Long an apologist for Palestinian terrorists, Geraldo was asked if he thought Israel was losing American support. He launched into a rant:
I think Israel has only itself to blame. I think the force used has been so grossly disproportionate; they have inflicted civilian casualties in a way that the United States and the U.N. Secretary General are correct to call appalling. You don’t use tanks shells to make a precision strike. I've covered war for over 40 years. If you want to use a hell fire missile directed by a drone, put it in the window of a building you want to. When you're using a tank shell in this case, the firing that they were receiving was 200 yards, two football fields away from where the tank shells landed. Taking these 10 lives, this is a travesty. It is hurting Israel on the world stage and it's undermining support of the Jewish state.When Rivera was challenged, he gave his reasons for objecting to the Gaza operation: there were many more dead Palestinians than dead Israelis.
Do you remember when Bloomberg said the airport is safe, open the airport, it’s ridiculous to overreact and close the airport. We have these missiles, you know, we've got them wiped out with the Iron Dome and so forth? Three Israeli civilians have been killed in the current round, one was an Arab farmer by random and the other two were somehow engaged with the military. 60 IDF soldiers, over 1,800 Palestinians, most of them women and children, come on.Later, Andrea Tantaros confronted Geraldo about his stance and an argument ensued:
Tantaros: Geraldo, let me please speak. They put these kids in a school, put weapons deliberately in a school, then Israel strikes and people like you get up and defend a terrorist organization.It is ironic that Rivera used a Jewish star tattoo as an indication of his Jewishness and loyalty to Israel, as tattoos are banned in the Jewish faith. In fact that is one of the reasons why the Nazis tattooed number on their victim's arms it was another way of dehumanizing the Jews.
Rivera: What is a person like me?
Tantaros: An apologist for a terrorist organization.
Rivera: You should be ashamed of yourself for saying that to me, of all people. There is a Jewish Star tattooed on my hand. I am a die-hard Zionist, I would die for Israel. This is appalling. This is appalling.
Rivera: When they were 1,800 dead civilians and women and children are bleeding on camera and you're not moved by that?
Tantaros: Whose fault is that? They warned them to move the kids.
Rivera: These Palestinian missiles are absolutely laughable in their military effect. Israel is about to declare an unilateral ceasefire; they should have declared it two weeks ago.
Tantaros: You are unbelievable to defend Hamas.
Rivera: Israel is alone in the world and it is because of attitudes like yours.