Sad Trombone: NBC's Andrea Mitchell Wrong on Incident During Pence's Knesset Visit

January 22nd, 2018 8:10 PM

Before Vice President Mike Pence addressed Israel's government on Monday, "13 Israeli-Arab members of Israel's Parliament held up signs saying "Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine" and were forcibly removed by security as Pence started to speak," according to NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell.

That sounds like it could have been a big deal. The problem is that Mitchell's report was inaccurate. Should we have expected anything less from this liberal journalist?

Thankfully, Jerusalem Post Knesset reporter and analyst Lahav Harkov replied on Twitter to blow the whistle on Mitchell's falsehood:

Wrong on several points. 1, they are not “THE 13 Israeli-Arab members” - there are others. 2, it is always against the Knesset rules to hold up signs or use props and there are examples spanning decades of ppl being removed bc of it. 3, ushers, not security guards led them out

In his speech, Pence announced that President Trump had ordered the State Department to immediately begin planning the U.S. Embssay's move to Jerusalem, which the administration recognized last month as Israel's capital. For those unaware, it upended decades of U.S. policy on the Israel-Palestinan conflict and infuriated Palestinians and, of course, the liberal media. The Embassy's move is slated to be completed no later than the end of 2019. The Vice President also called for "lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians" and on the latter to resume negotiating with the former.

Additionally, Pence remarked on the Iranian threat against the Jewish State. "I have a solemn promise from me to all of Israel: the U.S. will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon," he said.