January 5th, 2009
08:30 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Gaza City on Edge

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/01/05/israel.gaza/art.alzahar.hamas.afp.gi.jpg caption="Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar says rocket attacks on Israel will continue."]Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The Israeli military has surrounded Gaza City. The city of about 1.5 million residents, about the same population as Philadelphia, is on edge as both sides show no signs of backing down.

Today Israel conducted 40 airstrikes in the Palestinian territory. Hamas isn't flitching. It has fired at least 40 of its own rockets into southern Israel.

While the battle rages the death toll soars. Palestinian sources say more than 500 people have been killed, including many women and children. Israel reports dozens of Hamas fighters dead or captured and at least one Israeli soldier fatality.

Anderson will be reporting tonight from near the Israel-Gaza border. READ HIS BLOG HERE   Thousands of Israeli troops have pushed deep into Gaza, essentially splitting the territory into two – the north and the south.

Anderson will have the latest developments from the region and he'll be talking with a Palestinian civilian in Gaza City. What are the Israeli tanks doing in his city? Does he feel it's safe to stay or should he go?

Both Israel and Hamas face increasing pressure for an immediate cease-fire. Foreign ministers from several Arab nations are in New York – on the eve of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' address to the U.N. Security Council – to work up a draft resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza.

Meanwhile, President Bush is defending Israel's actions. Mr. Bush, who leaves office two weeks from tomorrow, said the situation was "caused by Hamas." He said "any cease-fire must have the conditions in it so that Hamas does not use Gaza as a place from which to launch rockets."

What do you think it will take for the fighting to stop? Is a cease-fire possible?

Join us for the latest details starting at 10pm ET.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Jan J (Vancouver Canada)

    I understand that many Palenstians work peacefuly in Isreal every day.
    Hamas does not want peaceful solutions with Isreal. What options does Isreal have?

    January 6, 2009 at 12:01 am |
  2. Jim,

    If your a terrorist & fire at me & then want to negotiate-You negotiate with a Terrorist by dropping a bomb on his head or a bullet right between his or her eyes. – End of negotiation. You shoot at me You had better take me out totally on your FIRST shot because if I return fire I Do Not Miss.

    January 5, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  3. Ash

    Dear Lisa- If some one stole something you owned and gave it to someone else, would you want part of it back or all of it back? Lets quit the labels and talk logic.

    Putting yourself in the opposite party's shoes can provide many insights.

    January 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  4. jim Fallbrook

    You can't have a cease fire. If there was, Hamas will use it to regroup and make more rockets to fire into Israel. Muslims never wind up honoring any cease fire agreement. Trying to negotiate with muslims is like talking to a brick wall. They are terrorists. When they are not killing infidels, thet are killing their muslim brothers.

    January 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  5. DH, Chicago

    its funny but you people don't seem to realize that our view of the truth is obscure. what you are basically saying is that someone who is opressed, such as the palestinians, and someone whose land get unjustly occupied, should just give in without a fight. your calling these people terrorists but you don't seem to understand their situation- and you will never understand it until you have been in their shoes. i have been to palestine and i have seen things that you probably never imagined you would see in your lifetime. people are struggling to just live until the next day. these people are trying to protect their honor and their land, to raise a generation of children. you say that your children need better? how about theirs? there children can't sleep at night because the rockets shooting overhead make it impossibe. these people know how it feels to be terrorized more than any of us, they live in fear that their father- their caregiver-will be killed in the next bombing. they have been in a seige for more than 2 years, imagine if you lived like that. we complain about how are economy is declining but you don't seem to realize that we have it better than a lot of people in the world. so next you want to characterize someone as a terrorist, make sure that you have seen it first hand, or been a direct victim of their "terrorism".

    January 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  6. Heather,ca

    All I can say as a Jew is I support any countrts right to exist and defend itself from rocket attacks. Hamas is a terrorist organization. Yes they were elected in Democratic elections. But so was Hitler and look how that turned out. Arafat stole millions of dollars and funneled it out of the country while the people he was fighting for lived in poverty. He blamed it on Israel. Hamas used the tactic of providing social programs that these people needed and there by winning the influence in the elections they had. Abbas's party Fatah cant even control Hamas. They were fighting each other not to long ago. They were right in Egypt recently when they said it was the
    Palestinians fault for all of this. I just find it amazing that when Hamas fires rockets at Israel no one says anything. No protests etc. But when Isreal says enough is enough and defends itself everybody is angry. I guess Anti-Semitism is alive and well.

    January 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  7. Lisa Benson

    How do you NEGOTIATE with a terrorist? They are not interested in a two-state solution; they want all non-Muslims, Infidals (their words) eradicated from the face of the earth. Our children, their children deserve better than this.

    January 5, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  8. Annie Kate

    Including the condition that "any cease-fire must have the conditions in it so that Hamas does not use Gaza as a place from which to launch rockets." as suggested by President Bush seems to me an absolute necessity if we do not want a repeat of this situation again. It also protects the Gaza population from being put squarely in the middle of a Hamas offensive against Israel.

    January 5, 2009 at 8:54 pm |