January 2nd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 1/2/09

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Tonight on 360°
Airstrikes continue in Gaza as Israel amasses troops and artillery at the border.

A ground assault could begin at any moment. We'll have a live report from Nic Robertson in Israel.

And tragedy strikes John Travolta and his family. His sixteen year old son dies while the family is on vacation.

We’re blogging throughout the hour, and we hope you will join us.

Just follow our rules. Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book)
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (we don't like screaming)
3) Use your real name

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soundoff (422 Responses)
  1. Maayan


    Israeli soldiers dont just point and shoot. I served in the Israeli army and I, nor any of my friends were ever trained to shoot with a blindfold on... in fact its just the opposite. Where do you get your information from?

    January 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse NY

    People need to go back to when this began, 1948. The UN wanted to partition Palestine into 2 staes, one Jewish the other Palestinian. The Jews agreed, and the Arab League attacked trying to wipe Israel out. If they had agreed then, there would not have been all the subsequent violence.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  3. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    great job tonite 360! sad news but well delivered.

    goodnite all.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  4. Lori from IL

    Wow - looking forward to the special on the Obama's this weekend. Those are two lucky little girls to have Michelle and Barak as parents. It's refreshing to see their family dynamic.

    This hour has gone by fast.

    Good show Anderson.

    Hope everyone has a good weekend.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  5. Ray Joseph Cormier Ottawa-Hull

    The saddest part of this conflict is it is happening in the middle of an election and the government has to show it is just as tough on Hamas as Benjamin Netanyahu, the extreme leader of Lukid who is close in the polls.

    In my view, this is self-serving cynicism at its worst.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, WA

    She is idiot to hire hitman to kill her family!!!! not good idea!!! she will be arrested to book her in jail!! what she was thinking?????

    January 2, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  7. Heather - Spokane, WA

    She says that she didnt say any of those things to that undercover cop? Someone is dumber than she thinks!

    January 2, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  8. Jana, Indiana

    Good night Anderson and all bloggers. Hope all of you have a great weekend.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  9. Nasser

    The Bush policy on the middle east obviously failed. This is not just between Israel and Palestinians. Disengagement does not work. This is between Islam and Judaism, and a third party the UN will need to help solve the problem and create an environment for peace.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  10. Ari

    Goodness Gracious....so many people think that there is just an easy way out of everything. Ex-husband giving you problems...Have him taken care of. Life is not that easy...nobody said it would be. They just said it'd be worth it.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  11. EJ (USA)

    That lady is a total idiot.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  12. Maureen T

    The" Goody-Two Shoes" woman obviously blew it! No pun intended. Have the family killed for $500.00? What was she thinking?

    January 2, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Hamas hides behind women and children firing missiles then blames Israel when innocent people get killed. They are nothing but terrorists and cowards.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  14. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Yikes! What did Beth's husband do to make a so called "goody two shoes" turn terribly bad? It must have been quite something.

    No one is worth going to jail for. Who is that stupid? Yeesh.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  15. Joe

    Room in a Cheap Motel $ 89
    Hire a Hit man to kill her husband $500
    Get Busted by the PD Priceless

    January 2, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  16. Tami Cook

    the world should get this straight and not forget that Hamas is a terrorist organization dedicated to the distruction of Isreal. Isreal is defending itself in the same manner that we would

    January 2, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  17. Sherrol in Canada

    No wonder there was a custody battle, the woman is insane, trying to hire someone to kill her ex, his wife and his parents.

    Looks like the ex knew why he wanted custody. And fellow bloggers, please don't say that somehow she must have snapped and it drove her to it. Let's look at it rationally, if it hadn't been in her in the first place, it wouldn't have come out in the last place.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  18. mirella

    Instead of firing rockets into Israel, Hamas should have aired their "beefs" loudly to the western press in order for the world to understand their concerns and then perhaps this would pressure Israel to back-off from whatever it is they're doing that's ticking off Hamas. I'm still not sure why all this is happening. When will this insanity stop?

    January 2, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  19. Marty Morton, Illinois

    It is time for the back and forth between Israel & Palestine to stop once and for all. Israel................end it now. It is justified.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  20. LisaLJL

    the news regarding Gaza is sad. the news about John Travolta's son in heartbreaking. but these things are beyond one individual's control.

    the most disturbing piece of news tonight is, without a doubt, the lady contracting services to have another human killed.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE! sometimes, the only thing we have control over are the decisions we make. people need to think a WHOLE LOT MORE about their actions. some things cannot be taken back or undone.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  21. Ken C

    I hope Bush steps out and actually releases some statements regarding the issue because after all, Obama has a few weeks before entering the White House, and we need the President to do something now, whether it be a statement, meeting, etc.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  22. Jacqueline, NY

    Stacy lloyd scranton,pa

    May God bless you and keep you till we meet again. And, I know thank you is not enough, but, THANK YOU so much!

    Jacqueline P. H.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  23. Renee

    Just wondering, what did Michelle mean by making accomodations for Barack? This went on for years?! Great!

    January 2, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  24. gary-nyc

    Isn't an educated consumer a hitman's best customer?

    January 2, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  25. William Miller

    When will the civilized world stept in and end this madness ? Israel have obvously lost her bearings.How could anybody within Hamas or Gaza advocate peace with Israel after ttheir barbaric disreguard for the lives of innocent humans in Gaza?

    January 2, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  26. Brandi - bottom of the boot


    im so glad your son is doing well, god bless you both.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  27. marla

    I am so sorry for the Travolta families loss. It is the sadest time for parents and siblings. My prays are with you

    January 2, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  28. Solomon oforji

    Regarding to John Travolta's son death, this could be caused by many factor. so focusing on what the boy ate made it wrong on differential dignoses. They should look into any possible medication that the boy must i have been taken, Like ASPRIN, which could cause Reye's sydrome m not only in Chicken pox or varicella disease but other viral infection.
    My condolence goes to the Travolta's family

    January 2, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  29. anthonia,oakland,ca

    The story about John Travolta son Jett, hits home for me. Being sixteen myself i to watch my elder sister suffer from mild seizures due to stress. This was a tragic way to start the new year. My prayers and blessings goes out to the Travolta family.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, WA

    Nice to see Dr Gupta tonight on program…….. Thanks for information about things what happened to Jett today Dr. Gupta.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  31. adrian

    Is the pro Palestinian faction so nieve as to believe that if, for instance, Cuba started lobbing missiles at Miami, the USA would not lob a very large bomb back in return? Why is Isreal not allowed to defend itself? Hamas are terrorists. If the Palestinians don't want to deal with that fact they betyter get used to Israel dealing with it!

    January 2, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  32. Lauren- Massachusetts

    Mari- don't apologize for having little knowledge of the conflict as it is a difficult one to understand. The conflict stems from a number of things-yes religion, yes-politics...also Palestine is not happy with the borders made there. They are fighting over land and have been for centuries. It is a dispute over who was there first and who should have rights to all the land...Jerusalem in particular.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  33. gadi dekel

    sad day for john. he will need much inner strength to deal with this profound loss.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  34. chuck

    hamas is the legitimate ruling party of gaza. gaza bombs israel. hamas takes responsibility, vows destruction of israel. israel bombs hamas. aside from the sadness of the whole thing, i don't see anything wrong with this.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  35. faizan bhat

    As a regular viewer of CNN, I don’t understand why CNN is afraid of taking a stance on this issue, When the Mumbai terror attacks happened, CNN wasted no time in condemning the violence. Twice the number of people have been killed in Gaza. Where is the condemnation?

    Reporters like Ben Wedeman have repeatedly made statements like “there is nowhere else for Hamas to put military installations other than in civilian areas because of how densely populated Gaza is”. Why then are Israeli officials still allowed to bring up this nonsensical point in order to defend the heavy civilian death toll?

    Israel (and not Hamas) broke the ceasefire by bombing the “ticking tunnel” a few months ago. I still remember stories from a few months back. Hamas even wanted to renew the ceasefire on the condition that crossings and goods were opened and IDF ceases fire in Gaza. Israeli newspapers are not scared of reporting this fair and clear. Read “Delusions of victory in Gaza” by Zvi Barel (The Haaretz, dated 28/12/08).

    Now, why can’t CNN report on this fairly and justly?

    January 2, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  36. Sigrid Bergie Feliciano

    I am against the actions of Hamas, but what the Israeli government is doing, with the support of our U.S. government is not pragmatic in the larger picture of the Middle East and of the world and is obscenely immoral. You said keep it short. Some of the relevant details can be filled in by you and your viewers, I hope.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  37. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jose, Israel has accepted the premise of a divided Palestine with an Israeli and Palestinian state since 1948. It's the Arabs that want to exterminate Israel.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  38. Gwen - Benalto Canada

    Should people in Gaza spend money on missiles when they have little food or medicine? Hamas is murdering Palestinian children by Israelie retaliation against Hamas missiles. Who is supplying Hamas with weapons? Why does Hamas put Palestinians in harms way.

    All of you: Stop killing children!

    January 2, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  39. Rafael Cubas


    From Michele Obama's inerview we can reach the conclusion that a great man is made out of family, education and a good spouse.



    January 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  40. stevie

    To all of you complaining that PE Obama is too silent. He is not the President until Jan 20,2009. Read the constitution. He could be charged with treason for speaking, especially if it contradicted the current administration. And to Nasser – charge Obama with a war crime for wanting to protect his daughters and speaking out about it? Isn't that why you live in a country that allows free speach? Oh, and by the way – it would not be concidered a war crime! If you want peace – the Pal. people have to rid themselves of a terrorist organization whatever name they operate under.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  41. Maureen T

    Great to see Suzanne Malveaux, we don't see her enough! I must say that Michelle Obama is going to be a great First Lady! She's such a classy woman!

    January 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  42. Margie

    The conflict in the Middle East has continued for centuries, even during Jesus' time, there was violence in that area. Not until they (both sides) want to live peacefully, there can't be peace there. It is a losing battle all around. As Gandhi spoke: "Be the change you want to see".

    The Blago story continues to become more and more of a circus act. Burris should not accept the appointment; Blago should resign. Stop the drama already!

    January 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  43. Hakim

    The only soluation for the palestinian-Israeli conflict is to wave the the israeli occupation from the west bank and Gaza strip and allow the palestinians to have their own country as the rest of the world. i do not know how the american adminestration still insiesting to support israel blindlies, and repeating the same sintance (Israel is definding it self from Hamas) or Fateh befor)
    My question to the American adminstration who is difending the Palestionans from the israeli occupation since years and years.
    Thank You

    January 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  44. Sherrol in Canada

    The Obamas were able to weather the storm while they both persured their dreams. Good for them. It's always great when family problems can be worked out.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  45. Ziv

    the hamas need to andestend that israel not going from the land the border going to stay in the place and they need to work for pice not for war all the piopel in gaza need to know that
    israel been ther 3000 years they not going to go

    January 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  46. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Erica, I hope that you and your family have a happy and healthy New Year!

    January 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  47. Tami Cook

    I would like to add that my son is now a very healthy 11 year old

    January 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  48. Ari

    I'm really looking forward to the show this weekend about the Obama's. Michelle Obama is definitely going to have her work cut out for her trying to keep her girls' lives as normal as possible.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  49. Maayan

    Israel has every right do defend herself and never initiates any of the violence in this region. What other country in the world would allow its people to be bombed daily without retaliation? No such country exists...Hamas needs to act in the best interest of its people and not hide behind them like cowards.

    January 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  50. Bridget

    I'm looking forward to Michelle Obama's interview this weekend. Is this a new interview or a repeat of the one a couple of weeks ago?

    January 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
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