What about Tucker?

Tucker Carlson must be one of the most popular conservative commentators in the country. His show on X attracts clicks by the hundreds of thousands. This week he sought falsely to blacken Israel’s reputation by promoting the views of a Bethlehem pastor that Israel mistreats Christiand. In so doing, he obviously seeks to drive wedge between Israel and Christian supporters of Israel. While Israel is engaged in a fight for its life, I thought the timing was peculiar and that Carlson deserved to be called out for the mendacity of his performance. I wrote about it here.

Mosaic senior editor Andrew Koss put it this way in the site’s daily email roundup this morning:

On Tuesday, the former Fox News host Tucker Carlson devoted his online video show to an interview with a pastor from Bethlehem, who rattled off a familiar litany of misleading and libelous complaints about Israel, the “difficulties” of living under “military occupation,” and the evils of U.S. Middle East policy, while trying to undermine the Jews’ historical connection their homeland. Neither mentioned that Bethlehem is governed not by Israel but by the Palestinian Authority, and Carlson at no point challenged any of his interviewee’s claims. In other words, it was the sort of interview one might hear on National Public Radio, less so from outlets further to the right.

Carlson also accused Israel of killing Christians and attacking churches, and stated that it’s “obvious” that American evangelical leaders “care much more about the highly secular government of Israel than they care about Christian communities in the Middle East.” Indeed, in his preface to the interview, he argued that evangelicals have shaped a U.S. foreign policy that is detrimental to Christians. All these arguments aren’t new to the anti-Israel right of Pat Buchanan and the American Conservative, but they have been fringe positions for the past several decades. Carlson is exceptional in that he has long been at the center of American conservatism.

As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one who noticed or found Carlson’s performance worthy of comment. I have collected the comments of some intelligent observers below. Incidentally, I don’t think Tucker is stupid or uninformed. I think his isolationism has led him into a dark place.

Let’s lead off with the great Victor Davis Hanson.

Bill Jacobson is the proprietor of Legal Insurrection.

“Mike” is Michael Doran, Hudson Institute Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East.

David Harsanyi is the senior editor and syndicated columnist for The Federalist.

Bonchie is the front page contributor to RedState.

Andrew Klavan is the conservative commentator and Edgar Award-winning author.

David Friedman is the former United States ambassador to Israel in the Trump administration.

Ben Domenech is editor at large for The Spectator. I hope he is right.

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