First, apologies for the abrupt start to the video. As Trace Gallagher says on the tape, Fox News Sunday is rejoined after a breaking press conference about the tragic plane crash in Kentucky.
You know, I was getting more and more hopeful this past that Juan might be coming to his senses, especially on the heels of all of his appearances recently about his new book, “Enough,” but tonight’s panel just brought me back down to earth. Again, Brit has to take him to task. Hamas opressed? Scuse me, Juan?
Chris starts out discussing their first viewing of the “conversion” video, and said that when they first say this, they then did not know this was going to have a happy ending. Here’s a partial transcript of the exchange between tell-it-like-it-is Brit, and left-wing, peace-at-any-price Juan:
HUME: Yes, and what an appealing faith these thugs must believe Islam is, that conversions have to be effected at the point of a gun. And what of the argument that all of the ills and troubles that beset the Palestinian people, that lead them to terrorism, are the cause of what they endlessly refer to as the illegal Israeli occupation.
Consider the latest rounds of trouble in Gaza and Lebanon, two places from which Israel has withdrawn.
It has been noted that not for one day after the Israeli pullout from Gaza did the rocket attacks that came from Gaza ever stop. We’re not dealing here with something that is susceptible to a political resolution of the kind of which the State Department and many a president has dreamed.
We’re dealing here with a lawless enemy whose goal far transcends any side-by-side, two-state solution. That isn’t going to do it. We’re dealing with a terrorist, gangland-style enemy, which I think it’s fair to conclude, and this episode only further illustrates it, must be defeated.
WILLIAMS: I don’t think there’s any question that these people have been beaten down, occupied, oppressed, and that you’re going to say, all of a sudden, you know what, it’s gangland. All true, Brit, but you’re saying because, suddenly, Israel pulls back, you expected that immediately there would be hats off, hey old fellow, have a beer on me?
These people, not only is their chaos, they don’t really have a government. And, as you know, there have been sanctions put in place against them and their government because of the activities of Hamas.
HUME: I can imagine the conversation that must have unfolded, Bill, in which these hoodlums sat around in a basement somewhere and decided that because of the sanctions that have been imposed on the Palestinian Authority and the leadership of the terrorist organization Hamas that they must go out and snatch a couple of unarmed, innocent Americans and hold them at bay and then force them to convert to Islam by gunpoint.
Somehow, Juan, I just don’t see the connection.
Are you kidding, Juan?
WILLIAMS: I just don’t think it’s going to be an instantaneous turnaround to a peaceful, organized group of people after the horrors that they have been through and their history of fighting against Israel and the deep enmity that exists.
I mean, it’s a horrible situation, but to say, oh, because the Israelis pulled out, that they should behave now in a better way. We should not have any more problems.
HUME: Well, Juan, let me ask you this. Should they behave better?
WILLIAMS: I was hoping that they would behave better. I hope that they will organize themselves. I think Bill and I would agree that the reasons the sanctions were put in there was because people view Hamas as a terrorist organization and you want…
HUME: With good reason.
And at the end, Chris then plays a clip from Centanni & Wiig’s release, and this time you could hear Steve’s breaking voice, all choked up, as he hugged the first person in the door. This is he first time I’ve heard the audio part of that tape, but the embrace has now become infamous and seen ’round the world.
Watch the FNS Panel video here.