Paul had earlier been against Israeli subsidies, which Jon Stewart pointed out on a recent segment of The Daily Show, but has since fallen in line with the establishment view in Congress, which cuts through both political parties. The Kentucky senator is jockeying for a place in the Republican presidential primaries in 2016, and seemed to figure out that backing Israel is an integral part of any successful campaign. After all, he may be needing Sheldon Adelson's money at some point.
Hannity had earlier been called to task by Russell Brand, who labeled the Fox pundit a "terrorist" for bullying Yousef Munayyer on his show. Munayyer is one of the lone voices defending Hamas in the American media, but it seems Hannity just wanted a whipping boy on his program, giving the director of the Jerusalem Fund little opportunity to explain his position.
Fox is not alone in this one-sided coverage. Virtually all the mainstream media outlets have uncritically taken the side of Israel, even after the IDF bombed a "safe site" in Gaza that left 20 persons dead. The White House was forced to condemn the air strike, but the news media quickly blamed the civilian casualties on Hamas, claiming that they are using "human shields," an all too common refrain.
So far, nearly 2000 Palestinians have been killed in the air strikes. They have no "Iron Dome" of their own in Gaza, and are at the mercy of the IDF. You would think the American media would show a little more sympathy toward the Palestinians, but that seems too much to ask. So, one turns to "comedy" news programs to get any kind of perspective on the situation.
Meanwhile, Rand Paul tries to remake himself once more, as he struggles to balance his Libertarian views with the partisan politics that dominate our two-party system. You were right the first time, Rand, we shouldn't be subsidizing Israel in its ongoing war with Palestine. The United States shouldn't make itself complicit in these atrocities.