Netanyahu attacks US media as 'fake news'

Netanyahu attacks US media as 'fake news'
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu borrowed a line from President Trump on Sunday, referring to CNN, The New York Times and other outlets as “fake news.”

Netanyahu was upset with reporting by the two news groups about a new political document from the Palestinian group Hamas.

“Ever wonder what fake news is?” Netanyahu asked in a social media posting. “Last week, headlines in CNN, Al Jazeera and The Guardian said Hamas now accepts a Palestinian state along the 1967 lines. The New York Times headline called this ‘moderation.’”

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“The intimation is that Hamas now accepts the state of Israel,” Netanyahu continued. “Great news, right? Well except for one small detail: This is a complete distortion of the truth.”

CNN’s headline on the new Hamas document reads: “Hamas says it accepts '67 borders, but doesn't recognize Israel.”

The New York Times in a May 1 front-page headline wrote: “Hamas Tempers Extreme Stances In Bid For Power."

While the Hamas document states a willingness for a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, the group continues to back terrorism, Netanyahu argued, and has no interest in peace with Israel.

“It's bad enough Hamas lies to the world. We don't also have to lie to ourselves,” Netanyahu said. “Hamas murders women and children. It [has] launched thousands of missile attacks at our homes. It brainwashes Palestinian kids in suicide kindergarten camps."

“So, where does this hate-filled document belong?” he concludes with a question. 

Netanyahu is then seen crumbling up the document and placing it into a garbage can.

Trump has repeatedly referred to The New York Times and CNN as "fake news." Both outlets, particularly CNN, have strongly pushed back at the charge.