On the backdrop of escalating violence in the Middle East, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Shimon Peres for an exclusive interview.
Joining Piers Morgan from his home in Jerusalem, the Israeli president suggests that the Palestinian militant group Hamas is being backed by Iran. As such, the host inquires as to what he intends to do about it:
"If you believe Mr. President, that Iran is behind a lot of the Hamas terror activity, as you put it, then what action do you intend to take against Iran?" asks the host.
Staying firm with his position, Peres responds without hesitation: FULL POST
On the backdrop of continued violence in the Middle East, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Israeli president Shimon Peres to offer his position on the increased violence.
Referencing those on the receiving end of repeated Israeli airstrikes, Piers Morgan asks his guest to offer some guidance:
"If there are Palestinians watching this interview who feel helpless, who feel completely poverty stricken, they have nothing, they see no hope, and they now see endless Israeli rockets flying over their heads perhaps killing relatives and loved ones, what do you say to them to offer proper constructive hope?" the host asked Peres.
Favoring a stance that places blame on the militant group Hamas, Peres insists they have the power to bring the conflict to a close:
"Do two things: stop shooting, start talking. It’s in their hands," he says from his home in Jerusalem. "It is their choice, really. Today too, I don’t feel any hatred. I’m disappointed with their approach, or their approach of part of it. Let me say a word about Gaza, I think one of the difficulty for the Hamas people to make a decision is that they are divided within. There are four or five groups that cannot reach an agreement. Some of them are more extreme, some of them are more moderate, and the Egyptians are trying, really, to unite them toward one position ... The only thing we want to win is peace for us and peace for them. And I believe it’s possible."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 as Peres responds to those that criticize Israel for their role in the rising death toll.
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On Friday evening, amidst continuing unrest in Gaza and Israel, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Hanan Ashrawi of the Palestinian Legislative Council to the program.
Ashrawi voiced her opinions on the Israel-Gaza conflict, pointing to "the occupation" of Gaza by Israel as the actual reason for conflict in the region. "There is a brutal siege of Gaza," said Ashrawi. "They have turned that area into a disaster area. They starved the people. They destroyed the resources. They cut them off from the rest of the world. We have about 80 percent who need food aid. We have 45 percent unemployment in Gaza."
"You cannot have the captive civilian population totally at the mercy of a ruthless military occupation," continued Ashrawi. "So the projectiles that Hamas sends into Israel is in direct response to what Israel is doing."
Also on Friday, author Tom Ricks joined the program to give his perspective on the David Petraeus scandal. A mutual friend of both Petraeus and Paula Broadwell for over 15 years, Ricks was always certain that their extra-marital affair was unrelated to Benghazi or any other issue of national security. "I never thought there was a conspiracy," said Ricks. FULL POST
As the deadly conflict in the Middle East continues, tonight Piers Morgan interviews Shimon Peres, allowing the president of Israel to offer a response amidst those that disapprove of his nation's airstrikes into Gaza:
“Well you know, whoever criticizes us should suggest an alternative – we started with great restraint. In the last six days thousand two hundred [1,200] missiles fall on our civilians lives, on mothers, on children," says Peres. "We tried to do it with restraint, but apparently they hide themselves in private homes, even in mosques, and we are trying to do our best not to hit any civilian on the other side, but unfortunately a war is a war and they can stop it in one minute if they’ll stop shooting, there won’t be any causalities."
Joining "Piers Morgan Tonight" from his home in Jerusalem, Peres insists that the Palestinian militant group Hamas is most to blame for initiating the violence and death that has dominated the news cycle since last week: FULL POST
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