During a press conference Wednesday, President Obama said he has "no sympathy for Hamas," while expressing his concern for the Palestinian people. Maen Areikat, the Chief P.L.O. Representative to the U.S. appeared on Erin Burnett OutFront to discuss the situation in Gaza and respond to Obama’s comments on Hamas.
There have widespread allegations that Hamas has been launching rockets from civilian-populated areas. Video released by French TV Wednesday shows just that - a rocket launcher in a residential neighborhood, with children playing around it. Burnett asked Areikat if he condemns Hamas for these actions:
“We don’t know the circumstances of this particular rocket launcher,” Areikat said, referencing the video. “If there has been incidents…in which fighters from Palestinian factions fired at Israel from civilian populated centers, I think these were isolated centers. But to portray that this was the rule and not the exception is not a fair representation of what is happening in Gaza.”
On the topic of a weakened Palestinian National Authority, Areikat challenged Obama's position:
“I don’t necessarily agree with the assessment that we’ve been weakened," he said. "To say that we must work with the Palestinian leadership is an acknowledgment that the P.L.O. leadership is genuine, sincere about seeking peace.”
Watch the above interview, and tune into Erin Burnett OutFront weeknights at 7P.
On Monday evening, CNN's Richard Roth joined "OutFront" for an in-depth look at the ongoing unrest in Gaza, and the strain it's creating between the U.S. and Israel.
A staunch supporter of Israel, the United States is feeling pressure as global criticism is aimed at Israel following military operations in Gaza. And, as the conflict continues, so too does the deterioration of the relationship between the two.
Following John Kerry’s recent trip to Israel, it was reported Israeli Intelligence had been eavesdropping on the Secretary of State's phone calls. Kerry has also been blasted by the Israeli government and media, who've referred to his diplomatic tactics as unfair.
For Roth's full report on the tense relationship between Israel and the U.S., watch the above video.
In advance of the forthcoming 72-hour cease fire, on Monday evening Erin Burnett welcomed Ron Prosor, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations.
Joining the "OutFront" host for a live interview, Prosor addressed comparisons between Israel and Hamas, saying "you're trying to equate a democracy like Israel, with a terror organization like Hamas. This is like equating the United States with Al-Qaeda."
Watch the above video as Prosor further clarifies his point by noting that Israel and Hamas represent "absolutely the good and evil."
Israel is searching Gaza for a missing soldier.
The IDF says Second Lt. Hadar Goldin was captured in a Hamas attack that broke the ceasefire.
Osama Hamdan is a Hamas spokesman who says he does not know what happened to Lt. Goldin. He then accused the missing soldier of killing civilians.
People on both sides of the Gaza border are living in constant fear.
Two girls separated by war are telling their stories on Twitter.
Paula Hancocks looks at what they are saying.