Shalom Life | October 17, 2015

Bill Maher Defends Israel on Real Time [VIDEO]

"It seems that they [Israel] are the victim of the soft bigotry of high expectations"

By: Daniel Koren

Published: July 21st, 2014 in News » Israel

While speaking with guests on his HBO show, Real Time host Bill Maher said that Israel is often held to an double standard, and a different one compared to other nations, in what he referred to as "the soft bigotry of high expectations."

“If the Hamas people had the opportunity, they would kill the maximum number of Israelis, which would be all. And Israel has the opportunity to kill way more and they do not. It seems like they are the victim of the soft bigotry of high expectations,” Maher said.

He also commented on the perception in the media that holds Israel accountable for the civilian deaths of Gaza, rather than Hamas terrorists.

“I feel terrible for a Palestinian child who dies, but if it’s your father, your brother, your uncle who is firing those rockets into Israel, who’s fault is it really? Do you really expect the Israelis not to retaliate?”

The comment was met with sincere applause from Maher's studio audience, as well as his guests, which included senior editor of the Daily Caller, Jamie Weinstein, and President/CEO of the Wilson Center, Jane Harman.

“I don’t think you can understand the conflict without reading Hamas’s charter, upon which they were founded, which clearly calls — and it’s chilling — calls for not only the destruction of Israel but the murder of Jews generally,” said Weinsten.

"Israel is using a missile defense system to protect its citizens, while Hamas is using citizens to protect its missiles," added Harman.

Maher also noted that Israel continues to win wars because they "believe in science and education," which is a rather astute observation.

The segment took place a day after Maher was criticized for a comparison he made on Twitter between Hamas and women.

“Dealing w/ Hamas is like dealing w/ a crazy woman who’s trying to kill u – u can only hold her wrists so long before you have to slap her,” the post read.

Watch the video of Maher and co. discuss the situation in Gaza below:

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