All-Star Panel: No end in sight to Gaza conflict?

Reaction from the 'Special Report' All-Star panel


This is a rush transcript from "Special Report," August 22, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

BRET BAIER, ANCHOR: Each week we ask to you voted online for your favorite Lightning Round topic. This week you chose the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Back with the panel. Take a listen to this sound from today:


UNIDENTIFIED MALE (via translator): Today the Palestinian people are united against the enemy. We will not give up any of these demands that the blood of the martyrs end in Gaza.

MARK REGEV, ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN: Hamas has no qualms whatsoever about targeting innocent civilians. And like ISIS in Iraq, Hamas must be condemned by all responsible members of the international community for these crimes.


BAIER: We're back. This as seven Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israeli intelligence were executed in Gaza today, shot in the head. We're back with the panel. Charles, you know, there was a lot of outrage with a lot of the offensive action that Israel took after being fired rockets, the mortars that hit the schools, as those investigations continued. The world outrage has not pumped up for this execution, at least not yet.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: The world is never outraged when Jews are killed. That's a fact. The U.N. doesn't care. The U.N. is only interested in condemning Israel. It's a fact of life. The Israelis know it. And they, despite that, conduct the most scrupulous and discriminating warfare on the face of the earth, which cost them a lot of soldiers on the ground. You could easily bomb them into rubble. Israel doesn't, unless it has to, but it will send in the soldiers, risk their lives as it did, in order to try to pinpoint their attacks. We don't expect Hamas to do it. It doesn't, and the Israelis never expect any sympathy from the world.

BAIER: Chuck?

CHARLES LANE, THE WASHINGTON POST: I was struck by these executions of the alleged collaborators. And I think just for taking Hamas' word for it that the people under the hoods are anything but innocent people, it's striking that Israel killed their military chiefs yesterday and Hamas response is to go out and find some Palestinians to kill as retaliation. I think they are actually frightened. I think they are a little desperate. I think they are losing.

GEORGE WILL, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: They are frightened and desperate in part because no one is paying attention. Attention has shifted to ISIL, including the attention of the international community, a locution we really should ban because it includes New Zealand, and the Congo, North Korea and Belgium, a perfectly meaningless concept. And you could get all the responsible members of the international community around this table.

BAIER: Chuck, not to put you on the spot but we will. "The Washington Post" editorial board deciding not to use the word "Redskins" for the local NFL team here in Washington, calling it a slur.

LANE: That's consistent and confirming with actually what's been the longstanding position of the editorial board objecting to that name. And I think in a way we are finally walking the walk after talking the talk for many years. It won't affect the news pages. We draw a distinction between the role of opinion to move things along and the role of the news side to report what actually is.

WILL: One of the few growth industries in our country today is the manufacturer of synthetic indignation of which this hoo-ha about Redskins name neighs is an example. One of the Native American leaders, a Navaho, who has lead this charge, lives on a reservation out west in which the high school football team, a high attended almost entirely by Navajos, is called the Redskins.

BAIER: The editorial board in its editorial quotes you, Charles Krauthammer.

KRAUTHAMMER: Look, this is not the civil rights case of our time. It's not desegregation. I credit entirely the sincerity of those who like the name, have a sentimental attachment, and have no animus whatsoever. But personally I would not use a word that is in and of itself offensive in the same way that the word "negro" changed over 80 years. It used to be a preferred name. Now it's not used. The way "retarded" was supposed to be a nice word for people who are developmentally disabled. You don't use it today. I wouldn't use it. But it's not something that I would condemn others who stuck with it.

BAIER: Lightning winners and losers -- George?

WILL: Loser is the weekly Los Angeles Ethics Commission that has a truly loopy idea. It wants the city council to investigate ways to bribe, pay, or otherwise entice people to vote, because only 23 percent voted in the mayoral election. This is guaranteed to get uninterested and uninformed people to come to the polls.

The winner of the week is Mo'ne Davis, 5 foot four, 111 pounds, 70 mile and hour fastballer from the Philadelphia Little League team. The first woman to pass -- woman, small woman -- to throw a shutout in the little league World Series and be on the cover of "Sports Illustrated."

LANE: My winner is Scott Brown, who has been having trouble in New Hampshire but has good poll results this week. He is only down two points and that's going to help his fundraising. My loser is Harry Reid, as you saw earlier, just couldn't help himself in referring to Asian Americans and losing track of all his Wongs. Even for him I think that was a special moment, special malapropism.

BAIER: I'm going to wrap up the week with Charles winners and losers after this short break.


BAIER: All right, we're back. Our Lightning Round was a bit more like rolling thunder, so we're going to finish up with Charles Krauthammer, his winners and losers. Charles?

KRAUTHAMMER: Loser of the week, racial demagogues in Ferguson. After the funeral of Michael Brown on Monday the cameras will be gone. It will be in the hands of the justice system. The wheels of justice will grind slowly, and the demagogues will be left with nothing to do and with no stake.

The winner of the week is the anonymous unknown wise guy in the foreign ministry in Cairo who issued a statement urging U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with the demonstrators in the Ferguson, as Reuters put it, "echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist demonstrators." This is a guy who understands humor, and you don't see that a lot in foreign affairs.

BAIER: And there you go, winners and losers with the panel. Panel, thank you as always.

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