MSNBC host slammed for criticizing Middle East peace in furious reaction to Israeli national anthem

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MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan was pulled on Twitter for criticizing foreign nationalism and peaceful exchanges in the Middle East.

Hasan was reacting to Israel’s national anthem, Hatikvah, played as Israeli President Isaac Herzog was welcomed by Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed at the UAE Presidential Palace on Sunday. The host of the “Mehdi Hasan Show” reduced the moment to dictators coming “on board” the Israeli occupation in the midst of the Palestinian conflict.

“For years, supporters of Israel have trumpeted the fact that Israel is a democracy surrounded by dictatorships,” he tweeted. “But once these dictatorships have gotten involved with Israel and its occupation, suddenly it’s a ‘wow’ look when our national anthem is played in the dictator’s palace.”

Hasan clarified in a follow-up tweet that he was “for” Middle Eastern countries “getting along peacefully.”

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“I’m just amazed at the sheer cynicism when it comes to the Abraham Accords, which were signed with dictators rather than representative governments, and I don’t think ‘peace’ should come at the expense of the Palestinians,” he wrote.

Israel’s New York spokesman Itay Milner responded to Hasan, claiming that the moment of peaceful relations had nothing to do with an ongoing conflict. Hasan fired back at Milner, arguing that it was “natural.”

The executive director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis, Seth Frantzman, responded that democracies around the world have ties to other non-democracies and asked if anyone suggested that “democracies should sever ties with any dictatorship.”

Hasan continued to defend himself with challengers such as Jewish influencer Moti Ankari.

London-based journalist Nicole Lampert sarcastically asked, “Which liberal-democratic governments in the Middle East should Israel sign peace deals with, Mehdi?”

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