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Israeli Officer Defends Brian Williams’ Story of Hezbollah Fire

An Israeli army officer has defended Brian Williams’ accounts of witnessing rocket fire below his helicopter during Israel’s war with Hezbollah in 2006, after the Washington Post said the newsman had given varying versions of the incident.

Jacob Dallal, a reserve major in the Israeli army’s media liaison office, who accompanied the NBC news anchor on the helicopter, said that during their flight he and Williams saw Katyusha rockets fired from Lebanon strike the ground below them in northern Israel. He said his recollection was that the anchor’s subsequent reporting “was representative of the experience.”