November 20th, 2012
09:08 PM ET

Violence escalates in Mideast with no signs of cease-fire

The Israel-Gaza conflict enters its seventh day. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Jerusalem hoping to help broker a deal with Israel and Hamas.

The death toll in Gaza has reached 137 people, including children according to officials and more than 1100 have been wounded. Israeli officials report a total of 5 dead, including Israel's first soldier while more than 70 have been wounded.

OutFront tonight: CNN's senior international correspondent Sara Snider in Jerusalem and Ben Wedeman in Gaza city.

Filed under: International • Israel-Gaza conflict
November 20th, 2012
09:01 PM ET

The human cost of Israel-Gaza conflict: "Loss of civilian life unacceptable," says U.N. Secretary General

Violence continues to escalate in the Middle East crisis today as conflicting comments over a possible cease-fire or what a Hamas source told CNN of a "calming period."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the Middle East engaging in talks with Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu, leaders of Palestinian Liberation Organization, and Egyptian president Mohammed Morsy.

Is a cease-fire a realistic goal?

Both sides claim the other is targetting innocent civilians.

Maen Rashid Areikat, chief representative of the general delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United States told Erin Burnett that "the majority that are being killed in Gaza are civilians."

Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren responded to Areikat's claims on Erin Burnett OutFront.

"We are not targetting civilians," said Amb. Oren.

Who is telling the truth - who is really targetting civilians?

OutFront tonight:  Naftali Bennett, former Chief of Staff to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and  Rula Jebreal, foreign policy expect for Newsweek.

Filed under: International • Israel-Gaza conflict
November 20th, 2012
08:48 PM ET

The future of the Republican party: "We need to talk about kitchen table issues, not taxes" says Reihan Salam

With President Barack Obama winning re-election and losing seats in the House and Senate - members of the GOP continue to tackle what conservatives need to do to be victorious in the future.

New York Times columnist David Brooks writes in his latest op-ed, The Conservative Future about writers and bloggers  from the center-right weighing in on where the conservative movement should go after a lackluster election year.

Brooks cited Reihan Salam, writer for National Review and CNN contributor as a conservative writer who promotes that Republicans should hold on to social conservatism and focus on helping American families elevate their socio-economic status.

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributors Reihan Salam and Roland Martin.

Filed under: Politics
November 20th, 2012
08:35 PM ET

Clinton in Israel to Defuse Gaza Conflict: It's essential to "de-escalate" the situation

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Israel to help broker a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas. In a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Clinton reinforced America's support for Israel.

"America's commitment to Israel's security is rock-solid and unwavering," said Clinton.

Clinton also praised Egypt's president Mohammed Morsy for his role in the negotiations and noted the successes of Israel's 'Iron Dome' missile defense system.

What to call Egypt’s relationship with the U.S.

On Wednesday, Clinton will travel to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.  Then she'll fly to Egypt to speak with President Mohamed Morsy.

OutFront tonight: Fmr. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin and Nicholas Burns, fmr. U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs.


Filed under: International • Israel-Gaza conflict
November 20th, 2012
08:18 PM ET

FBI arrest U.S. terror suspects planning to engage in "violent jihad"

Four California men were charged Monday for plotting to killing American soldiers and attack government installations. The men are accused of trying to join the Taliban in Afghanistan and al Qaeda.

CNN's Kyung Lah is OutFront with new information on the case.


Filed under: Crime
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