Rare: AP reporter absolutely grills State Dept over weak Israel stance

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The Obama administration this week refused to denounce Turkey for referring to Israel’s military response as ‘terrorism’ and an attempt at ‘ethnic cleansing’ despite the fact that Hamas is designated a terrorist organization. One AP reporter expressed frustration at the lack of any sort of stand from the administration and took them to task for it.

“How do you — this whole thing of saying nothing, I’m not sure I understand why you think that that’s helpful to the situation. You say that it would not be helpful for you to discuss any of your conversations, that quiet diplomacy is the way to de-escalate that. Well, you’ve been doing your quiet diplomacy now for almost a week. How’s it going so far?” AP reporter Matt Lee asked State Department official Victoria Nuland.

When Nuland evaded giving a direct answer, Lee continued to press her on the issue until she ended up cutting off the argument saying “Rhetorical attacks against Israel are not helpful at this moment.”

“I haven’t heard that since Bush. It seems like forever. But that’s the way that a journalist used to do its job. You don’t hear it anymore. You hear maybe one tough question, and then they back off immediately,” Glenn said.

Before playing the audio on radio, Glenn also took issue with CNN calling Jerusalem an “international city” than as the capital of Israel. It is just another reflection of the bias against Israel during this conflict.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    If the UN is placed in charge of Jerusalem, then it is the end of all non-Muslim churches and temples and synagogues. This will be a disgrace beyond anything; but remember that Obama had all references to Jerusalem and Israel separated long ago.

    I wonder how much more treason Obama has committed in promising the Islamist extremists the city of Jerusalem for his aid in arms and missiles?

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Glad to see that at least one journalist will make a stand against the PC Madness of the Obama administration. I hope we are seeing more of the leftist MSM waking up to the true danger, and begin to demand the hard answers.

    Also the State Department is towing the line of Obama in which all of Islam is good, and all of the USA and Israel are bad.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Diplomacy from the podium by the State Department? 

    Yes they do, for in silence they give their approval.

  • landofaahs

    Of course odumbass won’t say nothing, because he is a muslin/communist who hates America.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W3E3M5V2NSS63M35NQ6QSCIOPI imnoangel512

    Sad that it is fast becoming Israel against not just muslim terrorists but the world, because other countries including our own admin are afraid of rocking the boat with the terrorists 

  • Anonymous

    10-4 Land! I’ve been telling people this painfully obvious fact since before that muslim marxist sob was elcted the first time. I highly doubt he won re-election w/out loaded machines in Fla., Ohio, Penn., Wi, Ia, Col. and Nevada!! That mf’er is not more popular than he was in ’08. It wreaks of corruption.

  • Anonymous

    the State Department engaged in Diplomacy? With  Ms Clinton at the head. LMAO.
    Our great Secretary of State, continues to call the Muslim Brotherhood Moderates. What a laugh. The Muslim Brotherhood was started with Nazi backing, praised  Hitler and the SS. But they thought the Germans weren”t doing the job fast enough Their goal is the total annalation of the Jews.  Then the Christains and then anyone else who is not Muslim. They are to put it in context…EVIL, and are our true enemy.

  • http://twitter.com/ABUTOM ABUTOM

    MATTHEW LEE HAS A NEW FAN. HE BELONGS ON FOX TRUTH.

  • WISHFORLIBERTY

    BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA quote….“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an
    ugly direction.” The quote comes from page 261 of ,The Audacity of Hope.

    IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE NEEDED TO GET RID OF their godKing NOBALLZO. 12 years ago if any elected official where to spout this vial anti-American garbage that person would have been removed or arrested. What happened to my country !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sparducks

    She’s a moron. And as a moron she thinks the rest of us are morons. When did we as americans decide to “check our balls at the door”? Tell the Turks to piss off. All of this touchy feely don’t offend the Turks or the Costa Ricans or the Nubians.WTF? Really? The Turks? These morons are cutting off America’s nuts. This is madness and it is going to prove lethal.

  • Anonymous

    she’s a worthless piece of s—,getting paid to do nothing. big bucks too,i’m sure,on our dime. makes me sick. who would have thought that an ap reporter would be so aggressive.

  • sparducks

     He’ll probably end up regretting it. His nutless colleges are all to happy to let him swim with the sharks alone. Not one “here here” from the rest of the room. Shameful and disgustingly dangerous. Treasonous bastards.

  • Anonymous

    oh, and where is our fearless leader? on a tour of southeast asia. what a freaking joke!

  • sparducks

     He hasn’t lost any sleep over a dead ambassador or two navy seals and a US Airman, you think he gives a crap about a few dead Jews? I’m not shocked. This guy needs to face impeachment. Both houses of congress need to be flooded with calls. Pitchforks and torches folks.

  • Anonymous

    It is unbelievable that America is becoming what it is. Government typically faces away from tough questions without a proper answer and ignores people who make the questions. This is nothing short of communism. How much longer are Americans going to tolerate this nonsense? Doesn’t the country have laws against this kind of behavior?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GXK4OXD6SQZZM5LN42KQVY7KAE Racindavid

    He’ll probably get fired tomorrow ….  

  • John Jones

     I wont truly be happy till they drag them all to jail….every single one of them to JAIL for treason. The slow destroying of a free America with the lies, secret meetings, and back door deals. Like the old saying goes, “Just keep turning up the heat, ever so slowly, till you don’t even realize the water’s now boiling”.
     Now’s the time to plan ahead on how to feed your family for months without access to grocery stores. Do you really think that these liberal creeps in Washington haven’t invested part of their paychecks(our taxes) into buying a back-up plan? I would assume that more than half of them have their own “bunkers” filled with rations and water in the hills, just outside of DC. Of course the top elites in the White House will be swept away to a massive tax paid shelter, just for them. 

  • greywolfrs

    Well, I do not agree with all of the policies towards Israel this country has had for a very long time, but this administration and leading from behind really SUCKS. What did they think was going to happen as they fire rockets into Israel? Oh, my bad, it’s Israel’s fault, isn’t it you left wing dolts. I, personally, think it’s time for the Israelis to start carpet bombing. If Hamas wants to indiscriminately fire rockets to kill anyone they can, then carpet bombing should be on the table.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TPYB7J2BTVYJ4JKBQZTMAU3BNQ Vinny

    AWW, whats wrong Glenn Beck, your western propaganda isn’t working quite how it used to?  Welcome to the information age, Israel is being exposed for who they are, TERRORISTS!
    !  Turkey has is exactly right, half of Americans even know this.  The only people who think Israel is actually acting in self defense by killing hundreds of Palistinians are insane bloodthirsty morons who love Glenn Beck.
    I been spreading this message everywhere, many are waking up.  Israel will eventually be destroyed…I hope.  For the sake of peace.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5emPdIZMas&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LLktzAalPHYkwNdFe1xkvHeQ

  • Anonymous

    It’s about time the news services acted like they should and got an honest answer.  Hold everyone accountable.  Its been a long time and we’ve been waiting for all of you do your job.  Why did you wait so long?  Are you all afraid or being politically correct?  

  • Anonymous

    What’s this…? Is this REAL journalism? Finally! It’s about time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vinny-Raineri/1685766211 Vinny Raineri

    My nickname is Vinny,and I support Israel as our forerunner in the Faith. Tell me, HOW is Israel a terrorist state?!

  • Anonymous

    Finally, someone calls this regime out.  Good for him.

  • Anonymous

    This is pathetic.  Beck’s analsis as usual, is devoid of context.  Yes, Hamas shelled missles last week that killed 3 Israelies, but that was after Isarael shot and killed a Palestinian mentally  disabled man who mistakenly approaced the Israel/gaza border. Back and fourth shelling ensued as it usually does, and there were more cvillian casualties, including teenage Palestinian boys caught in the crossfire while playing soccer.  Eventually a seize fire was brokered, But that than what did Israel do?  They targeted  the Hamas defense minister.  Let’s put that last point into an even larger context shall we.  Imagine that our secretary of defense, Hillary Clinton was cold bloodedly assassinated AFTER the U.S. and let’s say MEXICO MOMENTARILY put aside their differences, and decided to halt back and fourth bombings?  WOULD WE  (the U.S) NOT RETALIATE?  Damn right we probablly would. SO et’s not act like Israel is completely absovled of any wrong doing.  The truth of the matter of what is going on in the region, is as usualy A LOT MORE complicated than Beck and so many in the mainstream media are painting out to be.  

  • Anonymous

     Or obama is in cahoots with the radicals Muslims to form their caliphate for world control !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

  • landofaahs

    Arrogant dictator wannabe’s like him always come to a bad place in the end.

  • Sandie

     It isn’t clear if the man was a civilian, a terrorist or a mentally
    disabled man.  The area where he was shot is a place used by Palestinian
    militants to rocket nearby Jewish communities. The Israeli forces
    shot the man after he ignored warning shots as he sneaked toward the
    border.

    PRIOR to this incident:

    1. On 29 October the BBC reported that Militants in Gaza had fired
    26 rockets into Israel. The BBC said that, “It came hours after Israeli
    aircraft hit targets in Gaza, after militants fired rockets following the killing by Israel of a Gazan who Israel said fired mortars at its troops.”

    2. Nov 5 a rocket was fired into Israel

    So, what came first? The chicken or the egg?This is the way it
    has been and will be. To blame only one side for the problems is absurd.
    But I must say, that every time they settle down for a little while
    over there, Hamas starts it up again, and shoots rockets into Israel just about every other day, in the AM when the kids are heading to school. Funny how our MSM doesn’t cover it. Why kill the kids? Kill them and no future Jewish population!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMVD3JV5ZSMOQLYUMTRAUTHOL4 J

    WOOT! Pat mentioned my town :) one of the first 2 mentioned.

  • Anonymous

    I think I have never heard Glenn talking about a solution to the current situation.  Without blaming one side or the other, I have never heard him offer a solution.  

    If I have missed it which I possibly did, I am sure one of you guys can help me to find out about his solution. 

  • BentGhazi

    I wish they would just pave over the Gaza Strip. It’s a haven for terrorist troublemakers, and area denial is the only way to stop these morons from firing ordnance upon Israel. No Islamist male over 15 should be allowed to freely go around in the area without having to identify themselves and prove they have a legitimate cause for being there. The Israelis should begin enforcing this now, and if the rocket attacks don’t stop, Israel has every right to take the place back and force the occupants out without regard for who they are or what they are doing.

    Once the place is evacuated of all inhabitants, it should be razed to the ground and left in rubble. The people there have proven they are not capable of being responsible with ownership of the territory, or to be trusted with the accepted behavior standard of not trying to kill the neighbors.

    The entire region needs to be shown no tolerance for armed attacks, and we should be standing there to support the Israelis.

    Will this President do it? Probably not – he’s been funneling weapons to them since the Arab Spring – that’s part of what the Benghazi-gate is about.

  • Miss Vickie

    I jumped for joy when I heard this exchange with Nuland. She remained, seemingly, unruffeled but never really answered his questions, just deflected. The journalist, however, Matthew Lee kept up the pressure and would NOT back off. Yes! That is the way to go after the story! Thank you, Matthew Lee. I hope we see more of you in acton!

  • Anonymous

    The solution is too damning to discuss. Remember Hiroshima? Nagasaki? No one wants that or to think about that. But that will quiet some in the region.
    What would happen if Canada or Mexico were doing what Gaza is doing to Israel? It’s quite clear!

  • Anonymous

    According to Snopes, this is not exactly correct and taken out of context… http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/coilofrage.asp

  • Sandie

    That would certainly make it a whole new ballgame.

  • Anonymous

    A cease fire: Basically, Hamas has been told to stop sending missiles into Israel. Now the Israelis Need not worry about defending itself and retaliating. We should soon be hearing that Hillary is Margaret Thatcher-like?

  • Anonymous

    That’s if he doesn’t get canned by the liberal AP!

  • Anonymous

    That other Vinnie is an idiot. Not because his opinion is different than yours. He’s an idiot because history and the truth escapes him. Don’t bother getting into an exchange with him; it’s pointless.

  • Anonymous

    You are right with your chicken and the egg analogy. BOTH sides are continuously ALLEGEDLY firing at each other, and than claiming that they are simply retaliating to other sides aggression. HOWEVER, you didn’t address my point on the Israel specifically TARGETTING the HAMAS Prime Minister after a seize fire had been reached. As I said, Israel essentially reneged on the so-called agreement and assasinated a top offfical in the HAMAS organization. SO the three cvillians killed in the Israeli apartment building that MR. BECK demagouged by giving us humanistic portrait of their lives, were the innocent victims of a retalitatory attack by HAMAS, after a supposed seize fire had been reached. We can condemn HAMAS all day, because they DO UNFORTUNATELY RESORT TO TERRORIST TACTICS. AT THE SAME TIME, let’s not be nieve about the facts on the ground. Israelie tactics aren’t exactly benign, and free for criticism.

  • crazy betty

    the bible has an answer:

    And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand on their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.

  • BentGhazi

    It is clearly the only way Israel will have peace.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    speaking truth to the powerful b_tch – damn that felt good.

  • Sandie

    “HOWEVER, you didn’t address my point on the Israel specifically TARGETTING [sic]the HAMAS Prime Minister after a seize fire [sic] had been reached.”

    Hamas is considered a terrorist organization. The Hamas Prime Minister is Salam Fayyed. He wasn’t killed. Ahmed Jabari, head of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military wing, was the one killed. It was part of a widespread campaign on terror sites and operatives in the Gaza Strip, chief among them Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets. The assassination had been planned at least a month prior.

    There had been no ceasefire brokered, no truce signed before the assassination. An Israeli peace activist, Gershon Baskin, had been in contact with Hamas officials and Egyptian intelligence to create a draft of a peace agreement. Israel never signed nor did they agree to sign it. After all the rockets sent into Israel from Gaza by Hamas, Israel went ahead with their plans. I can’t say as I blame them. Again, there was no ceasefire agreement.

  • WISHFORLIBERTY

     I will be polite to you philnem52 because I understand there are still way to many people that still have their head up their collective darkside, to say out of context in this case is like a person saying the KKK never killed any african-americans, because it wasn’t until the 80′s that the term negro became illegal to say if you weren’t black.
     One more point NEVER REBUT ME WITH ANY LIES FROM SNOPES UNTIL YOU GET A CLUE WHERE THEY GET THEIR MONEY TO SURVIVE FROM. Have a nice day and remember to watch CNN so you can hate everyone that doesn’t lock-step with this bullshit PosTUS.

  • Anonymous

    Wow I am sure relieved you are “polite” to me, though it’s quite borderline, as your reply is so undeserved. I am as conservative as it gets; I get my news from Foxnews and definitely not CNN, and while I agree that just because it’s on Snopes it doesn’t mean it’s true, my point was to make sure that what you quoted was absolutely correct, and start a conversation about it. Seems there is no conversation to be had as you assume things about me that are so wrong. November 6 was a day of mourning for us; both times. Hate? I hate what is happening to my country. But enough already, not sure why I am justifying myself to you… perhaps to tell you politely not to be narrow minded and jump to conclusions…

  • Todd Scheller

    The Hamas Prime Minister is Ismail Haniyeh, his office was hit November 17, the cease fire went into effect yesterday. So his being targeted after the cease fire is a flat out lie. Salam Fayyad is the Palestinian PM from Third Way. The Palestinians have Two PM’s.

  • WISHFORLIBERTY

     I shall tip my hat indeed to you sir, and except my unyielding apology. I hope any ill conceived notion be redressed in my wake. It has been in past discussions, as a rule, confused progressive NOBALLZOBOTS tend to have an equilibrium issue from the kool-aid, as per your snopes rebut.

  • Sandie

    He is one of two disputed Prime Ministers of the Palestinian National Authority, the matter being under political and legal dispute. He became Prime Minister after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah–Hamas conflict, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues to exercise prime ministerial authority in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Legislative Council also continues to recognise his authority. Haniyeh was nominated as prime minister on 16 February 2006 following the Hamas “List of Change and Reform” victory 25 January 2006. He was formally presented to Mahmoud Abbas on 20 February and was sworn on 29 March 2006.On 14 June 2007, Abbas dismissed Haniyeh and appointed Salam Fayyad in his place. This followed action by Hamas armed forces to take control of Palestinian Authority positions that were under the control of Fatah militias armed and supported by the United States and Israel. The appointment of Fayyad to replace Haniyeh has been challenged as illegal, because under the Palestinian Basic Law, the President of the Palestinian Authority may dismiss a sitting prime minister, but may not appoint a replacement without the approval of the Palestinian Legislative Council. According to the law, until a new prime minister is thus appointed, the outgoing prime minister heads a caretaker government. But, who do they actually recognize now as the leader? Who is it that is in the news or recognized otherwise? Are they screwed up or what? LOL Basically my point.

  • Anonymous

    Well…..52% voted for Obama.  So that proves there are a lot of morons.

  • Todd Scheller

    PNA≠ Hamas.

  • Sandie

    I didn’t say that the PNA ( Palastinian National Authority) was the political party Hamas.
    The following are  political parties  that have taken part in recent elections for the Palestinian National Authority in the occupied Palestinian territories:

    Al-Mustaqbal or The Future
    Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine -  (socialist)
    Fatah or Palestinian Liberation Movement -  (center-left)
    Hamas or Islamic Resistance Movement -  (Islamist)
    National Coaltion for Justice and Democracy – (Wa’ad)
    Palestine Democratic Union – (center-left)
    Palestine Forum 
    Palestine Liberation Front
    Palestinian Arab Front
    Palestinian Justice
    Palestinian National Initiative  – (left-wing)
    Palestinian People’s Party  -  (left-wing)
    Palestinian Popular Struggle Front  – (left-wing)
    Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine  – (communist)
    Third Way  – (centrist)

  • Todd Scheller

    But there is only one PM from Hamas.

  • Sandie

    Yes, there is only one from Hamas – Haniye. Fayyad is Third Way party.
    See my post starting “He is one of two disputed Prime Ministers …”

  • Sandie

    Yes, there is only one from Hamas – Haniye. Fayyad is Third Way party.
    See my post starting “He is one of two disputed Prime Ministers …”

  • Sandie

    Yes, there is only one from Hamas – Haniye. Fayyad is Third Way party.
    See my post starting “He is one of two disputed Prime Ministers …”