For his first trip to Israel, Sean Hannity had a mission: put the emphasis on what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has on the average Israeli. As he returns home today from a 4-day reporting trip, Hannity tells TVNewser, “I feel like we gave a good picture, with context and texture about what life is like in these border towns.” The Fox News host phoned us from Jerusalem following his interview with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
TVNewser: This was your first time in Israel, what’s your one takeaway from covering this conflict?
Hannity: There’s a couple things that stand out. I stayed two days on the Israeli-Gaza border and speaking with the mayor of Sderot, and going to an indoor playground because the kids can’t go out, where rockets landed five minutes before the cease fire. It gives you perspective of how dire the situation is. One thing that struck me was when I got inside one of the Hamas tunnels. You see the architecture and engineering that go in to the preparation for the tunnel, just so people can commit terror.
TVNewser: What did Prime Minister Netanyahu tell in terms of how he sees this peace holding?
Hannity: I asked him and he says you just never know. Rocket attacks are nothing new here. To be perfectly honest, I got comfortable with the sirens. On the first night, I was in restaurant and the sirens went off, and people, including IDF soldiers, casually walked into a bathroom, and it was no big deal. And at the end of the day I understood it.
TVNewser: Overall do you think the U.S. media has been balanced in its coverage of the current conflict?