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Renewed hopes for a cease-fire in Gaza

Friday, January 16, 2009

As Israel's offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip heads into its third week, international cries for peace have intensified. The U.S., the United Nations and Egypt continue what has been described as a feverish round of telephone tag in an effort to forge a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas on the 21st day of fighting. For more on what it might take to create a lasting cease-fire between the parties, we turn to Hanan Ashwari, a Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar for her insight into the ongoing assault in Gaza.


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United Nations protests bombing of their headquarters in Gaza

Thursday, January 15, 2009

In the ongoing offensive in Gaza, Israel shelled the headquarters of the United Nations in Gaza City. While Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said it was a "grave mistake," Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed "strong protest and outrage" to Israel and is demanding an investigation. A U.N. spokesman said at least three people were wounded in the incident. We turn to BBC correspondent Bethany Bell in Jerusalem for more on this developing situation.

Watch CNN footage of the United Nations' headquarters in Gaza.

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Diplomatic efforts in Gaza move into high gear

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Diplomatic efforts to end the fighting in Gaza are in high gear. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in the region for a series of meetings urging a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Despite these calls for peace, Israel's offensive continues with fighting raging in Gaza City and reports of Israeli shelling of the U.N. headquarters in Gaza. For the latest on the troubling situation in Gaza we turn to Laura Trevelyan, the BBC's United Nations correspondent, who joins us from the bus where she is traveling with Ban Ki-Moon from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

For more, watch an Al-Jazeera report on the United Nations' warning on the plight of children in Gaza.

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon travels to the Middle East

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is calling for an immediate halt to the fighting in Gaza. He says that intense negotiations between Hamas, Israel, and the global community are needed to end the violence in Gaza. He began a week-long trip to the region to promote his plans for peace after nineteen days of violence in Gaza where an Israeli campaign to end Hamas rocket fire has killed over 900 Palestinians. The Secretary General started his trip in Egypt and we are joined by the BBC's Magdi Abdelhadi in Cairo.

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Tough times for Diplomacy: A talk with Israeli Ambassador Daniel Carmon

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

As the crisis in Gaza continues, the world seeks diplomatic solutions for a decades old conflict. As Israel intensifies its hunt for Hamas, the international community pleas for peace, and protests have erupted around the world. And with a certain inauguration happening next week, it is a tough time to be an Israeli diplomat. Ambassador Daniel Carmon is the Deputy Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations he joins us this morning for his take on Gaza.

The United Nations has called for a cease-fire in Gaza.

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The United Nations send the big guns to the Middle East

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Israel's offensive in Gaza has waged for over two weeks, despite pleas for peace from the international community. Israeli troops are now doing battle inside neighborhoods just east and west of Gaza City, while the Israeli navy shells from the west. There are also reports of face-to-face combat with Hamas militants. Today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon heads to the Middle East to try and enforce the cease-fire resolution passed by the United Nations earlier this week. For the latest on the developments in the Middle East we turn to the BBC's Tim Franks.

Editor's note: If you didn't hear the correction on the air, about half of the more than 900 Palestinians killed in the Gaza fighting have been civilians. We earlier incorrectly stated all were civilians.

Watch Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's press conference on Gaza.

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United Nations resolution for peace in Gaza may be 'unworkable'

Friday, January 09, 2009

Despite a United Nations resolution calling for a cease-fire, Israel's government just announced that it will press ahead with its offensive into Gaza. Hamas is equally unimpressed with the U.N.'s vote because it did meet their demands and they were not consulted. Mike Lanchin, the BBC's Jerusalem Correspondent, joins us for analysis.

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Hope for a cease-fire ends in mortar fire

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Hours before a cease-fire proposal was ratcheted together by Egypt and France, Israel launched its single deadliest attack in Gaza. The mortar fire hit a school run by the United Nations. At least 30 Palestinians, who were seeking refuge in the school, were killed. Israel claims the targeting was in response to rocket fire from within the school. Needless to say, the U.N. is ticked off. Joining us with details is the New York Times' Isabel Kershner on her way to Gaza.

For more, read Isabel Kershner's article Israel Halts Attack Briefly to Allow Aid Into Gaza in today's New York Times.

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Israel ticks off the foreign press by denying access to Gaza

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

As the Israeli ground offensive continues in Gaza, the international foreign press is waging a war of their own. Ethan Bronner, the Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the New York Times, and a pool of foreign press reporters have been consistently denied access to Gaza by the Israeli troops guarding the border. The reporters finally went to the Israeli Supreme Court for the rights to report from Gaza and the Supreme Court agreed that Israel must grant access to the foreign press corps. Yet each day the pool of reporters heads to the border to try and gain access and each day they are turned away. Ethan Bronner joins us now.

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