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Israeli Ambassador Grilled on Targeting of Civilians, Use of Cluster Bombs...
Israel's ambassador to the United States, Daniel Ayalon, was questioned last Sunday in Washington DC as part of a press stakeout. Sam Husseini of the Institute for Public Accuracy was there to ask the tough questions. He grilled Ayalon on Israel's targeting of civilians and use of cluster bombs in Lebanon, Israel's nuclear arsenal and its lack of adherence to United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Israel's cabinet authorized an expanded ground offensive into Lebanon on Wednesday, backing a push towards the Litani river which lies 18 miles from the border. The decision came on a day of fierce fighting in southern Lebanon. Fifteen Israeli soldiers were killed in action - the highest number in a single day since the conflict began almost a month ago.
More than 100 Israelis, most of them soldiers have now been killed in the conflict. More than 1,000 Lebanese, most of them civilians have also been killed.
Amid the ongoing bloodshed, top Israeli government officials have been making regular appearances on the major news networks in this country to defend Israel's actions. But in the corporate media, Israeli spokespeople rarely - if ever - face any critical questioning. Well, this past Sunday, one of them was taken to task.
Israel's ambassador to the United States, Daniel Ayalon, was being interviewed at the studios of FOX News in Washington DC. After the interview, he was questioned outside the studio as part of a press stakeout.
Sam Husseini, the communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, was there to ask the tough questions. He grilled Ayalon began by asking about:
* A report released by Human Rights Watch that accused Israel of committing war crimes for deliberately targeting civilians in Lebanon.
* Israel's possession of nuclear weapons
* Israel's use of cluster bombs in Lebanon
* Israel's lack of adherence to United Nations Security Council resolutions.
# Sam Husseini, communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. He runs a blog at http://husseini.org.