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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Ceasefire agreed in Gaza but will the calm hold?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ceasefire agreed in Gaza but will the calm hold?

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The Takeaway

Israel and Hamas Agree to Cease-Fire

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Israel and Hamas reached a cease-fire agreement that took effect at 9 p.m. local time (2p.m. Eastern). Both Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr formally announced the deal after negotiations took place in Cairo. The conflict has been escalating for the last week, with news of overnight air strikes on Gaza and a bus bombing in Tel Aviv earlier today preceding the announcement. Daniel Kurtzer, a former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt, explains the significance of the cease-fire.

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The Takeaway

Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister on the Situation in Gaza

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon joins The Takeaway from the BBC's offices in Washington D.C. to share his perspective. He's also the former Israeli Ambassador to the United States.

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WNYC News

Clinton Presses On With Israel-Hamas Truce Efforts

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The U.S. secretary of state continued Wednesday with efforts to wring an elusive truce deal from Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers, after earlier attempts to end more than a week of fighting broke down amid a furious spasm of violence.

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Local Israelis, Palestinians See Slim Chance at Peace as Leaders Work for Truce

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Palestinians and Israelis in the New York area are keeping a close eye on the unfolding events in the Middle East.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Update on Gaza

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, WNYC contributor and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, provides an update on the growing Gaza conflict, and frames the situation in terms of the president's overall stance on Middle Eastern foreign policy.

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WNYC News

Obama Sends Clinton To Mideast Amid Gaza Crisis

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

President Barack Obama dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East on Tuesday as the U.S. urgently seeks to contain the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

On The Edge

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

As the situation in Gaza escalates, The New York Times' David Sanger explains how the conflict fits into President Obama's overall Middle Eastern policy approach. Plus: Kathryn Wylde of the Partnership for New York City on the fiscal cliff and New York; what a second Obama term holds for policy towards Asia; and the new vocabulary to come out of the election.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | November 20, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Middle East Peace: Past, Present, and Future | Child Poverty on the Rise in the United States | Black Characters (or the Lack Thereof) in 'Lincoln' | Why the G.O.P Should Go Over the Fiscal Cliff | Why Obama Should Go Over the Fiscal Cliff

The Takeaway

Palestinian-Americans Experience Unrest in their Homes from Afar

Monday, November 19, 2012

The death toll from fighting between Israel and Hamas continues to rise. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry and our partner The New York Times, the death toll in Palestine death toll had reached 91 as of Monday. Three Israelis have been killed since the beginning of the conflict. Lena Ibrahim is a first generation Palestinian-American and activist.

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The Takeaway

Hamas in the Gaza Strip

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hostilities in the Middle East escalated over the weekend as rockets targeting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were launched by the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza. Rashid Khalidi, professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University, discusses the structure of Hamas and their economic, social, and political role in Gaza.

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The Takeaway

Air Raid Sirens Sound in Tel Aviv

Friday, November 16, 2012

A crisis is unfolding in the Middle East, and as expected Israel mounted a huge assault overnight and Gaza militants continued to launch rockets. A key development: the sound of air-raid sirens and explosions heard in Tel Aviv. Natan Sachs, who researches Israeli foreign and domestic policy at the Brookings Institute in D.C., explains what's going on.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gaza Conflict Latest

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dan Murphy, long-time Middle East reporter and "Backchannels" blogger for the Christian Science Monitor, discusses the latest developments in the conflict between Gaza and Israel.

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On The Media

The IDF's Twitter Offensive

Friday, November 16, 2012

As the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fired missles into Gaza this week, they did something unprecedented in military history: they tweeted about it. As the fighting unfolded, the IDF carried out a real-time social media campaign, posting justifications, combat videos, and propaganda posters to Twitter and to a dedicated live blog. Bob talks to Noah Shachtman, editor of Wired.com's Danger Room blog, who tries to explain the IDF's logic and put their media offensive in perspective.

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The Takeaway

Tensions Escalate after Israeli Air Strikes Kill Hamas Military Leader

Thursday, November 15, 2012

On Wednesday, in response to rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Israel launched a series of air strikes that killed Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari, and, according to health officials in Gaza, nine others. Isabel Kershner, reporter for Takeaway partner The New York Times, reports from the Israel-Gaza border. Aaron David Miller, distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, discusses the current conflict and Israel's position in the evolving Middle East.

“The wanton aggression against Gaza proves that Israel has yet to realize that Egypt has changed and that the Egyptian people who revolted against oppression will not accept assaulting Gaza.”

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Ralph Bunche Announces Landmark 1949 Arab-Israeli General Armistice Agreement

Friday, August 10, 2012

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In the early hours of February 24, 1949, on the Greek island of Rhodes, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche emerged from the Egyptian-Israeli talks to announce the signing of a General Armistice Agreement.

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Ethan Bronner Reflects on the Changing Middle East

Monday, May 07, 2012

Ethan Bronner is a correspondent for our partner The New York Times. He recently announced that he would transition from his role as the paper's Jerusalem Bureau Chief to become a national legal correspondent in New York. The Middle East has changed radically since Bronner accepted the Bureau Chief position in early 2008. Perhaps most visible are the results of the Arab Spring uprisings throughout the region. Bronner reflects on the immense changes in the Middle East since he started reporting there four years ago.

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A Palestinian Reaction to the Hamas-Israel Prisoner Swap

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sgt. Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been imprisoned by Hamas since 2006, was released on Tuesday in Egypt as part of a prisoner trade between Israel and Hamas. In exchange for Shalit's release, Israel freed 477 Palestinian prisoners, the first group of what will be more than 1,000. The deal is seen as a major political victory for Hamas, which Israel considers to be a terrorist organization. "I very much hope that this deal will advance peace," Shalit told Egyptian television before he was released. Many Israelis support the swap, but Arnold Roth, who was on The Takeaway yesterday, does not. Roth lost his daughter in 2001 to a Palestinian suicide bomber. The woman who drove that bomber is one of the 477 set to be released today.

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The Takeaway

Tensions Between Egypt and Israel Show Emerging Dynamic

Monday, August 22, 2011

Peace between Israel and Egypt was threatened late last week after a cross-border terrorist attack between the two countries prompted Israeli defense forces to fire at Egypt, killing three Egyptian officers. The killings spurred a diplomatic crisis. Egypt announced that it would recall its ambassador from Tel Aviv, Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak broke the Sabbath to issue a rare statement of regret for the deaths, and thousands of Egyptians protested outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo. The crisis is the sharpest signal yet that the amicable relationship between Israel and Egypt has changed.

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The Takeaway

Israeli Attacks Escalate Tension With Egypt, Gaza

Friday, August 19, 2011

Israeli and Gazan forces exchanged fire late last night and into this morning following yesterday's attacks near Eilat that left eight Israelis dead and more than 30 wounded. The attacks yesterday were reportedly carried out by armed Gazans who crossed into Israel from Egypt and they marked the most serious assault on Israel from Egyptian terrorities in decades. And today's escalation between the two sides comes just weeks before Palestinians plan to seek a recognition of statehood by the United Nations.

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