Middle East peacekeepers can rest easy — filmmakers are doing their work for them. Left-wing director Michael Moore has made a punchy appearance on MSNBC, in which he claims that Israel’s real enemies are not Hamas, but instead “white European Christians”, stretching back to the Spanish Inquisition.

In his interview, Moore accused President Joe Biden of “gambling” with democracy by “aligning himself with an authoritarian in Tel Aviv”. The director, whose politically informed documentaries have included Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, has previously compared Netanyahu to Donald Trump and described Israel’s military action in Gaza as “slaughter”. Satirists can make further hay with Moore’s outspoken interventions, after he was portrayed as a morbidly obese suicide bomber (in puppet form) in 2004 film Team America: World Police.