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Published On: Wed, Jan 25th, 2017

CBS: US Embassy move to Jerusalem would be an act of war to Palestinian leaders

President Donald Trump has made it known that he has some interest in moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the holy city of Jerusalem. The news of this made CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley nervous on Tuesday.

“That would essentially be U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” Pelley said, “Palestinian leaders also claim the holy city, and they warn that the embassy switch would be an act of war.”

Newsbusters captured the coverage as CBS’s Seth Doane was on the ground in Israel where he interviewed advocates on both sides of the issue, but clearly could not hide his bias against the move.

photo Ron Almo

“That could easily become the embassy. All you need to do is change the plaque,” the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, joked with Doane. “Barkat knows it’s not that easy but sees the move as cementing Israel’s long-standing claim on Jerusalem, but the Palestinians also claim the city as their capital and fear the move would spark violence.”

“This is an earthquake. This is not just moving an embassy. It’s an earthquake,” exclaimed Senior Palestinian Advisor Husam Zomlot.

Doane sided with Zomlot, “Moving the U.S. Embassy would greatly reduce the chances for peace.”

The CBS reporter then seemingly turned against the Mayor as though the Israelis are seeking to invite violence. “Aren’t you concerned that this could hurt the peace process, that this could spark violence?”

Doane claimed that Israeli settlements are “illegal” shows that Doane was reporting from the perspective that Israel is the obstacle to peace in the region, not the group who elected a terrorist organization to be in charge.

Barkat waved away the reporter’s question, stating, “We would not have a state if we were deterred and concerned about threats we, unfortunately, receive every once in a while.”

Doane closed that “White House spokesman Sean Spicer said today that President Trump would like to grow closer with Israel” before suggesting Israel was looking to exploit the relationship, “That’s a pledge Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would like to capitalize on.”

CBS and the other Big Three networks failed to report that the outgoing Obama administration secretly distributed $221 million in taxpayer’s money to the Palestinian Authority.

In 2013 Nazi flag went up in Palenstine – just an example of the antisemitism that still exists in Western Europe and the Middle East

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