Sean Hannity landed in Israel last week.
We know this because the controversial FOX News anchor tweeted about said landing extensively, from the aircraft’s descent to his very first visit to Iron Dome locations used by the IDF to shoot down incoming Hamas rockets.
His visit came amid a storm of criticism, whipped up by Russell Brand’s dissection of his combative interview style during his satirical YouTube show The Trews, over the heavy pro-Israel bias in his coverage of the conflict in Gaza.
Said bias led to him shouting at a Palestinian guest Yousef Munayyer and asking him if he was “thick in the head” as he attempted in vain to get him to agree that Hamas were a terrorist organisation.
It also led to campaign to get billboards reading ‘Sean Hannity Is An Idiot’ erected in every major airport in the United States.
The famous on Israel-Gaza
The famous on Israel-Gaza
1/21 Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem
Oscar-winning married actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem signed an open letter accused Israel of "genocide". They said: "Gaza is living through horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air'.
2/21 Zayn Malik
The One Direction singer was bombarded with Twitter death threats after posting #FreePalestine to his 13 million followers. The tweet collected over 130,000 retweets, but it soon became apparent that not everyone agreed with his opinion.
3/21 Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow, the actress and Unicef ambassador, said on Twitter: 'We can passionately protest Israel's assault upon Gaza without descending, even remotely, into the hideousness of anti-Semitism'.
4/21 Katy Perry
Way back in 2011, Katy Perry faced a slew of angry responses from Palestinians and their supporters after she tweeted to her fans, asking them to 'Pray for Israel'.
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5/21 Massive Attack
Massive Attack spoke of their ‘love and commitment’ to supporting the plight of young Palestinian refugees after the band visited the Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon.
6/21 Selena Gomez
The former Disney child star caused a stir when she posted an image on her Instagram account than began: 'It's about humanity. Pray for Gaza.' Joan Rivers responded to the TMZ celebrity news website: 'Oh, Selena Gomez, yeah, that college grad. Well if Selena said that...let’s see if she can spell Palestinian'.
7/21 Russell Brand
Russell Brand is currently caught up in an entertaining spat with Fox News anchor Sean Hannity. Brand uploaded a video where he accused Hannity of terrorism after his agressive behaviour in an Israel-Gaza debate. Hannity, who is famously right-wing and pro-Israel, asked Yousef Munayyer if he was 'thick in the head'.
Rihanna tweeted, then deleted, the hashtag #FreePalestine after eight minutes. She claimed its publication was an accident.
9/21 John Legend
The singer waded into the debate on Twitter when he wrote: 'So sick watching our Secretary of State have to grovel so hard to tell Israel how much he loves them while Israeli cabinet shits on him'.
10/21 Bar Refaeli
Leonardo DiCaprio's former girlfriend added to the debate when she posted a quote on her Instagram account, which she attributed to Abraham Lincoln. Unfortunately it was actually taken from a Lincoln figure encountered by Captain Kirk and Spock in Star Trek, season three, episode 22.
11/21 Bill Maher
Bill Maher received a storm of criticism after he compared Hamas to a 'crazy woman trying to kill you'. 'You can only hold her wrists for so long before you have to slap her,' he tweeted.
12/21 Jon Voight
The actor and father of Angelina Jolie unleashed a rant on Fox News. Reading from a script, he criticised Obama’s actions over the current unrest in Israel and Gaza.
13/21 Joey Barton
Despite already getting into a dispute with Yossi Benayoun over comments on the Israel-Gaza conflict: Joey Barton has continued to deplore the violence in Gaza, tweeting the hashtag '#stopisraelkillinginnocents'.
14/21 Howard Stern
When a caller attempted to blame Israel for the war with Hamas last week, SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern told him to'“F*** off!' before launching into an impassioned defense of Israel, saying: “If you’re anti-Israel, then you’re anti-America”.
15/21 Wonder Woman
Otherwise known as Gal Gadot: the Israeli actress took to Instagram, writing: 'I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens. Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children'.
16/21 Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan was branded 'Zionest scum' for his stream of tweets about the Israel-Gaza conflict. He declared various opinions such as 'I like Jews. I like Arabs' and 'Same nonsense made Northern Ireland a murderous tinderbox for 30 years'.
17/21 Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers didn't hold back when she was interviewed by TMZ; likening Israel's position to that of New York if it was attacked by New Jersey. Asked where she thought civilians caught up in the crossfire were supposed to go, she replied: 'I don't care, they started'.
18/21 Dwight Howard
NBA star Dwight Howard 'did a Rihanna' - tweeting '#FreePalestine' before quickly deleting it and spending the rest of the day apologizing for the 'mistake'.
19/21 Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman uploaded a short video to her Facebook page, featuring Keith Urban with their daughters Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret, captioned: 'Keith, the girls and I are joining Reba McEntire to #PrayForPeace. xxNic'.
20/21 Simon Cowell
X Factor boss pledged almost £100,000 to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces at a US fund-raiser in Beverly Hills in 2012. The gala brought in more than £12million for the organisation, which helps to provide welfare services for IDF soldiers and their bereaved families. So far, however, he has only commented on the conflict to say that he is "praying for peace".
21/21 Brian Eno
Musician and producer Brian Eno condemned the Israeli action in Gaza as 'ethnic cleansing' in an open letter on David Byrne's website.
But he remained immune to the background noise, and his touristic coverage of his visit continued with more images of him standing next to various Israeli-looking objects and cites of significance as he journeyed the length and breadth of the country looking for controversy.
Then came the toe-curling moment he met Benjamin Netanyahu (scroll down to watch the resulting and equally toe-curling interview).
Again, he tweeted the evidence of said meeting. And in particular, a shot of him leaning over and whispering something into the Israeli Prime Minister’s ear.
No-one but Hannity and Netanyahu appear to know exactly what was said as he fawningly lent over and uttered the unheard. Apparently, Hannity says, it would blow our minds to find out:
I wish I could reveal what I said here, but I cannot pic.twitter.com/pZZfsypg6NSean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 8, 2014
But that hasn’t stopped the rest of the internet from attempting to guess. Largely – and predictably – much of said guessing, which quickly led to the image going viral, has been from sexually explicit trolls. Rather than ignore the trolls, Hannity decided to join in, cementing his own trolling credentials with the following:
“@RizlaJa:"Israel is a terrorist state and you are supporting them" Israel is the VICTIM OF TERROR. You are just dumb and clueless.Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 9, 2014
And of course he couldn’t resist a pop at his old foe, Russell Brand, in the process:
@rustyrockets Russell Brand druggie who dresses like Bin Laden day after 9-11. Rusty needs an education on terrorism. A Dumb D list actorSean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 9, 2014
Sadly for Hannity, Brand didn’t rise to the childish bait. The comedian moved on from his FOX News condemnation last week to voice his opinions on Scottish Independence instead.