I watched 60 Minutes and saw Bob Simon’s story on the exodus of Christians from Israel and the West Bank and thought it was a complete load of rubbish.
Simon blamed Israel’s security fence and checkpoints for this exodus. His sanctimony was unbearable whether he was berating Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren for calling the President of CBS about the segment or when he asked left-wing Israeli journalist Ari Shavit, “Do you think the Israeli government ever thinks of the fact that if Christians aren’t being treated well here, and America is an overwhelmingly Christian country, that this could have consequences?”
Well, I think of a majority of American Christians believe that Christians are being treated far more harshly in Iraq, Syria and Egypt than in Israel. How many Christian churches have been burned down by Israelis? How many Christians have been murdered inside Israel? And yet 60 Minutes singles out Israel for scorn. Well, it’s not the first time. In a 2009 story about Jewish settlements, Simon described Israel as an Apartheid state.
Any segment 60 Minutes does on Israel (and for that matter the Middle East) should be looked upon with the sternest possible skepticism.