Joe Klein Defends Israel: ‘We Need To Present More Nuanced Reporting’

Joe Klein and Andrea Mitchell Face Off Over Israel

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Time magazine’s Joe Klein defended Israel’s operation in Gaza on Morning Joe, while MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell criticized their strikes and called the attacks asymmetrical.

“I think that it’s pretty well known that I’ve been very critical of Israel in the past,” Klein noted. But in this case, Klein said there has been “a failure of reporting on our side about the extent of the Israeli operation.”

“This has been pretty well targeted,” he argued.

Mitchell disagreed, saying, “I don’t think there’s any denying that there have been misfires.”

“It’s war, Andrea,” Klein interjected.

“I’m not talking about either side’s claims,” Mitchell insisted. “Either the IDF or the so-called Gaza health authorities. I’m talking about what the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the experienced correspondents on the scene are reporting.”

“I’m not saying who started it,” Mitchell said, “but the people who are caught in the middle are the people of Gaza. That’s the asymmetry here.”

“But we know who started it,” Bill Kristol objected. “There’s no mystery. It was started by Hamas. Israel has no interest, believe me, in going back into Gaza.”