’60 Minutes’ reports on Holy Land’s vanishing Christians — and draws criticism


This Sunday’s “60 Minutes” report on the Arab Christians in the West Bank and Jerusalem has drawn an angry response from Jewish groups. Indeed, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, launched a preemptive strike of sorts in advance of the report, complaining to the head of CBS News (an action that he was asked about in a segment of the show by “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon).

The Forward’s Nathan Guttman has some of the background of the Israeli outreach to the network. He spoke to one unnamed Israeli official who warned in the strongest terms about the dangers of such a report:

An official discussing the issue likened the danger of such a report to a “strategic terror attack” against Israeli diplomacy.

The Washington Free Beacon rounds up some of the critical response from Jewish and pro-Israel Christian groups.


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