December 29th, 2008
10:00 PM ET

Live blog from the anchor desk 12/29/08

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  1. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    This is a very tricky time for the President Elect Obama because he's not yet in office and yet the Bush Administration is on its way out and so they are asleep at the wheel...

    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Alyson

    Such terrible news coming out of the middle east..Can you speak a bit slower?I watch you every night Anderson and
    tonight for some reason you are
    speaking too quickly!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  3. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I don't think PE Obama will do anything different than President Bush.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  4. shehla

    i was just wandering that which rule of security applies to obama's daughters and israel why it is not for palestine. Ain"t it hypocracy?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  5. LisaL - Canada

    self-defense. anti-self-defense. aggression. retaliation. how can anyone make it stop when it has been going on for so many years.

    i guess it will be important to keep trying. i wonder when both sides will just get sick and tired of killing and dying.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  6. Raman Kohli

    With Israel at war with Hamas and the Arab world soon, the U.S. On the brink with Iran and their position on Hamas, and India and Pakistan, world war 3 isn't hard to imagine. Our society needs to wake up and look past our religious indifferences.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Imman

    Thank you, Deserae. It is not fair that people are not realizing that the Palestinians are the victims. There is no excuse for bombing hundreds of civilians. The fact that Obama rationalized that is appalling. As an Obama supporter, I am very upset.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse NY

    In 1948 the UN partitioned then Palestine into a Palistinian and Israeli state. Isreal went along with it, and the Arab League rejected it and attacked. Everything that follows is a direct result. Palestine could have had a state 60 years ago. They wanted it all, and lost big.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Karthik

    This is just another example of Israel's arrogant attempt towards "resolving" crisis between the Israelis and the Palestinians. They know this is not going to solve anything, but just political play carried out during election year in Israel.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Akbar

    Ashley from NY hit it on the dot.

    I'm not sure i understand you though, janine.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Dulcie - Denver

    Meh, can't get to the Webcast. Sorry, Randi!

    I'm honestly not sure how this problem can ever be solved. Hamas will never accept or tolerate Israel. Israel does need to protect itself.

    Where does it end? Wish I knew.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  12. Rui Marques

    Not many Americans know that the U.S. gives 10 billions a year to Israel... since that's the case, U.S. should not be involved, period!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Ken in NC

    Obama has got to have a mighty big plate because it seems like all the problems of the world are piling up on it now.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Geoff - Pittsburgh, PA

    This conflict has been going on for decades and will continue for decades unless Hamas is removed now.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  15. Kake

    I hope the rest of the world finds out about the on going massacre of Palestinians by the zionist israel, its funny to see how the media always points fingers towards nations like iran without any clear proof, how many israeli civilians have been killed by hamas in this conflict? and how many by israel? just think about it...

    December 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  16. adam

    If Israel as an occupyier has the right to attack Gaza and its population for the actions of Hamas, than how much more do the Palestinians have the right to attack Israel to end this evil occupation.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  17. maram

    Sealing Gaza borders for many months and preventing food, fuel, and medical supplies from flowing to 1.5 million people has nothing to do with fighting Hamas. It's a war crime!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  18. Ann

    Hamas should not have fired the initial rockets in provocation. That is true. But like the ME conflict a couple of years ago, Israeli response goes to far in my opinion.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  19. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, Wa

    I hope you had good last week christmas vacation and enjoy your day.... Erica Hill was great job anchor fill-in for you, she was amazing anchor...

    December 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  20. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @ karen,

    i think that Pres. Bush doesnt want to add more to Obamas plate, its already full. if he responds and begins the action, then Obama would have to resolve it.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  21. EJ (USA)

    It seems as if this same conflict happens every 6 months or so.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  22. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Hello bloggers! All the conflicts in the world, hate to see another one stirring in the Middle East. Even the oil prices went up just because of this Israel / Hamas conflict.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Minou, New York City

    Why is "unconditional support" for Israel something good? The US has to be fair and not be lead by the huge jewish lobby here.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  24. Ido Alexander

    If a terrorist group like Hamas was bombing El Paso, TX, other nations around the world would not be in such uproar.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  25. Samantha

    I understand the Israeli need to defend itself against Hamas, but killing more civilians than terrorists doesnt seem like the best way to achieve that goal.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  26. Larry

    Why do we feel compelled to interfere in the confrontation between Israel & Hamas? We are not the world's police; let the UN deal with it.
    With Israeli supporters. Axelrod & Emanuel, in his cabinet then obama may want to steer clear of any public announcements.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  27. Deserae Abed-Rabbo, Seattle WA

    @ashley, I completely agree with you. I am scared for my family in the region and sad that Barack Obama is so far completely supporting Israel.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  28. Donegal H. - MO

    @ "Deserae, Seattle WA" - I completely agree! Why are we hearing nothing but justification on behalf of Israel? Where is the outrage at this violence?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  29. Justin Gebara

    I understand that Hamas has attacked Israel, and I acknowledge that Israel must defend itself and its residents. No one in the world would mourn the death of a Hamas terrorist. The issue is the collateral damage, the innocent Palestininans caught in the middle of this war. Israel has the means to attack this enemy of the world with more precision. In my opinion the Israelis are walking into brain surgery operation with a chainsaw and it is just not working.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  30. Haris

    i just wonder why is'nt the UN peace force called in to keep in check the atrocities committed by israel and also hamas.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  31. Damian Trudell - Spring, TX

    Will we soon see action from our current president regarding the Israel-Gaza situation? I know he is a lame duck, but he is still in office and much more can escalate over the next 22 days.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  32. adam

    Who is the one being violent, he who puts a gun to your head, or you when you try to knock it away. The palestinians have lived under a siege with guns to their heads for the past 60 years.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  33. Uma in Liverpool, UK

    Holiday greets all, from across the pond.

    I have a question. How many Palestinian civilian deaths equal one Israeli civilian death. So far, I make it 50+ to 1; 350 Palestinian dead, 6 Israeli dead.

    How is this right? How can the USA call this 'self-defence'?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  34. Erica Goldring

    My sister is spending time in Jerusalem for the next six months. Even though the conflict is specifically in Gaza is there turmoil all over Israel and cause to worry?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  35. philip cataldo

    Is it true that Israel limits the flow of people and supplies from Gaza to Eqypt? If so why? Shouldn't Israel let people flow freely between Gaza and Eqypt and if Gaza misuses Gaza to fire rockets into Israel then Israel can go to war with Gaza just like any two countries normally do.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  36. Mira

    I am so glad you are showing how Israel is trying to defend itself. The media seems to not emphasize that. I do not understand the non-Muslims who riot against Israel ...why not against Hammas?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  37. sue hamza

    please be real!!!!!
    do you see european chanels with pics of palestinian dead babies and old people and moms screaming!!!!! whos the terrorist here?????


    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  38. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! I hope you had a great Christmas.
    It's discouraging to see the intensified conflict in Israel–the Middle East– at the start of the New Year–or any time of year.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  39. David Abelson

    I have never posted to a blog and as a moderate I do not wish to be extreme. However, does ths cycle of violence ever end.

    World opinion takes no stand on daily rocket and mortor attacks into Isreal. They have been given the right to govern themselves. What is the result of Hamas efforts? Death, poverty, stagnation.

    No concession by Isreal will ever end this. Hamas and others vow only to destroy Jews and Isreal. If the Arab states truly feel for theses people whay is it they never help to raise their quality of life.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  40. Justin

    Radical extremists never say enough is enough. There is no place for this ideology in civilized society. Israel must defend itself. Barak has no option but to defend the interests of other democratic societies.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  41. Melissa

    I think it's about time Israel did something about it.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  42. Al Jackson

    Why is it Isreal is able to get away with this and we all just look away? I have no issues with Middle easterners or Isrealites/Jews but don't understand why this is so okay for them to get away with their actions.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  43. Paul Andrews

    Anderson, I oppose Israel's use of such mighty force against a densely populated area. There will be a huge loss of innocent lives, Can you please report on why Hamas did not renew the ceasefire as Israel never kept to its original agreement. they have locked down their borders and have starved their people of food, water, medicines, etc. Please report this to your viewers they need to know this truth. Finally, if Israel believes they are being attacked by terrorists why will they not allow international journalists in to report on the truth? Are they afraid of us seeing the real truth?

    December 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  44. Mary Helen (Haskell)

    My message to: Mr. President Obama PLEASE – this carnage in Gaza must be stopped. Sure, it is one thing to defend one's home/homeland but Israel is committing genocide on the people in Gaza not all of whom are muslims. Does this not go against the Geneva Conventions?

    I understand your reluctance to overstep bush but PLEASE this must be stopped before there are not people left there. Surely the Jews remember what it was like in HItler's Germany and occupied countries – we condemn genocide in Darfur and other regions, this is no different.

    We have been an allay so unconditionally it is no wonder the Arab/Muslim countries dislike us. We can still be Israel's allay but you/your team must make them understand this is not acceptable even if it was Gaza who first broke the peace accord. There are responsibilities for both sides...surely there must be some grounds for them to reach peace even after all the destruction caused by Israel.thanks mhh

    December 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  45. Luis F.

    I see the Israeli condemnation but wheres the Muslim condemnation to the rockets attacks on Israel, the attacks in India, or even the attacks in Afghanistan that left 14 children dead. If real peace is to be achieved all parties should spend less time pointing fingers and change their own habits!

    December 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  46. Pat Connolly

    U should check latest MEMRI reports re: HAMAS, PLA, and Fatah dispatches for a more complete perspective on the Gaza conflict.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  47. adam

    If Israel is terrorized by its occupation of Gaza, then end your occupation of Palestine.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  48. Elliot

    How can a country not protect their civillians. The bombardment of rockets should not be tolerated and hamas needs to be eliminated once and for all.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  49. Donegal H. - MO

    I think that there are a lot of Americans who don't know much or anything about the history of the situation between Palestine and Israel. I think it would be a great idea if you and your guests delved into that a little bit so that we can all have a better understanding of this situation. Give us a history lesson, if you will.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
  50. randy

    When watching the video of Obama in israel and he's talking about what he would do if someone tried to bomb his little girls, look at the look on Yahud Barak's face. He's got a big smile on his face and even raises his eyebrows. He's gesturing to someone, "see, we got this guy in our pocket too!"

    December 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm |
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