Christiane Amanpour: Israel 'Isolated' Like Apartheid South Africa

CNN's Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour was part of the team sent by the network to cover the memorial honoring Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday.

At one point Ms. Amanpour, a longtime critic of Israel, said, "I honestly can't help but think right now about Israel and the Palestinians..."

Amanpour was interrupted with a question asking why the Israeli Prime Minster wasn't attending the memorial and she explained that the Israeli President, who is the official head of state, was there. She went back to her strange comparison:

Nonetheless, the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is under so much pressure these days and probably feels to a great extent his country is isolated in the same way that apartheid South Africa was isolated. But this is how you get over those intractable conflicts, by understanding the story of the other, by having a political process of resolution that is not just about domination or zero sum game. Mandela knew there was no Africa for the blacks if it meant Africa without the whites. It was not possible.

The CNN correspondent's analogy was way off. She ignores the fact that Israel is not isolated, that all races and faiths have the same rights, and that while every Prime Minister after Yitzchak Rabin has called for a Palestinian state, not one Palestinian leader including those in power today has ever called for the recognition of the Jewish State.

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