Anderson Cooper is in Jerusalem as the first day of the cease–fire appears to be holding. Gaza residents are starting to leave their shelters to get a first look at what's left of their homes. Anderson spoke to IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, who acknowledged that Hamas fighters were better trained and more professional than in previous conflicts.
Anderson also spoke with Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erakat about what Hamas got out of this conflict.
Israel claims that Hamas is intentionally putting Palestinian civilians in harms way. Randi Kaye takes a closer look at what the Israeli military says is evidence that Hamas has developed a strategy of using human shields.
Chris Gunness is the spokesman for the United Nation's Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees. He says the one thing the U.N. cannot deliver is security.
Anderson Cooper spoke with Mark Regev, the chief spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He says Israeli forces are not going to be relaxing, but instead watching to make sure Hamas honors the cease–fire.
Anderson also spoke with the PLO's Ambassador to the U.S., Maen Areikat. He addressed demands to demilitarize Hamas, saying Israel should end the blockade and occupation of Gaza first.
The world is holding its breath as Israel and Palestinian groups agree to a three day cease–fire. The news follows a string of violent incidents on both sides of the Gaza border. Anderson Cooper takes a look at the events that led to this latest cease–fire deal.
There is no end in sight to the crisis in Gaza. Citizens there have nowhere to go. With fighting raging they can’t bury their dead. There is often no time to tend to their wounded. It’s a humanitarian crisis that is escalating along with the violence.
Chris Gunness is the spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency. He told Anderson they have nothing but international law and humanitarian principles to protect us.
Israel has said one of the top goals of its Gaza operation is the destruction of Hamas' underground tunnels. Randi Kaye looks at how Hamas claims to use them, and why Israel is so intent on destroying them.
Expectations and emotions are high after the news of a 72-hour ceasefire deal in Gaza. Maen Areikat is the Chief of the PLO delegation in Washington. He tells Anderson that Palestinians will only agree to demilitarization when Israel ends its occupation of Gaza.
Daniel Ayalon is a former Israeli Ambassador to the United States. He denies that his country is occupying Gaza and explains to Anderson that Israel now needs to see Hamas stop its attacks.
The kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens just weeks ago, helped escalate already simmering tensions between Israel and Palestinian militants. While speaking to Anderson Cooper last night, Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev blamed Hamas for their deaths. On the same program, Mouin Rabbani, a senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies cast doubt on that claim and pointed out that Israel has provided no evidence that these killings were the work of Hamas. Randi Kaye takes a closer look at the murders and the fallout.
Israeli air strikes last tight targeted Al-Aqsa TV and Radio stations in Gaza. Both have played key roles in getting Hamas' message out to the public. Anderson Cooper takes a closer look at that message.
This report contains images of violence that may be disturbing to some viewers
At least 16 people are dead and 200 others are wounded after shells rained down on a U.N. school in Gaza. Families with young children were using the building as a shelter from the fighting. Israel says it is investigating the shelling and suggests it may have been a rocket fired by Hamas that hit the school. What is certain is today, young children and babies once again paid the price of war. ITN reporter Dan Rivers reports from Gaza.
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