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Palestinian politician says talks cannot relinquish people’s rights

July 23rd, 2013
05:02 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Israel and the Palestinians need “to move fast with genuine commitment, not with P.R. statements,” a top Palestinian politician told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

The possibility of direct negotiations now looks more real than it has in years, thanks to the old-fashioned shuttle diplomacy of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Hanan Ashrawi, a long-time Palestinian peace negotiator and a senior member of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization), told Amanpour that they were awaiting an invitation from Kerry.
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Israel: Negotiations not a favor to U.S.

July 22nd, 2013
04:24 PM ET

By Mick Krever and Claire Calzonetti, CNN

Israel’s decision to agree to preliminary talks with the Palestinians are not because of outside pressure but rather because of the country’s own interest, the Israel's top point person for the talks, Tzipi Livni, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“It’s not a favor to the Palestinians, not to the E.U., and not even to the President of the United States,” Livni, who is also Justice Minister, told Amanpour from Jerusalem. “It is the interest of Israel.”

Livni said that she hoped to meet with the Palestinians in the next few days, and lay the groundwork for direct negotiations between the highest levels of government among the Israelis and Palestinians.

“I support deeply not only the idea of negotiations,” Livni said, “but the idea of the need to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.”
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Six Israeli security chiefs stun the world

May 6th, 2013
10:41 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

Six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secretive internal security service, have spoken out as a group for the first time and are making stunning revelations.

The men who were responsible for keeping Israel safe from terrorists now say they are afraid for Israel’s future as a democratic and Jewish state.

Israeli film director Dror Moreh managed to get them all to sit down for his new documentary: “The Gatekeepers.” It is the story of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories, as told by the people at the crossroads of some of the most crucial moments in the security history of the country.

“If there is someone who understands the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it’s those guys,” the director told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. ((CLICK HERE TO READ FULL POST))


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Syrian opposition PM: Arm us, not the extremists

May 6th, 2013
06:20 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

If the West doesn’t arm the Free Syrian Army, extremist groups will take hold of the war-torn country. That’s the assessment of Syrian opposition leader Ghassan Hitto, who in past weeks, went from being a Texas-based I.T. executive to prime minister of the Syrian National Coalition, Syria’s government in exile.

“Do we wait until thousands and thousands more of Hezbollah fighters continue to pour into Syria? Do we wait for more Iranian soldiers and Iranian influence in the region?” Hitto said to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

Hitto is a Syrian-American who's just been appointed the first interim prime minister of the Syrian opposition. He has temporary headquarters in Istanbul, but told Amanpour he'll soon name his government and move into Syria.
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Filed under:  Israel • Latest Episode • Syria

Rare interview with former head of the Israeli military

April 30th, 2013
07:06 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

Doing nothing about alleged chemical weapons use is the wrong message to send to Syria’s leader, General Gabi Ashkenazi told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exuclsive interview that aired Tuesday.

“Lethal assistance,” is one of the options the West could consider, Ashkenazi suggested. “Weapons, in order to help them to topple Assad, to take him down. [And] maybe impose a no-fly zone in, at least, part of Syria.”

Ashkenazi led the Israel Defense Forces during four crucial years from 2007 to 2011 and granted Amanpour a rare interview – his first-ever on-camera outside of Israel.

That country has been keeping a keen eye on what's happening in neighboring Syria, though Ashkenazi said that if President Assad falls it would present a “mixed picture for” the Jewish state.  FULL POST


Filed under:  Israel • Latest Episode

Hip-hop group raps about being Arab in Israel

April 27th, 2013
01:53 PM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour talks to hip-hop group DAM and author Robin Wright about hip-hop in the Arab world.


Filed under:  Israel • Latest Episode • Palestinian territories

Is America helping or hindering peace in the Middle East?

March 29th, 2013
12:40 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are completely stalled.

Parties from both sides have called for America to renew its efforts, but one person is not.

Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi argues that America's role in that peace process is actually hindering the situation, not helping it, in his new book called "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East.

Khalidi believes that a trip like the one President Barack Obama just made to the region has more do with the U.S. relationship with Israel than it does with the Palestinians.

In his book, Khalidi goes as far to argue that the U.S. is largely complicit, whether deliberately or not, in the reality that there's been no peace between these two places.   FULL POST


Filed under:  Israel • Latest Episode • Palestinian territories

Obama in Israel: Symbolism or substance?

March 21st, 2013
07:28 AM ET

Former Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon discusses the importance of Obama's trip to Israel with CNN's Hala Gorani.


Filed under:  Israel • Latest Episode

Israeli sentiment toward President Obama

March 20th, 2013
05:41 PM ET

Israel's top investigative reporter, Ilana Dayan, and American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg examine Israeli citizens' feeling toward President Obama.


Filed under:  Israel • Latest Episode

Home videos turn into Oscar-nominated documentary

February 19th, 2013
12:53 PM ET

By Meredith Milstein & Samuel Burke, CNN

When a Palestinian farmer named Emad Burnat bought a home video camera to record the birth of his youngest son, he didn't realize he would end up capturing the birth of a movement.

Burnat became the unofficial cameraman for his village of Bil'in in the occupied West Bank, and documented five years of local resistance against the encroaching Israeli settlements and the separation wall snaking through his and his neighbors' lands.

The home movies have now been transformed into the Oscar-nominated documentary, "5 Broken Cameras."  FULL POST


Filed under:  Israel • Palestinian territories
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