Bob Schieffer Has Some Very...Strong Opinions About Gaza

07/29/2014 11:59 am ET

Sometimes it seems as though there are two versions of CBS's Bob Schieffer. One is the avuncular, low-key host of "Face the Nation" who rarely makes waves. And the other is the sharply opinionated pundit who makes dramatic comments about subjects like Edward Snowden and Syria.

That second character was in evidence on Sunday, when Schieffer offered this take on the ongoing violence in Gaza.

In the Middle East, the Palestinian people find themselves in the grip of a terrorist group that has embarked on a strategy to get its own children killed in order to build sympathy for its cause, a strategy that might actually be working, at least in some quarters. Last week, I found a quote of many years ago by Golda Meir, one of Israel's early leaders, which might have been said yesterday. "We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children, she said, "but we can never forgive them for forcing us to kill their children."

Well, that is certainly one way to frame a discussion.

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