18 January 2009

UPDATE - Video: Journalists call Livni "terrorist"

... during press conference on Gaza operation. That's the headline of this article in Haaretz.

It was a press conference in Washington DC, no less.

From the starting moments of the press conference, Livni was beset by a less-than friendly barrage of questions, with a number of journalists asserting that Israel's military operations in Gaza will only make Middle East peace more distant.

Some journalists went so far as to compare the Israeli government to that of dictator Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe, due to Israel's decision to bar journalists from Gaza.

One of the more tense moments came when one journalist began to quote at length a Human Rights report on the situation in Gaza, before asking Livni to comment on "the murder of innocent civilians in the Strip."

When the man was asked to finish his question, he yelled "you are letting her speak for an hour, and you aren't allowing us to ask questions. Since when have you hosted terrorists here?"

UPDATE: Here's some video of the press conference, courtesy The Real News Network.

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