- 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.
The growing number of casualties in the battle between Israel and Hamas has raised questions about the tactics being used by both sides. Judy Woodruff gets debate from Noura Erakat of George Mason University and Amos Guiora of the University of Utah about accusations that Hamas is using civilians as human shields and the ethics of targeting civilian areas. Continue reading
Emergency workers rushed victims to the hospital after a series of explosions blasted a UN school compound in northern Gaza. The Palestinian Red Crescent and Hamas blamed Israeli tank fire, while Israel said Hamas rocket fire might be responsible. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Cairo in a bid to get a cease-fire. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
Violence broke out in the West Bank late Thursday when 10,000 marched to protest the Israeli incursion of Gaza. Two protesters were reported killed when the crowd clashed with police at a checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Post reported. Continue reading
Israeli forces shelled a U.N.-run school compound in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and injuring at least 150 more, Gaza health officials said. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
The end of the ban, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets, was effective at 11:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Continue reading
Gwen Ifill talks to Pernille Ironside of UNICEF, who is in Gaza, about the toll the Israeli military offensive is having on civilians, and especially on children, the damage to infrastructure, as well as the capabilities of UNICEF to provide aid without safe humanitarian access. Continue reading
Secretary of State John Kerry met with with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in hopes of working toward an end to hostilities. Hundreds of Palestinians fled strikes in a southern Gaza town, while a new Hamas rocket threat caused more airlines to cancel flights into Israel. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading