Discussing the ongoing Isreali-Palestinian conflict on MSNBC’s “NOW With Alex Wagner” on Tuesday, NBC News reporter Ayman Mohyeldin left his journalistic objectivity at the door and harshly criticized the U.S. government for not recognizing Hamas, a designated terrorist organization, and failing to “rein in Israel.”
“The United States can definitely play a pivotal role,” Mohyeldin said. “I don’t think that people in this part of the world feel it has played the role it should be playing and that really comes down to two very important factors: one, the United States does not have any direct contact with the Palestinian factions which it and Israel and others label as terrorist organizations, despite the fact that Hamas did win democratic elections here, despite the fact it is a part of the fabric of Palestinian politics that simply cannot be ignored or isolated or marginalized.”
He continued: “They have focused on the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. That hasn’t necessarily produced tangible results. So, there’s a lot of problems in terms of getting everyone on the same table.”
The NBC “reporter” then criticized the United States because it has yet to “rein in Israel in terms of some of the actions it takes on the ground.”
“When it comes to Israeli expansion in the West Bank, it hasn’t stopped despite the fact that the U.S. opposes that policy,” he added. “People in this part of the world will say very simply, well how can the U.S., which gives so much money to Israel, not stop it from doing something against U.S. interests, which is a two-state solution.”
Watch the clip via MSNBC below:
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