In our news wrap Tuesday, Israel widened the scope of its military barrage in Gaza, with strikes on its only power plant, the home of the leader of Hamas and a Hamas-run TV station. There were reports of possible cease-fire agreements, but efforts were eventually quashed. Also, police in China reportedly shot and killed dozens of gang members who had used knives to stage attacks on two towns. Continue reading
A senior official of the Palestine Liberation Organisation proposed a 24-hour cease-fire in Gaza on Tuesday that was quickly contradicted by Hamas, the Associated Press reported. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.
But the House and Senate are at odds over process. Continue reading
Why is it proving so difficult to halt the current conflict between Hamas and Israel? Gwen Ifill gets debate from Robert Satloff of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and foreign policy analyst and writer Mark Perry on the sticking points standing in the way of peace and what each side has to lose — or gain. Continue reading
A Palestinian park and hospital were hit by Israeli strikes that killed nine children, among others. Meanwhile, four people were killed in a mortar strike by Hamas in southern Israel, and Hamas militants reportedly fired on Israeli soldiers using an underground tunnel near the border. Gwen Ifill reports on the growing calls for a true cease-fire and how both sides are responding. Continue reading
Israel agreed Saturday to extend a humanitarian truce in the Gaza strip by four hours. But Hamas rejected the four-hour truce extension, and Israel’s military reported three rockets fired from Gaza. How do Israelis feel about the ongoing military conflict? Continue reading
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the week’s top news, including obstacles to passing an immigration bill, luring Hispanic voters, the White House’s handling of the Mideast conflict, as well as how perception of Hamas and Israel has shifted through social media. Continue reading
- National Security Advisor Rice on sticking points of Mideast cease-fire and Russia proxy-war potential
National Security Advisor Susan Rice says the U.S. doesn’t support Hamas’ use of force as an attempt to end economic isolation. She joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the prospect of a 12-hour humanitarian pause in the battle between Israel and Gaza, obstacles to achieving a cease-fire and the sway that the U.S. still holds in Mideast diplomacy, as well as evidence of Moscow’s interference in Ukraine. Continue reading
The Israeli government rejected a new cease-fire proposal in its battle with Hamas despite the call by U.S., Egypt and the U.N. for a week-long halt and new talks. As the conflict raged on both sides, the World Health Organization appealed again for a humanitarian corridor to evacuate the wounded from Gaza. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
CAIRO — Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants.