November 21st, 2012
07:20 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Anderson Cooper reports on cease-fire between Israel and Hamas

Tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET, Anderson Cooper reports from Israel on the fatal conflict in the Middle East, and the efforts to end the violence.

At 2 p.m. ET today a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel was put into effect. The agreement was announced in Cairo by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr hours after a bomb exploded on a Tel Aviv bus, injuring 24 people, police say.

Both sides traded rocket fire during the day, resulting in a total of 142 deaths in Gaza since the conflict began eight days ago, according to Hamas. In Israel, five people have been killed. In Gaza and Israel, houses were destroyed and panic and trauma was widespread. An estimated 1,456 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, and Israel fired at more than 1,450 targets in Gaza.

The history of distrust, religious differences, political ties, and divided factions in both Israel and Gaza make for challenging negotiations and what former Senator George Mitchell calls "the most complicated situation imaginable." Mitchell, President Obama's former Special Envoy to the Middle East, will be on with Anderson tonight to share his experiences trying to achieve peace in the past, and what the new compromise means. Watch a preview of that conversation above.

Ben Wedeman and Arwa Damon report from Gaza City where celebrations were heard in the streets tonight. Christiane Amanpour discusses her interview with a Hamas leader in Cairo about the first terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in six years. Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren will be on 360, and IDF spokeswoman Avital Leibovich joins us as well to discuss the deadly exchanges. Anderson will also get insight from Fareed Zakaria and Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Will the cease-fire last? Let us know what you think and tweet your thoughts to @AndersonCooper.

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  1. nicky from vancouver

    Israelis and Palestinians are equally responsible for the deaths and destruction plaguing that country. History has shown that oppression leads to violence. Perhaps it should be the Israelis who should extend the olive branch. To qoute President Reagan "MR. NETANYHU BRING DOWN THIS WALL".

    November 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  2. Richard A

    I like to thank Congressmen Carpet of Delaware and his assistant for playing a direct role in unifying democrats and republicans and the secretary of state after a conversation with his assistant for getting Russia,China, Turkey,India,European Union,Egypt and,the United Nations to form this historical treaty.The Congress realizes for a World economics to move forward,The middle east must have a lasting peace.The team at fast4wrd called CNN and The Congressmen office and Anderson coopers comment line to give a suggestion.The blueprint actually came from Ireland's commitment to peace,The Irish economy proves it is withstanding better due to its reconirion religion is always respected but government and economics must move forward as so in the middle east to base it floor plan off of. The president of Israel said it himself it is in everyone's best interest to form peace and to show this is what should be shown to the world first and foremost. In plain words its better to listen agree to disagree but all our futures and our children's futures on both sides matter for a brighter and prosperious middleast. We like to show no matter what side of the border you live on its important to work together, respect each others customs, beliefs, but grow economically.The money on weapons can't ever harness two of the oldest cultures or replace the children's brighter futures. by the ground breaking agreements today we at fast4wrd know the leaders here in America by hearing all Americans want peace and all the leaders around the world too finaly are working on behalf of all the people around the world to accomplish that.

    November 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm |