CNN Commentator Calls For The Destruction Of Israel. Will Liberals Rebuke Him?

Marc Lamont Hill used terrorist language to call for the destruction of Israel. Now he denies it. The truth is evident. Will the left accept it?

Progressive CNN contributor and Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill significantly moved the goal posts regarding America’s position towards Israel. Speaking at the United Nations today, he used a line that Hamas and other terrorist organizations have used for years. He said that justice requires a “free Palestine, from the river to the sea.” For many years, this phrase has been the central mantra of those who wish to wipe Israel from the map.
The river in question is the Jordan River, the sea is the Mediterranean, and between those two bodies of water exist the state of Israel. Quite frankly, for a Palestinian state to exist between them can mean nothing but the destruction of Israel. There is literally nowhere else for the Jewish state to exist.
Israel is, and has been since its inception midwifed by the United States, our staunchest ally and the only democracy in the Middle East. It has consistently protected our interests and the interests of international democracy, as we protect theirs. Mainstream political debate about the future of Israel has always centered on a solution in which Israel still exists. Hill’s dangerous exhortation at the United Nations undermines that, and threatens to invite the American left into an alliance with terrorist regimes.
The spectacular irresponsibility of these comments, which cannot help but embolden those who kill innocents in the name of Palestinian reconquest, is regrettable, but not surprising. We have on the left, and far too many on the right, people who have taken the excuse of Trump’s unconventional presidency to throw Israel directly under the bus.
The first president to actually do what Congress asked and move our embassy to Jerusalem is now so connected to the Jewish state that people who should know better are taking sides with terrorists, because they hate Trump that much. We should expect the Max Boots and Tom Nichols and Rick Wilsons to condemn this complete affront to U.S. foreign policy. But don’t hold your breath, because Trump says inelegant things.
Back in 2010, liberals and conservatives both decried White House Correspondent Helen Thomas’s anti-Israel and, frankly, anti-Semitic comments. Will that happen today? Will members of both parties come out strongly against an American — who has a big bully pulpit at the network that supposedly separates apples from bananas — for calling for the destruction of the Jewish state?
Hill quickly claimed he wasn’t saying that.

David Marcus is the Federalist's New York Correspondent and the Artistic Director of Blue Box World, a Brooklyn based theater project. Follow him on Twitter, @BlueBoxDave.



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