1958: Mike Wallace grills Abba Eban about Israel’s “territorial expansion”, belligerence, & threat to world peace

H/T Love of the Land

In 1958, nine years prior to the Six Day War, before Israel “occupied” one square inch of territory, American journalist Mike Wallace asks Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. questions about “Israeli territorial expansion”, quotes intellectuals who likened the plight of the Palestinian refugees from the ’48 War to Jews slaughtered by Nazis during the Holocaust, and legitimizes the narrative that Israel’s behavior threatens world peace.

Though Eban’s performance in responding to Wallace’s challenges was nothing short of masterful, it’s hard not to observe that the dynamic of a Western media parroting the rhetoric of Israel’s enemies predates the “occupation” and is not dependent on Israel’s actions as much as it is her mere existence.

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