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A grand jury could decide as early as Friday whether or not to indict Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. CNN's Erin Burnett has the latest.
November 19th, 2014
09:18 PM ET

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer: Home demolitions "do serve as a deterrent"

Israel has ramped up security after two Palestinians wielding a gun and butcher knives killed five people, three of them Americans, at a synagogue.

Officials have vowed to demolish the homes of the two attackers. Officials did demolish the home of another Palestinian who killed two people last month when he drove his car into a crowd of people standing at Jerusalem train station.

The Associated Press found the attacker's grandmother sitting in the rubble today. She told them she was proud of her grandson's actions, saying "no one should feel sorry for us, for our demolished home."

OutFront, Israel's Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer.


Filed under: International • Iran • Israel • News
November 18th, 2014
09:48 PM ET

Fifth victim dies in Israel terror attack

It was one of the worst terror attacks in Israel in recent years.

Two Palestinian men, wielding butcher knives and a gun, attacked and killed four men as they prayed at morning services in a Jerusalem synagogue. Several others were wounded.

Three American rabbis with dual citizenship are among the dead. A fourth rabbi, a British-Israeli man, was also killed, along with a policeman who responded to the attack.

Police killed the attackers.

Dore Gold is a Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He is also a Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N.


Filed under: International • Israel • News • Terror Attack • Terrorism
November 10th, 2014
10:22 PM ET

State Department: Iran nuclear talks are not about trust

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a dire warning to the United States Monday, saying Iran's "terrorist" regime must not be allowed to get a nuclear bomb.

"I call on the P5+1 countries - don't rush into a deal that would let Iran rush to the bomb," Netanyahu said in a statement.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry just ended two days of talks over Iran's nuclear program with the country's foreign minister.

State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki is OutFront.


Filed under: International • Iran • Israel
August 28th, 2014
08:45 PM ET

Lawmaker: We have to execute a smart strategy to defeat ISIS

(CNN) - It's too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

"I don't want to put the cart before the horse," Obama told reporters during a White House news briefing. "We don't have a strategy yet."

Obama said he's asked America's top defense officials to prepare "a range of options" about what the United States could do to go after ISIS in Syria, which he described as "a safe haven" for the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.

The President's remarks follow days of speculation about whether the United States had a plan to go after ISIS in Syria.

"We need to make sure that we've got clear plans, that we're developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard," Obama said. "But there's no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done."

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Filed under: Iraq • ISIS • Israel • Syria
August 6th, 2014
09:20 PM ET

"We are ready, willing and able" – Maen Areikat on Palestinian Authority's desire to make peace in the Middle East

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.

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