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August 4th, 2014
11:43 PM ET

Did Hamas really use human shields?

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.

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Filed under: Crisis in Gaza • Gaza • Hamas • Palestine • Randi Kaye
July 28th, 2014
10:59 PM ET

What do both sides hope to achieve through the Gaza crisis?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning his nation to prepare for a long campaign in Gaza. There is also no sign that Hamas is willing to give up its weapons or even end its campaign of rocket fire across the border. AC360 looks at what both sides are hoping to achieve through this deadly fighting. Anderson got the Israeli view from Mark Regev, top spokesman for Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Anderson discussed the Palestinian perspective with with Mouin Rabbani, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Palestinian Studies.

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Filed under: Benjamin Netanyahu • Crisis in Gaza • Gaza • Israel • Palestine
July 7th, 2014
10:49 PM ET

Beaten Palestinian-American teen's aunt: If he wasn't a U.S. citizen, he would have died in jail

Tariq Khdeir is a Palestinian-American teen whose beating at the hands of Israeli police is adding fuel to the latest violence. Senior White House officials say they were shocked by the tape of the Tampa, Florida high school student's beating. Israeli authorities accuse Khdeir of attacking security officers and he is now under house arrest. His aunt, Suhad Abu Khadeir, and family attorney Hassan Shibly spoke with Wolf.

Fareed Zakaria discusses the dynamics driving this latest violence between Israelis and the Palestinians.

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Filed under: Fareed Zakaria • Gaza • Hamas • Israel • Palestine • Tariq Khdeir
July 1st, 2014
11:10 PM ET

Will Israel retaliate for the murder of three teens?

On the heels of the murder of three Israeli teens, tensions have escalated in the Middle East.

With Israeli retaliation feeling immenent, on Tuesday evening CNN's Ben Wedeman joined John Berman with a live report from the West Bank, in the process offering an update on the emotion in the region.

Despite Hamas denying involvement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu maintains that the Palestinian Sunni Islamist organization is responsible, and pledges to avenge the killings, saying "May God avenge their blood."

Watch the above video for Wedeman's full report detailing the latest and explaining the current state of Israel's potential plan for response.

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Vote for the story that defined 2012
December 5th, 2012
12:16 AM ET

Vote for the story that defined 2012

The past year brought historic changes, democratic milestones, devastating tragedies, and acts of heroism that will never be forgotten.

In 2012 Anderson traveled across the country and around the world seeking the truth. He met people who were struggling against seemingly insurmountable odds: Syrian refugees, gunshot victims in Colorado, New Yorkers who lost everything they had, widows facing a harsh new reality.

There were crimes that divided communities and launched important conversations about discrimination and ethics. In some cases, justice was served. Convicted of child sex abuse, Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Colorado Shooting • Egypt • Hamas • Hurricane Sandy • Israel • Jerry Sandusky • Libya • Palestine • Syria • Trayvon Martin • Whitney Houston
November 29th, 2012
10:42 PM ET

U.N. victory for Palestinians

The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to grant Palestinians "non-member observer state" status. Frederik Pleitgen reports from the West Bank.

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Filed under: Israel • Palestine
September 18th, 2012
11:41 PM ET

Zakaria: Romney 'doesn't seem presidential'

Fareed Zakaria, Ari Fleischer and David Gergen discuss Romney's recent "two-state solution" gaffe and the candidate's foreign policy.

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June 17th, 2010
10:33 AM ET

Israel to change rules for civilians bringing aid to Gaza

Michal Zippori
CNN

Israeli officers stand by aid at Ashdod port unloaded from humanitarian ships boarded by troops on May 31, 2010.
Israeli officers stand by aid at Ashdod port unloaded from humanitarian ships boarded by troops on May 31, 2010.

Jerusalem– Israel's security Cabinet said Thursday it would "liberalize" the system that allows civilians to bring aid to Gaza.

The decision comes after an international outcry over Israel's handling of ships carrying aid to Gaza last month.

A flotilla of ships trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza was stopped by naval vessels on May 31. Nine people on one of the ships were killed when the Israeli military boarded it and gunfire broke out.

Israel says its troops were attacked with knives, metal poles and other objects.

The security Cabinet said it would "continue existing security procedures to prevent the inflow of weapons and war materiel." Palestinian officials quickly dismissed Israel's move.


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June 8th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Flotilla clash still making waves in Middle East politics

CNN Wire Staff

Pro-Palestinian protesters on Monday in Ashdod call for the release of the passengers on the Freedom Flotilla.
Pro-Palestinian protesters on Monday in Ashdod call for the release of the passengers on the Freedom Flotilla.

The political repercussions of Israel's raid of boats carrying aid to Gaza last week continued to ripple across the Middle East and showed no signs of slowing Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters outside an Asian security summit in Istanbul, Turkey, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the killing of nine Turkish activists by Israeli naval commandos aboard one vessel in the flotilla "will change many issues in the world" and marked the "final countdown" for Israel's existence.

"It shows that it has no room in the region, and no one is ready to live alongside it," he told reporters.

His comments came as more aid ships, some backed by regional powers, prepared to set sail.

Israel has said its naval blockade is in place to stop weaponry from reaching militants in Gaza intent on attacking Israel. But critics say the three-year blockade - imposed after Hamas took over Gaza - has deepened poverty in the Palestinian territory.


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Filed under: Israel • Middle East • Palestine
March 15th, 2010
12:48 PM ET

Peace process prolongs Mideast war

David Frum
CNN Contributor

Vice President Joe Biden has "condemned." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton scolded - and then leaked the scolding. On background, U.S. aides fret that the Israeli announcement of new settlement construction may thwart resumption of the peace process.

Let me advance an unorthodox opinion: The most dangerous cause of instability in the Middle East is the so-called peace process itself.

I know this is an unusual point of view. Please hear me out.

By my count, there have been at least 10 major outbursts of violence between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East since 1936.

Every one of these conflicts ended in a similar way. Either outside powers imposed a ceasefire - or else Israel halted military operations just before a ceasefire could be imposed.

Every one of these conflicts began in a similar way, too: with a renewed attack by the Arab side, or else (as in 1956 or 1967) by Arab violations of the terms of the previous armistice or ceasefire.

Think for a minute how unusual this is. Wars usually end when one side or the other decides it cannot continue fighting. The losing side accepts terms it had formerly deemed unacceptable because the alternative - continued fighting - seems even worse.

I doubt many Hungarians are delighted to have lost more than half their territory to neighbors in Romania and the former Yugoslavia. Bolivians still remember the loss of their Pacific coast to Chile in 1884. Some in Indonesia continue to regard East Timor as rightfully theirs.

Yet for the most part, these nations have reconciled themselves to these unwelcome outcomes.

Exactly the opposite has occurred in the Arab-Israeli dispute.

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