July 30th, 2014
09:47 PM ET

'The world has to wake up, the United States has to wake up'

On Wednesday evening, Erin Burnett welcomed Maen Areikat, asking the Chief P.L.O. Representative to the U.S. for his assessment of the ongoing unrest between Israel and Hamas.

Thus far, it seems Israel will not back down as long as rockets continue to be launched in its direction. So, Burnett asks her guest, “what is being done to stop Hamas from firing more rockets?”

According to Areikat, “Israel has a habit of lying,” and “the world has to wake up.”

He goes on to state that the U.N. has proof that the shells recently fired at a U.N. school were Israeli.

Erin asks if Hamas should be blamed for incidents like these due to their use of civilian structures for weapon storage. While Areikat agrees that this is a violation of U.N. sanctity, he finds Israel’s action inexcusable, and furthermore condemns America's loyalty to Israel in the crisis:

“It is shameful that the United States is resupplying ammunition to a country that is committing right now war crimes.”

Watch the above video for the full interview between Areikat and Burnett.

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July 29th, 2014
09:45 PM ET

Hamas rejects new truce, fighting rages on

Gaza (CNN) - Hamas and Israel blamed one another Tuesday for the lack of a cease-fire in a conflict that has left more than 1,200 people dead, raising questions about just what it will take to end the fighting in Gaza.

International efforts to broker a deal to end the violence failed again, with Hamas rejecting a cease-fire proposal put forward by the Palestinian Authority that called for a 24-hour truce that could be extended to 72 hours. Hamas maintains that any deal must include an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said any truce must allow for its protection against tunnels used by Palestinian militants in Gaza to make their way into Israel.

"Hamas is responsible for all deaths on their side and on our side because they are the ones who kept this conflict going," Mark Regev, a spokesman for Netanyahu, told CNN.


July 28th, 2014
09:11 PM ET

Explosions, gunfire erupt in Gaza

The fighting between Israel and Hamas is raging on with explosions and intense new fighting in Gaza City.

Gaza says children among dead after refugee camp struck

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing for the long-haul telling his citizens to be prepared for a "protracted campaign in Gaza."

Israel says five of its soldiers were killed today, while officials in Gaza say 10 Palestinians, eight of them children, were killed by an explosion at a refugee camp.

Karl Penhaul is in Gaza City with the latest.

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July 25th, 2014
09:42 PM ET

Has Israel-Gaza coverage been fair?

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Ron Dermer, Israel's Ambassador to the U.S., expressed his dissatisfaction with CNN's coverage of the shelling of a U.N. shelter in Gaza, where 16 people were killed and more than 200 injured.

Dermer accused the network of omitting reports that Hamas was hiding rockets in schools. Watch the video for the full interview:

We asked the Ambassador to come back on our program to discuss his comments. But, he was not able to appear on the show. OutFront, in Tel Aviv is the former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren. He's also a CNN Mideast analyst. CNN's Karl Penhaul from Gaza City and Paula Hancocks, she's covered the middle east for CNN for 7 years.

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July 24th, 2014
09:14 PM ET

Israeli Amb. blames Hamas for shelling of U.N. shelter in Gaza

At least 16 people have been killed and more than 200 injured after explosions hit a school serving as a U.N. shelter for families escaping the ongoing violence.

U.N. shelter in Gaza hit, 16 dead

It was a place that was supposed to be a safe zone for women and children, but images from the scene of the attack show pools of blood.

It's still unclear who is responsible. The Israeli military says it's investigating and suggests a Hamas rocket could be to blame, while Palestinians call the strike "brutal aggression" from Israel.

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Israel's Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer tells her why Hamas is to blame for the attack on the U.N. shelter.

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