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Alongside CNN's continuing coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict, on Monday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited George Mitchell to share his perspective on the recent developments of unrest in the region, and how it might eventually impact Israel's future international relations:
"Israel wants to stop the rocketing," said Mitchell, former U.S. special envoy to the Middle East. "And they want to make it to try to deter future action by making this punishment severe but what they don't want to do is lose Egypt. A high strategic value to Israel is its peace treaties with Israel and Jordan and the circumstances in Egypt."
Also commenting on the adverse affect the violence has on Egypt, Mitchell noted that "every leader in this conflict and in this region faces competing pressures."
Meanwhile, Monday marked a return to the program for "Washington Post" associate editor Bob Woodward, who shared his expertise on the looming "fiscal cliff" as it edges towards deadline.
Referencing current negotiations on Capitol Hill which aim to avoid large spending cuts and tax increases that would kick in on January 1st, the author of "The Price of Politics" relayed a feeling of optimism:
"The mood is better, but there's some real serious disagreements on taxes and entitlement reform," he told Piers Morgan. "I think of the things going on, it is one of the most worrisome because it has an absolute deadline...the first of the year, they have to decide what they're going to do. If they don't change the laws, it's not a matter of policy, but the law on taxes and spending cuts."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Woodward tells Piers Morgan how the fiscal cliff could lead to a "government recession" that would be "a political disaster for Obama and the Republicans."
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