian leadership that rejects Amanpour’s “Mandelaism” about “understanding the story of the other.” Moreover, the Palestinian Arabs, like the 22 Arab countries, refuse to recognize Israel as the Jewish state. They believe that while it’s fine to have several Arab nations, one Jewish nation is one too many. Typically, Amanpour invokes the “apartheid Israel” canard while ignoring the fact that Palestinian leaders insist on “not a single Jew” in any new “Palestine.”
So, Amanpour is up to her old and obvious tricks smearing Israel and Jews, just as she infamously did during a 2009 CNN special titled “Generation Islam” in which she falsely implied that the villains were not the Islamists who rule Gaza, teaching hatred of Christians and Jews, and attacking Israeli civilians with suicide bombers and thousands of rockets. Instead, for Amanpour, the aggressors were the Jews of Israel, for supposedly oppressing the Palestinian Arabs.
Likewise, Amanpour’s threepart 2007 special “God’s Religious Warriors” grossly exaggerated the influence of a tiny group of Jewish extremists on the West Bank, compared American Christian fundamentalists to the Afghanistan Taliban, and praised Egypt’s extremist Muslim Brotherhood.