Four videos that explain the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

BY Larisa Epatko  July 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM EDT

Eruptions of violence between Israelis and Palestinians continued for a second week, culminating with Israel launching a ground offensive into Gaza on Thursday. The PBS NewsHour has aired a series of interviews offering different takes on the fighting, with Israeli and Palestinian officials, an analyst and the former U.S. envoy to Mideast talks. Watch all of them here.


Former U.S. envoy Martin Indyk

“Natures abhors a vacuum, particularly in the Israeli-Palestinian arena, and if you’re not moving forward, the vacuum gets filled by a very negative dynamic and extremists, who want to basically pursue the conflict,” said former U.S. special envoy for Mideast negotiations Martin Indyk on Monday’s PBS NewsHour.


Mark Perry, author and analyst

The Palestinians want “an end to the siege of Gaza. And that shows international respect and respect of Israel a concession that they really need to get their economy going, they need an opening to the Rafah border crossing,” said Mark Perry, writer and foreign policy analyst, on Tuesday.


Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer

“The prime minister has been very clear about what Israel’s objective is, a sustained period of quiet. We’re doing that by degrading the capabilities of Hamas in Gaza. And the prime minister made clear he would achieve that, whether it’s militarily or diplomatically,” said Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer on Wednesday.


Palestine Liberation Organization chief representative to U.S. Maen Rashid Areikat

“I think both sides have no interest in expanding this confrontation. The Palestinian leadership position is very clear. We don’t believe that this is in the interests of any party, definitely not the Palestinians, who have really suffered a heavy toll of civilian casualties. More than 240 have been killed so far, 1,600 wounded, very, very extensive damage in the Gaza Strip. So it is in the interest of the Palestinian people to see a cease-fire as soon as possible,” said Maen Rashid Areikat, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s representative to the U.S., on Thursday.

View all of the PBS NewsHour’s Middle East coverage.