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November 16th, 2012
08:19 PM ET

Michael Oren on a possible ground invasion in Gaza: "We're certainly keeping that option open"

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren joins Piers Morgan tonight to discuss the recent unrest in Israel and Gaza.

During the interview, Morgan directly asks Oren if a ground invasion is on the horizon. "We're certainly keeping that option open," replies the ambassador. "Yes, there is a call up of reserves. We do not want to escalate, we do not want to have ground action but we'll take whatever measures are necessary to defend our citizens."

Watch the clip and tune in tonight at 9 as Oren explains why, when it comes to the current violence in the region, "you've gotta blame the government of Gaza."
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  1. Celine Holloway

    Once again, tonight Piers Morgan has shown his ignorance of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is unaware of the Palestinian historical fairy tale!

    November 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ray Hing

      I agree with you!

      November 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chagrined

      Hitler offered six million Jews to any country that would take them – none obliged. Europeans killed Jews and were responsible for the Holocaust, not the Palestinians! European Jewish refugees went to Palestine, took homes and land that belong to the Palestinians making the Palestinians refugees. Jews are to the Palestinians what Hitler was to them? Are Jews any less evil? Jews owned 7% of Palestine at this time. The oppressed have now become the oppressor!

      November 17, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • pegasus

        Chagrined may want to check up on some facts – such as the Balfour Declaration – before leaping to such a biased conclusion. But the media is no help since they no longer bother to gather facts either....it's all opinion based on an individual's unique and often slanted viewpoint. Well IMHOI think it is amazing how outraged the media & world community become when Israeli rockets are aimed at Gaza and the Palestinian women & children yet how disinterested they are that Hamas has been doing the very same thing to Israeli citizens for years. But what is truly appalling is Nicholas Kristof’s implication that it is somehow more acceptable for Israel to be attacked by Hamas – all the while using the Palestinian citizens of Gaza as shields against retaliation – since not that many Israelis have been killed so far. Exactly how many Israeli deaths does he imagine will be required in order for Israel to be justified to return fire in order to defend their very existence? In the spirit of fairness atrocities have been committed on both sides of this conflict and no one is blameless or without blood on their hands. Only reasonable, intelligent, tolerant and moderate representatives of each group can resolve it. It will require an enormous amount of forgiveness. And given the inevitability that a nuclear weapon will soon be in play it’s crucial that we stop the pandering to extremists (think Benghazi) and perceived victims of this centuries-old feud.

        We no longer have the luxury of time to work out our differences the old-fashioned way and duke it out until the last man is left standing. We been recently reminded yet again that nature's destructive ferocity never discriminates. We do..... and for no other reason than its part of our history. Sadly we are taught to hate. If we even hope to have a future we will need to relinquish the past with all of its baggage. Otherwise we're doomed to reliving a more technologically- superior but just as deadly version of mutually assured destruction.

        November 17, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Thinker23

        Chagrined... No one blames the Palestinians or the Arabs in general for the Holocaust. All their problems are the direct result of their own stupidity, racism and inability to live in peace with others. Further, the discussion about "land that belongs to Palestinians" always ends with the question "WHAT makes the land of Palestine the exclusive property of the Arabs?" Still further, while in 1947 the Jews owned about 8% of the land in Palestine the Arabs owned 12%. There remaining 80% WERE NOT PRIVATELY OWNED and, therefore, there is no reason whatsoever to claim that these 80% somehow were "Arab lands".

        November 17, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Kay

        When will you Piers invite Norman Finkelstin and Norman Chomsky to show? We need to hear what other Jewish people have to say about the occupation and oppression of innocent people in Gaza.

        http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/

        November 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lynn Marie

        Shame, shame on Piers Morgan and his predjudiced line of questioning. He did not present an objective interview or investigation at all. He was totally biased from the start. Everyone in Gaza chose to live there. If they are poor, that is their choice. Israel has already been bending over backward to be generous to them in spite of their violence. Israel accepts the Gaza wounded into their hospitals to heal them for Pete's sake!!!!!They are still allowing aid in. We all know that Muslims would never allow that if the tables were turned.
        Why doesn't Piers chose the platform to educate his audience with the truth? For instance:
        After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, there were only about 700,000 Muslims in Palestine. They were offered full citizenship and given representation in the re-established Israeli Nation. If they did not chose citizenship they were free to leave and were supposed to be given full citizenship in Jordan and other neighboring countries, some of which also had their birth due to the Balfore Proclamation. Many Muslims chose citizenship, lived and worked peacefully with all of their countrymen. Some chose to leave,to establish themselves in other countries, some were granted citizenship in those other countries but as in many cases the neighborig countries went against their word and denied these Muslims their due citizenship. Some chose to live with hatred and resentment and stayed causing violence and teaching violence to their next generations. The original Palestinians would all be over 60. By international refugee status quidelines they are the only one who should be counted even though they were completely free to leave or offered full citizenship & government representation if they chose to live peacefully & lawfully within Israel. But for some really bad reason the "Palestinian Authority" was invented to advocate for the Palestinians that chose to live within a country but refused to live within the guidelines enough to be full citizens and declared (stupidly) that these "refugees" would include the original dissenters, their children, grandchildren and all new generations in those family lines, creating refugee status for people who were not even their at the time. Not to mention the millions of Muslims who have immigrated into Israel since, to acquire employment within the now prosperous Israel. Some of these Muslims and their children are now also being included in this refugee group and they are from other nations originally. There is no end to the madness of keeping these people in a refugee status. The blame for this in reality falls upon the original Palestinians, their progeny, Jordan, oher surrounding countries and the "Palestinian Authority" and the United Nations that created it. Why is there anyone still considered a refugee in Israel when if they chose they would have full citizenship, but they chose not. Israel keeps giving more and more of its land away for peace but the thanks they get is broken promises from the Muslim world and bombing raids such as the ones that have rained down on them for the past few months.
        They have the right to defend their citizens of all religions, including their Muslim citizens.

        November 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lynn

        Dear Chagrined,
        Who could take in 6 million at once of any population even if Hitler did actually make a real offer like that? That is another ridiculous statement. During the time that you are speaking of Palestinians privately owned only 12% of the land considered Palestine that was once part of the Ottoman Empire, then part of the British Empire. The land in question has changed hands many, many times. Probably more than anywhere else. It was hardly developed at all. The re-established Nation of Israel did not create any "refugees". Any persons already living in the land were offered full citizenship with all benefits if they wished or were supposed to be granted citizenship in the newly established Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan went back on their word, encouraged and participated in the Arab war against Israel at the time. Many of the Palestinians at the time, chose to live peacefully as citizens of Israel, have enjoyed full lives there with well paying employment, much improved education, much better living conditions and healthcare than they ever had before the Nation of Israel was re-established. The Palestinians who did not chose citizenship but chose violence, of course were kept out of mainstream Israel in order to protect the safety of all of the law abiding citizens. Of those dissedents, later erroneously termed "refugees" there were much fewer and all of them would now be over 65 or so years old. It was the newly established "Palestinian Authority" a group set up by the United Nations supposedly to help the Palestinians immigrate into other countries and move on with their lives that is also at fault here as they somehow have established the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the original dissenters as also refugees. And now there are at least 10 times the amount of people considered "refugees" that had nothing to do with the original issue. This issue is not the fault of Israel who gave the choice to the original dissenters full citizenship with all benefits. It was the stubborness, prejudice and hatred of the original dissenters that have caused this issue to start and perpetuate. Further blame goes to Jordan for going back on international agreements in which they were established, by the way. And still further is the Palestinian Authority whose purpose has been twisted beyond recognition. None of these people have done the current "refugees" any favors.

        November 25, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Tod Zuckerman

      Spot on. Morgan cops the standard Euro moral equivalency whenver it comes to Israel. " Desperate, oppressed people do desperate things" and " you are killing womem and children." Hey, Morgan, put on sock in it ! Folks like Morgan cannot get it through their skulls that Hamas ( and Fatah, too) is a Hitler admiring, Jew despising organization that will settle for nothing less than Israel's liquidation. Oh, by the way, Morgan cannot seem to concede that NO COUNTRY in history has tried more to limit civilian casualties than Israel – almost 1000 sorties in one the most densely populated area on earth, and the civilian casualties have been incredibly low ! Does that jerk Morgan think this is an accident ?

      November 18, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jani Su ke

        "If London was occupied" can be seen on YouTube

        http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=kv57rJ2cEVA&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dkv57rJ2cEVA

        We will never know how it feels to be occupied until our land, home and people are being controlled
        by armies greater than our self. Why did the Europeans not want the Jewish people? Maybe Florida or
        a part of England or France could have been given to them. After all we get along great with Jewish people.

        November 18, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Free people

        I am part Jewish and I feel ashamed of how the truth is bought by the media. How governments and leaders are bought once again. Get your facts right.

        November 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gigi

      To understand the Israeli war with the Arabs that's draining our economy.
      A great book for every one to read by Norman Finkelstin. Knowing too much

      Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel is Coming to an End

      November 18, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Ray Hing

    Next time you have someone from Israeli government in your show, you should ask him/her why Gaza is under siege by Israeli government. My understanding is that no one can come in and out of Gaza without the approval of Israeli government?
    If this is true, it is just like 1.5 million Palestinian being jailed. If this happens to you how do you feel?

    November 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • simhoni cohen

      there are people that go in and out of gaza to israel with spacial permits. people with spacial medical needs get it in israel.
      food and medicine go in to gaza – workers used to travel to job site in israel until Hamas took over and made decision to have israel destroyed. Hundreds of millions of dollars every year for the last 40 years went to finance terror and support corrupt life style of the palestinian leaders in place of infrastructure / education / medical / and social needs of the people.
      Also don't forget that the other side of the border is closed by their best brothers the Egyptians who can ease the palestinians misery. THE PROBLEM IS THEY HATE THE PALESTINIANS LIKE THE REST OF THE ARAB WORLD.

      November 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thinker23

      I can easily answer your questions, Ray Hing. Blockade and sieges are normal and legal on this planet during a war. Palestinians declared a war on Israel and are enjoying its fruits. Further, on this planet ANY country has the right to control its own borders at ANY time, especially during a war. So does Israel by controlling its border with Gaza.

      November 17, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • nonamenecessary

        Thinker, for a thinker you seem to have thought little about what you just said. to use the word ENJOY anywhere in a conversation about this conflict is ludicrous! No one is enjoying themselves here, this has been a blood bath. I would like to pose you a question, if you lived on a farm that your father had owned and your grandfather had owned and his father had owned but had been shared by your great great great grandfather and another man. How would you feel if one day that great great great grandchildren of that man came and pushed you off your farm and told you it was theres and not yours, would you not expect to want to fight back? You wouldnt enjoy it you would do it because you feel its yours. Oren wouldnt want to live in Gaza, nor would I and think instead of attacking each other we should realize that this is just a horrible mess fought by civilians and perpetuated by bureacrats who never have to get close to the issue.

        November 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amerigramma

      "1.5 million jailed". Apparently, you know nothing of the rebirth of Israel. originally there were < 700,000 palestinian that refused the offer of full citizenship and representation and did not emigrate to Jordan as they were supposed to have if they didn't want citizenship. Those original 700,000 would all be over 60 now. How many of your 1.5 million are crying refugeeism or persecution are younger than 60 and are not really "refugees" in reality?

      November 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lynn

      Dear Ray Hing,
      Please research the subject before you comment. Gaza was part of Israel and was used as a "buffer zone" to keep terrorist rockets from being able to get to close to the Israeli cities. The international community once again conned Israel into giving up more land for peace and let the Palestinians move there if they wished. The Palestinians of Gaza let in Hamas (an anti-Israeli group established to annihilate Israel & the Jews). Then they began attacking Israel. Israel closed the border in DEFENSE. Why did Egypt close the border with Gaza? Because Hamas is violent. duh. The only innocent people in Gaza are the children who have warped parents who perpetuate disfunction and violence. Israel has bent over backward to avoid civilian casualties even though Hamas purposefully hide behind and shoot from behind civilians, their homes, schools and health clinics in order to have them bombed in order to initiate sympathy from ignorant people like you.

      November 25, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Simhoni cohen

    here we go again with uneducated host show same questions as the night before. when will it stop he ask again and the answer is WE WILL NOT TURN THE OTHER CHEECK EVER AGAIN !!! Piers how would you like to live on the other side of the fence in israel and be terrorize on daily basis. How would you like to have your family subjected to fear not knowing when missiles will come raining on their heads. At least the other side get warnings. AND LET"S NOT FORGET WE GAVE THEM 98% OF THEIR DEMANDS AND THEY REFUSE IT. IF THEY WANT PEACE COME AND TAKE IT AND IF THEY WANT WAR WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT CHOOSE LIFE.

    November 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • George

      Instead of asking Piers "how would you like to live on the other side of the fence in israel and be terrorize on daily basis", you should ask yourself how would YOU like to live in a refugee camp or under military occupation all your life. Israel has done everything to derail peace negotiations by continually building illegal settlements on occupied territories. Their military adventure into Gaza will put the Israelis no closer to peace; they've tried this approach for years and look where we're are today!

      November 17, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Thinker23

        George... "Illegal" means "in violation of the law". There is no law forbidding Jews to live in the West Bank but allowing Arabs to live there. Therefore, the Jewish settlements in the West Bank are no less legal than Arab villages. Further, while one side can start and maintain a war BOTH sides are necessary for peace. There will be no peace for as long as the Palestinians are unable and unwilling to stop violence, recognize Israel and NEGOTIATE a peace agreement. If they did it the Palestinians would get peace, a sovereign independent state and not a single Jew alive within its borders. Unfortunately, they DO NOT WANT either peace or a state. They want to destroy the State of the Jews.

        November 17, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Lynn

        Those "refugees" that you speak of; chose that life rather than be peaceful, law abiding citizens. Many of Arab nationality or Muslim faith chose the citizenship that the re-established Nation of Israel offered to them all back in the 1940's and they enjoyed a much more prosperous and full life as Israeli citizens than they ever did under the Ottoman Empire. The ones who chose dissidence and violence, of course were kept away from the rest of the law abiding population. I sure wouldn't want to live in a country that is kept in a perpetual violent state by fellow citizens. Would you? Any of the original ones would be well over 65 years old now. Why are there more now than ever? Perpetuating their "refugee" status into ongoing generations has not been good for anyone. It is purely the choice of these so called "refugees" to stay in that status. They could have chosen peace and full citizenship and stayed in their homes back then and their newer generations should just move on to a functional life. Instead they chose violence and con people like you into thinking that they are innocent and oppressed.

        November 25, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. The other side

    Can CNN please post Dr. Hanan Ashrawi interview?

    November 16, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Olympia

      Yes, I thought Dr. Hanan Ashrawi made some important points. I'd like to see a transcript or listen again. Piers unfortunately wasn't able to ask her any questions, possibly he ran out of time? Otherwise he was great tonigh!

      November 17, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Feisal Istrabadi

    An interesting show and discussion with Dershowitz, Kimmit, and Kristof. But surely there could have been an Arab-American voice added to such a show. There is no dearth of articulate Arab-Americans who would have taken Dershowitz on more directly.

    November 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Dave

    my suggestion to give America a clear view: Invite Norman Finkelstein to the show...he gives great and straight forward insight to the Israeli, palestine conflict....and I think it needs to be heard by Americans. Thanks

    November 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Shifter jones

    I lost all respect for Piers today. He was intimidated by the PLO rep today. He failed to ask Ashrawi: If Hamas seeks the destruction of Israel, first, how can there be peace. Second, if Hamas is trying to destroy Israel, how come Israel cannot reciprocate and destroy Hamas. Third, if Israel does not retaliate, should they just accept the bombs landing in Israel? Fourth, why doesnt Hamas use the funds for infrastructure, schools, etc instead of bombs. Fifth, why do the Palestinan's teach their kids to hate at such a young age, isnt that a significant reason that there will never be peace?
    Piers - ask tough questions. Stop pandering to terrorists. Amercians would not accept bombs coming from either Mexico or Canada – it would be an act of war. Look at the wars in Iraq and Afganistan, the US showed no Mercy.

    November 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chagrined

      Ariel Sharon placed illegal Jewish settlers on Gaza, then demanded $2.2 billion American tax dollars to remove them before the 'war crime" Operation Cast Lead was launched during which time Israel brutally murdered over 1400 Palestinians.

      Hamas won an election that was judged by many distinguished people to be fair and just. It is in the best interest of that region to recognize Hamas and deal with them diplomatically. The U.S. pushed for the election and cannot ignore the outcome! In the past, Israel supported Hamas against Fatah. Israel played a significant role in encouraging Hamas's emergence. Now Israel has switched sides and encourages Fatah. Obviously, Hamas and Fatah are not the problem, Jews are the problem!

      In 2008, Hamas was blamed for breaking the ceasefire, but Hamas had strictly observed the ceasefire until it was violated by Israel on Nov. 4 when Israel launched an air strike into Gaza that killed 6 and injured several others. Israel continues settlement expansion in the West Bank. (You Tube – Who Broke The Cease Fire – Hamas or Israel 2008)
      Israel has no shame! At long last, Israel has no decency!

      November 17, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • shifter

        Mr. Chagrined:

        You are living in a fantasy world. Hamas does not want peace. Their goal is the destruction of Israel. This is a fact. So why should Israel not recipricate and destroy Hamas?

        How can you defend people that send a suicide bomb and kill innocent childrent and woman? It is not only in Israel, the islamists are doing this to Christians throught the Arab world. They also do it to Hindu's and Buddhists. It is a problem that cannot be stopped. They do no know how to live in peace with other people. It is there way or the high way. We both know that if Hamas no longer bombs Israel, that the Gazans will not be bombed. I have never seen an issue more skewed in my life. The Gazans dont want peace. They admit that they dont. They want the destruction of Israel. Know the facts!

        November 17, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      Mr Jones, you probably have very little knowledge of what it's like to live under occupation all your life or to lose your home or country. People are not born terrorists and as long as Israel continues its occupation and opression of the Palestinians it will never live in peace. Anyone familiar with the history of the Palestinian/ Israeli conflict realizes that military superiority and fire power will not buy Israel peace.

      November 17, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Thinker23

        George... If the Palestinians did not like the "occupation" and everything else they love to complain about they would NEGOTIATE A BETTTER DEAL long ago. On the other hand, peace and a sovereign independent state was offered to Palestinian Arabs in 1948, 1967, 1978, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009 and they've REJECTED it every single time declaring that NOTHING short of destruction of the Jewish State would satisfy them. You see, there are three ways to end a war: to WIN, to LOSE and to MAKE PEACE. The number of Jews living in the Palestinian-ruled areas of the West Bank and Gaza makes it painfully clear that Israel can not afford to lose a war. This leaves the Palestinians with the two remaining options and as long as they'll continue refusing to make peace they will continue to lose.

        November 17, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Shifter

        George:

        You are right, terrorists are not born. They are taught since birth by the Palestinians to hate in schools and their society. Therefore, there can be no peace. It is really amazing tha the Palestinians do not sit at the tables to discuss peace. They could have achieved this 20 years ago. Unforetunately, the Leaders get their power from Terror. If you are going to terrorize others, expect to get terror back. It is a vicous cycle that will never stop. Your comments show that you are not interested in peace. Everybody should put their guns away.

        November 17, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • F.O.R

      Why are you afraid to hear the TRUTH? The truth is what Hitler did to the Jewish people they are doing the same. The only difference is the world is supporting Israel the monster they created at the expense of poor people of Gaza. I have not lived in a land that was occupied before my birth. Rachel Corrie felt the pain of people of Gaza and occupied land so what become of her? Rachel Corrie an America was killed by Israelis solders and our country kept quiet. Why is justice an empty word? Why is it so hard for the media to speak the truth? Let Pierce do his job please and people like you start reading facts.

      November 18, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. rose macaskie

    I am glad the fact that Palestinian missiles mostly dont seem to kill anyone was mentioned. When journalists talk to both sides it seems that they politely agree that both sides as if both are equaly to blame for hostilities, as Piers says journalist nod to both sides but as a civilian I am always struck by how very much more deadly Isreali fire power is and it always seems unfair that their violence should be so much more efficient than Palestinina violence and I dont believe I am the only onlooker for whom it is clear that the Isrealis do much more harm than the Palestinians do and that is dangerous for Israel, they need the approval of as many people as possible.
    It is also my perception that, that Palestinian fight them is in the Israeli interest, it allows Israel to grab more territories. When Palestine gets violent, Israel has an excuse to grab more territory. Their arguements about needing to protect themselves only stop me from thinking to myself that they look for excuses make things hard for Palestinians so they will break and be violent and give the Israelis a chance to take more land for a short while, my mind afterwards returns to thinking in a very jaundiced way about their policies. On the other hand i know how much the jews need a nation and want them to have it, I wish it had been in america or some such country that could have dealt with such an influx better though.
    The lesson that the jews learnt from Hitler was that to be too pacifist is a bad thing and we are quick to forget how peaceful they were for so many centuries. What a pity that such a peacful nation got so badly treated that they got deflected from their former so very virtuos behavior. rose macaskie madrid

    November 16, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shifter

      Rose:

      How would you like it if Mexican were bombing your city? I am sure the US would crush them. Does the US play fair in Afganistan. No, the US crushed the Taliban. It is Political because of sympathizers like you. That is whay Israel does not crush Hamas. Use your efforts for peace. The Islamists threaten world peace all over the world. It is a shame that people like you dont realize that Islamists will cause the next world war.

      November 17, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bruno

      Rose, your comments betray a deep misunderstanding of the conflict in the Middle East and its historical basis. As to your notions of fairness, these too may be in need of a major overhaul. Let me ask you this: If a knife-wielding thug has a standoff against a gun-toting police officer, do you root for the former because of his inferior weaponry? Should the police officer tie a hand behind his back or empty a few bullets from his gun chamber to make the fight "fairer?" Israel has shown remarkable restraint while suffering thousands of rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza in the past 3 years - attacks which indiscriminately target civilians WITH THE INTENT to kill and maim them. By contrast, when Israel finally does strike back, it uses its superior weaponry to pinpoint military targets with laser precision, while warning residents in advance through dropped leaflets or "roof-knockers" to leave the area, so as to MINIMIZE civilian casualties. Who else on God's green earth is expected to fight a war this way?? The attempts by Piers Morgan and those of his ilk to equate morally the two sides of this conflict is ludicrous and sickening. As to your land-grab claim, while it is true that Israel has captured land in the DEFENSIVE wars it has won in the past, it mostly gave back such land in exchange for peace, to wit, the Sinai Peninsula. Fear not, dear Rose, the virtuous behavior you mourn the loss of is alive and well among the Jewish people, though undeserving of it are many of its beneficiaries.

      November 17, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tod Zuckerman

      Rose : You, too, must have rocks for brains. Zionists do not want to live in Europe – you can save your wondeful hospitality for the Muslims ( Good luck with them !).We have a 3800 year linkage with the land – got it ? Also, you seem to be disappointed all those rockets amd missiles have not killed more Jews – well, take heart in knowing that those rockets and missiles are designed to kill as many Jews as possible and have made life unbearable – each one of these projectiles aimed at civilians is a war crime, idiot!. Tod Zuckerman.

      November 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. JHB

    I am sorry to see that Piers' defence of Gazans is based on sympathy for them, not based on their rights. The next time an Israeli supporter says that they left Gaza, hope he challenges them by saying not true. Israel still controls everything that gets in and out of Gaza. The next time Michael Oren says that Hamas should build schools, he should ask them howcan they do that when Israel controls the flow of construction material to them. The next time they complain about Hamas, ask them why they (and US) forced Palestinian Authority to have an election and then imposed sanctions as soon as Palestinians chose Hamas. The next time they say that they are ready to talk to Palestinians, ask them how can they expect Palestinians to negotiate with them as long as they keep building settlements (considered illegal under international law and by every other country on earth).

    Let's see if Piers does his homework the next time.

    November 17, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Let me ask YOU a question, JHB... If tomorrow Israel will remove ALL settlements, ALL military bases, ALL checkposts and will withdraw to the cease fire lines of 1949... WILL THERE BE PEACE?

      November 17, 2012 at 7:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. George

    I caught the last part of Dr Ashrawi's interview, and was glad to see that Piers Morgan pesented someone who addressed the real issues in Gaza and the occupied territories. I was hoping to be able to share that interview on facebook, but I see it unfortunately has not been posted by CNN. I wonder why!!

    November 17, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    Reblogged this on infodespacho.

    November 17, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Bear

    Thank you Piers for having Dr. Hanan Ashrawi and beeing balanced.

    November 17, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • William Bilinski

      Yes, I agree, but were is that clip on Hanan Ashrawi. I would like a video clip and transcript just like Orem got.

      November 17, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Babushka

    History of Palestine and Green Line Israel

    Something to ponder on

    I am confused. Who is the occupier and who is calling who a terrorizer? Does might make it right?
    Why was a part Germany not given to the Jewish people or a part of England or United States?
    Why not give Florida or any one of the 21 States that want to break away.
    Palistinen homeland was not for grabs just like our homeland is not. This divide was specially done for wicked reasons by the British..... It was to have the Jews and Moslims kill each other. Kashmir was to have the Moslims and Hindus kill each other.

    http://www.brianwillson.com/history-of-palestine-and-green-line-israe

    November 17, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. janindenver

    With all the hard-hitting interivews I have seen you do, I'm shocked that you let Ambassador Michael Oren get by, pretending that Israel has left Gaza and that their poverty and desolation are their own fault. If Israel allowed building materials and food into Gaza, they could rebuild the damaged infrastructure from Israel's last attack in 2009-10. Instead, Israel continues to control everything that enters or leaves Gaza–people and goods. If Gaza could prosper, they would not be interested in firing rockets at Israel. The rocket attacks are a desperate cry for justice. I'd like to see you do an interview with Gersho Baskin, who was negotiating a truce when Jarabi was killed. And where is the interview with Hanan Ashrawi on your website? She spoke the truth.

    November 17, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Oleg

    This is unfortunate that SNN (Piers Morgan) did not post a transcript or video clip of interview with Dr. Hanan Ashrawi where Mr. Morgan presented the national tribune for lying propaganda. It appears he did not want to give an opportunity to publicly analyze the Arab propaganda lies.

    November 17, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Oleg

    It is interesting to observe the difference in interview strategies of Michael Oren and Alan Dershowitz vs. Hanan Ashrawi: pro-Israel guests where interrupted and always asked the same question – How to resolve the conflict? The question is very deep, answers uncertain, and definitely does not belong to the format of a current program. Hanan Ashrawi was given a carte blanche to present Palestinian propaganda – no questions asked, no comments. It looked like the host, who claimed to be an objective journalist, easer has no knowledge about the subject, purely subjective (anti-Semitic), or scared of Arab terrorists (just like many Palestinians leaving under Hamas or Fatah).

    November 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • William Bilinski

      From ynetnews.com and antiwar.com
      "Erdogan: Israeli strikes a pre-election stunt
      Turkish prime minister lays blame for conflict firmly on Jewish state, tells reporters 'before this election they shot these innocent people in Gaza for reasons they fabricated'"

      November 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Oleg

        I did not get your post. Erdogan's opinion, as it is totally politically motivated, is irrelevant. What you can expect from a head of a state that refuse to communicate with anybody who mentions Armenian genocide?

        November 17, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • William Bilinski

      To oleg above:
      "purely subjective (anti-Semitic)". P. Morgan has had a close relationship with Murdock newspaper empire, so it is most probable that he is a philo-semite.

      to oleg below:
      "What you can expect from a head of a state that refuse to communicate with anybody who mentions Armenian genocide?"
      What can you expect from a commentor, oleg, who is probably a Nakba denier?

      November 18, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. artoor

    Ashrawi is the only one who put the conflict in its proper historical context. She is the only voice for truth and the perspective of history regarding this conflict. So long as the world doesn't come to grips with Israel's de facto genocidal tendencies and practices against the Palestinians, this issue will not be resolved.

    November 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Ass Romper

    I'd like to perform oral on Oren.

    November 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Jontristan

    Hey Israel,
    You think the US REALLY has your back? Think again. None of us will die for you. When it comes down to it, you've cost us enough in the Middle East. No President or congress has the political capital to drag us into war with you. With the Arabs at your door now.... Your right wing oppressive politics have left you quite alone in the world.

    November 18, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Oleg

      Jontristan, don't hold your breath. Nobody in Israel counts on your help or support. We have plenty of friends among dissent people all over the world.

      November 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Jontristan

    The Balfour declaration – what a gift. The British giving what was an uncontrollable colony ( not their land ) to a crooked banker (Rothschild) to give to the Jews. The British even are efforts to protect the people living in Palestine in that declaration, but clearly to no avail.. You cannot give what is not yours to give, so enough with the Balfour Declaration as justification.

    November 18, 2012 at 3:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lynn Marie

      In the first place Israel did originally belong to the Jews. There were hardly any people in Palestine at the time of the Balfour Proclamation. It was undeveloped. Only about 12% of Palestine was privately owned by Muslims and they were given the option of full citizenship & government representation. Israel did not discriminate against anyone there. It was only after Israel began to become developed and profitable that Arabs and Muslims decided that they wanted it all. Israel only takes up about 0.01% of all of the land that is considered under Muslim rule. Original Palestinians who refused Israeli citizenship were given the option to re-establish themselves in Jordan but the Jordanians went against the agreement and denied them their due citizenship. Your probem should be with Jordan and the dissenters that just did not want to be citizens of the peacefully transpired country of Israel. The granting back to the Jews their original homeland was an internationally accepted solution. Accepted also, mind you by many neighboring Muslim Nations, who need to stand by their words and agreements that they make.

      November 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kaia

      Give part of England to the Jewish people after all it was there wickedness in the first place, they wanted the Jewish people and Mosloms to fight so they would get rich selling both ammunitions. Wicked, wicked, wicked.

      November 19, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Lynn

        Kaia, Israel has belonged to the Jewish people for over 3800 years. It has been occupied by others for many hundreds of years. It is only 0.01% of all of the land that the Muslims have. Not just any piece of land will do. Israel is their Holy Land, their Homeland. There has always been some Jewish population there. As well as Christians, Muslims, non-religious and people of other faiths.
        Kaia, you have everything backwards and upside down. Before the Balfour Proclamation, only 12% of Israel was privately owned by Muslims, 8% by Jews. Much of it was not developed. From that moment on, Israel offered full citizenship with benefits that any other citizen could enjoy to any pre-existing Muslims there at the time. Any who did not want to be an Israeli citizen were free to leave and were supposed to be welcomed into citizenship in Jordan. The Jordanians went against their word however and resulted in Palestinian refugees. Blame Jordan, not Israel. Israel has bent over backward to accomodate these ungrateful people. There are millions of peaceful law abiding Muslims living in Israel with full citizenship who live and work in peace. The so called Palestinians who refused to leave but also refused to be peaceful and chose to purpetuate their "refugee" status are all now over 60 years old and few left. It is the "Palestinian Authority" who is also at fault here for allowing the children, grand children and great grandchildren of the original ones also obtain the erroneous refugee status. They are displaced due to their own choices. Israel has every right to keep them out of mainstream Israel in order to protect it's citizens, millions of which are Muslims who are grateful to their country for keeping the violent ones out of their neighborhoods. They want to live in peace as well, without fear of being bombed by Iranian backed anti-Israeli fanatics. When will people like you open your eyes and research a little.
        Israel is allowing aid into Gaza and takes in Gaza citizens into its hospitals and treats them. So stop your prejudiced hateful and thoughtless verbal abuse of them. God will protect his people. The only reason Israel has not already completely flattened all of Gaza is that they do care about the civilians stuck in front of Hamas who cowardly hide behing the civilian populations in order to enlist sympathy from ignorant ranters like you. Wake up!!!

        November 19, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  21. david

    They say that history is written by the victors. Well, regarding this conflict that is not true.The fact that most arab immigration came to the area from surrounding arab states AFTER the israelis created economic opportunites when they started developing the land,is never mentioned..Never.
    Before the influx of european jews there were only about 90 thousand arabs in all of palestine,including Jordan.Mostly bedouins and druse.
    No arabs lost their homes before the arab invasion in 1948.
    And now...all over the world it;s muslims attacking jews....where do you ever hear of jews attacking muslims.
    Only in Israel,where they have to fight to survive,do jews attack muslims.
    And finally...why are there no jews allowed in arab palestine ( except for the chomskys and finkelsteins of the world).
    And yet there are over a million arab citizens of israel...
    the mind boggles at the ignorance and stupidiy and yes,racism, of the media and posters onh this troubling subject.

    November 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • June

      Get your facts. Google the map from 1945 . Check to see who owns every western media ? And let's not forget who ran the US election ?

      November 19, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Lynn

        I know. Why doesn't everyone know this fact? Especially people like Piers Morgan who can do a lot of damage by twisting the facts around and insinuating the wrong information. What is his problem anyways? I used to like Him, but now, not so much. You know what God said about people who go against His people? I wouldn't want to be him in a lightning storm.

        November 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  22. max

    Throughout the 800 years of British rule, native Irish people were beaten, murdered and sold into slavery by the British who considered them a subspecies. As you can imagine this led to a great deal of resentment and hatred on the part of the Irish people.

    How can you say this is the same!

    From 250 in carthage to 1948 in Arab countries. 109 Locations where Jews have been expelled. the Jewish people have been mistreated. You can not say what they are doing is what the British did to the Irish people.
    Read and look at what these people have been through, man understand God stands with them this time. The people that want them off there so called land, will not stop trying to kill them, no matter what or where they are. This is the land God gave them. You can be so called open minded, and stand for them of ill moral and ill will, to be liked but understand God lives also by the laws. He gave us laws, and told us what is good for us and not, its up to us how we wish to live. But these are God’s people, and what they should have helped us learn, is how heartless we are to have let this kind of thing go on with the Jews so long.
    I listen to your words tonight and it broke my heart to still see people like you that still don’t get it. May be you never will.
    Locations whence Jews have been Expelled since AD250

    YEAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PLACE

    250 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Carthage
    415 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Alexandria
    554 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Diocèse of Clermont (France)
    561 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Diocèse of Uzès (France)
    612 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Visigoth Spain
    642 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Visigoth Empire
    855 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Italy
    876 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Sens
    1012 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Mainz
    1182 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – France
    1182 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Germany
    1276 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Upper Bavaria
    1290 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – England
    1306 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – France
    1322 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – France (again)
    1348 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Switzerland
    1349 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Hielbronn (Germany)
    1349 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Saxony
    1349 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Hungary
    1360 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Hungary
    1370 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Belgium
    1380 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Slovakia
    1388 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Strasbourg
    1394 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Germany
    1394 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – France
    1420 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Lyons
    1421 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Austria
    1424 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Fribourg
    1424 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Zurich
    1424 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Cologne
    1432 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Savoy
    1438 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Mainz
    1439 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Augsburg
    1442 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Netherlands
    1444 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Netherlands
    1446 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Bavaria
    1453 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – France
    1453 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Breslau
    1454 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Wurzburg
    1462 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Mainz
    1483 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Mainz
    1484 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Warsaw
    1485 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Vincenza (Italy)
    1492 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Spain
    1492 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Italy
    1495 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Lithuania
    1496 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Naples
    1496 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Portugal
    1498 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Nuremberg
    1498 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Navarre
    1510 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Brandenberg
    1510 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Prussia
    1514 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Strasbourg
    1515 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Genoa
    1519 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Regensburg
    1533 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Naples
    1541 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Naples
    1542 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Prague & Bohemia
    1550 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Genoa
    1551 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Bavaria
    1555 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Pesaro
    1557 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Prague
    1559 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Austria
    1561 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Prague
    1567 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Wurzburg
    1569 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Papal States
    1571 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Brandenburg
    1582 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Netherlands
    1582 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Hungary
    1593 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Brandenburg, Austria
    1597 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Cremona, Pavia & Lodi
    1614 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Frankfort
    1615 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Worms
    1619 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Kiev
    1648 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Ukraine
    1648 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Poland
    1649 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Hamburg
    1654 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Little Russia (Beylorus)
    1656 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Lithuania
    1669 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Oran (North Africa)
    1669 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Vienna
    1670 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Vienna
    1712 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Sandomir
    1727 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Russia
    1738 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Wurtemburg
    1740 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Little Russia (Beylorus)
    1744 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Prague, Bohemia
    1744 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Slovakia
    1744 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Livonia
    1745 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Moravia
    1753 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Kovad (Lithuania)
    1761 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Bordeaux
    1772 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Deported to the Pale of Settlement (Poland/Russia)
    1775 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Warsaw
    1789 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Alsace
    1804 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Villages in Russia
    1808 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Villages & Countrysides (Russia)
    1815 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Lbeck & Bremen
    1815 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Franconia, Swabia & Bavaria
    1820 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Bremen
    1843 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Russian Border Austria & Prussia
    1862 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Areas in the U.S. under General Grant's Jurisdiction[1]
    1866 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Galatz, Romania
    1880s – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Russia
    1891 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Moscow
    1919 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Bavaria (foreign born Jews)
    1938-45 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Nazi Controlled Areas
    1948 - – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Arab Countries

    November 19, 2012 at 3:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • CP

      Why were the Jewish people expelled in so many countries over the years ? We are all God's children but it does not gives us the right to keep occupying other peoples land does it? and then calling there rebelling Aggression or act of terrorism. Who has been terrorizing who lets get this fact right. The media spin is because they own the media. Who heads CNN and other media kindly google. Why did the Europeans or the Americans not give a part of there land to the Jewish people after world war two ? After all Hitler was a GERMAN not an ARAB. This on going occupation has taken us to many wars for Isreal and caused only pain on innocent people on both sides why? Why not give the Jewish people one of the 30 States that wants to break away from the US. How about Texes or Florida?

      " The main stream media is blatantly biased and hell bent on misleading information.

      Americans need to wake up and smell the real air, around them."

      http://www.ifamericansknew.org/cur_sit/missingheadlines.html

      November 19, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lynn

      Wow, Max, that is some list! Satan has been busy attacking God's people. If our country is wise, it will back Israel. Look what happened to the British Empire once they chopped up the original amount Israel was supposed to get. It shrinks on a regular basis. Scotland is on it's to being free again and soon, I hope lovely Ireland.

      November 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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