Bill Maher gave a passionate defense of U.S. President Donald Trump's December 2017 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on the most recent episode of his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher."
Maher's defense of Trump was out of character for the comedian, who has long been one of Trump's fiercest critic - having even compared Melania Trump's marriage to Trump to the Holocaust eariler in the episode.
Maher started the panel discussion about Jerusalem saying, "I hate to agree with Donald Trump, but it doesn't happen often, but I do. I don't know why Israel - it has been their capital since 1949, it is where their government is. They've won all the wars thrown against them. I don't understand why they don't get to have their capital where they want."
New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg quickly shot back, "Really, you don't understand that? First of all, when you win a war you don't get to take the other side's land."
"Actually, you do," argued Maher. "Especially because they were attacked. I mean the country was divided, which they were okay with. They were attacked more than once and they took land in those wars that they won and there has been peace offers on the table ever since to give part of that land back."
Later in the discussion Maher argued that the Palestinians were the hindrance to peace in the conflict saying, "But the essential thing that is making the two-state solution impossible is that one party is perpetually hostile, a coiled snake."
Goldberg shot back by imploring Maher to go to the West Bank and see the occupation with his own eyes before jumping to such conclusions, "You're a rich person, you should go see what life in the West Bank is like. Go to Hebron. Like, no, go see it."
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