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. "I always thought that FOX News had gone kind of wacko on this and was stirring up a lot of anxiety about a bad situation in which a lot of things are inherently unknowable."
"I have tried to report several times through the years on fire fights and incidents of combat," said Ricks. "There is nothing more complex. You will always find conflicting stories. That does not mean the people are lying. It simply means that combat is one of the most stressful things anybody can go through."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Ricks tells Piers Morgan how a blurb he wrote for Broadwell’s book has “come back to haunt me.”
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