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November 20th, 2012
12:33 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Bright minds discuss the Israel-Gaza conflict

As violence and unrest continued in Gaza and Israel, Alan Dershowitz, Reza Aslan and Mark Perry sat down with Piers Morgan live on Monday evening to discuss the conflict.

"Israel is targeting as best they can only terrorists," said Dershowitz to which Morgan countered, "They killed a whole family yesterday."

"But the reason is because Hamas was firing rockets in order to induce them to kill the whole family," explained Dershowitz. "It's called the dead baby strategy."

"They want their children to be martyred so they can carry them out, show them to the international media and thereby gain an advantage over Israel," continued Dershowitz. "It's a double war crime and the media encourages it."

Aslan spoke to the impact of the conflict in the Middle East explaining, "the longer it continues, whether a cease-fire is possible or not, the longer it continues the more devastating it's going to be towards Israel."

"Not just the fact that more and more civilians and more children are going to inevitably die, but Israel's legitimacy on the international stage is going to continue to deteriorate."

Perry, a Middle East expert with contacts to Hamas at a senior level, gave his insight on a possible cease-fire. "I think the principles for a cease-fire are in place," said Perry. "An end to the siege, that's what Hamas wants. An end to the siege of the targeting of their leadership."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interviews, as Perry explains how the Egyptian government would need to be involved to maintain the Israel-Gaza ceasefire.
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  1. RTS

    Why won't CNN not let Einstein's letter be seen? What happined to Free Media ?

    November 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Gia

    What the main stream media does not want you to see.

    November 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Sam Abdalla

    Thanks Piers Morgan for your unbiased Stand on The Gaza Massacar. You demonstrated a true proffesinalizm. The Harvard Professor was clearly a very ignorant person with so much hate

    November 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stephen Randall

      Shows who really knows what he is talking about. Alan Dershowitz would run circles around you. Proud his is a Jew

      November 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jessica De Kretzer

        Dershowitz is an apologist for a brutal regime that has oppressed and killed countless. Dershowitz's books on the Israel-Palestine conflict have been considered frauds by many. He was exposed on Piers Morgan's show.

        November 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sublime619

        Apparently he got owned by Dr. Finkelstein on a debate on Democracy Now. Dershowitz's scholarship is in question when he uses sources like a high school syllabus and a link to a movie for sources for his now debunked book Case for Israel. He couldn't beat Finkelstein in a debate so he had to resort to threatening UC press for publishing Finkelstein's expose of his book. He even tried to write an angry letter to then governator but didnt work. The only slime tactic he could use is influence De Paul to deny Finkelstein tenure. Dershowitz can't run circles around a tree let along defend intelligently the Israeli case. The facts are pretty clear and supported by mainstream human rights organizations and Israeli ones like B'Tselem.

        November 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaker, Dublin

      Hamas seem to have a lot of hotheads on their side, like this Mark Perry, is it any wonder they can't suggest a true honest peace plan with the other side. War will sadly ensue, wait & you'll see!

      November 20, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tod Zuckerman

      h, right. A guy like you who cheers every time a Jew runs from rockets and missiles, and hands out sweets when they are killed, appreciates Morgan's Euro style moral equivalency. Hey, Morgan, you should be very proud ! By the way, Morgan, if some terror group was targeting you and your family , you would be crying for your country to flatten them, which Israel could do in 5 minutes. NO country would be as CAREFUL as Israel in avoiding civilian losses – compare the IDF to NATO in Iran, Afganistan and Pakistan – the IDF's record is better ( and I support wholly what NATO is doing) .

      November 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mari

    No one wants there children to be martyred.... this phrase gets lost in translation. Our grandmother use to tell " I love you so much I will eat you all up." She was British. The Isreals want to justify there brutality no difrent to what Hitler to the Jews people. It's shamefully how our goverment supports this monster instead of seeing the truth. Why are ourvleaders held hostage by Isreal?
    Thank you Piers for your unbiased reporting but do be careful the media is run by chose group of people that do not tolerate negative Israeli reporting.

    November 20, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mari

    Oops! The Israelis want to Justify there brutality just like Hitler did to the Jewish people. It's shameful how our Government supports this monster instead of seeing the truth. Our leaders are held hostage by the Israelis why?

    November 20, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jean Claude

      I don't really understand on what is happening! The oppressed population trying to stand and react to the occupation, we call them terrorist, to force them to do not request for their independence. This just like the time of slaves, were slaves were oppressed and could march to claim their freedom, if this was happening today, I believe they were going to be called terrorist.

      For all this to end, Israel need to agree to the two states principles and avoid to increase settlements and recognize the freedom of oppressed population. People are now getting fed up with Israel and their reason is now getting down. Israelis must not make Palestinians suffer because they suffered as well under Hitler.

      Why here, the human right is not blaming Israel?

      November 21, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jessica De Kretzer

    It's a real shame that Piers/CNN did not put up the entire slip. They have edited out Mark Perry's closing statements, which really puts Israel's action in perspective and exposes Alan Dershowitz. Shame on you CNN!

    November 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jessica De Kretzer

    It's a real shame that Piers/CNN did not put up the entire CLIP. They have edited out Mark Perry's closing statements, which really puts Israel's action in perspective and exposes Alan Dershowitz. Shame on you CNN!

    November 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rachel

      Palestine is under occupation and Gaza is a prison and you want Alan to spin what?

      November 21, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Free media

    Why do journalists and media companies pretend the battle between Israel and Hamas is an even one?

    November 21, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. worldcares

    Zero tolerance towards terrorists.

    November 21, 2012 at 4:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
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