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November 20th, 2012
10:20 PM ET

Dianne Feinstein on the conflict in the Middle East: "I hope people see Hamas for what it is, and that is using their own people as human shields"

On the backdrop of what was a seventh consecutive day of violence in the Middle East, on Tuesday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Dianne Feinstein to the program to share her vast insight on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

As Egyptian president Mohamed Morsy attempts to broker peace in the region, Feinstein shares her opinion of those launching airstrikes out of Gaza:

"I hope people see Hamas for what it is, and that is using their own people as human shields. Putting these missiles and rockets in places right in the middle of residential areas, in homes and mosques and parks," explains the Chairwoman of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. "You don't do this. I mean, this borders on being an international war crime."

Moving forward, Feinstein insisted that the ultimate goal should be achieving a two-state solution, and the woman for the job may have just arrived:

"Perhaps the Secretary of State will play a very dominant role," says Feinstein, of Hillary Clinton who landed in Jerusalem Tuesday. "After all, her husband [former president Bill Clinton] came the closest of anybody to establishing a two-state solution. So, she knows exactly where all of this stands and what might be able to solve what has been an historic and very difficult situation."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as the senior United States Senator from California provides increased intel on the dangerous struggle over the border between Israel and Gaza.
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  1. Pog

    Help the people of Gaza Norman Finkelstin

    November 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. mustaphabarki

    Reblogged this on barkinet.

    November 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Sly

    Mouin Rabbine. Netanyahus first war

    November 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Lara

    A great book to read.

    Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish romance with Israel is coming to an end (Books: 2012);

    By Norman Finkelstin

    November 20, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Tod Zuckerman

    Norman Finklestein : Look, – no country in the world is more careful in avoiding civilian casualties than Israel . May you rot in hell, with your Hamas and Hezbollah contacts ( not friends, as they – no doubt – despise you for being a Jew. They use you you for what you are – not a useful idiot, but a useful kapo). . Lastly. it goes without saying, you make me ASHAMED. Tod Zuckerman,..

    November 21, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gus

      How much was Ms Dianne Feinstine paid for her election by the Jewish Lobby? This answers her wicked remark. Why does she not hand over Califonia to her Chosen People?

      November 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Lawrence Maushard

    Disgusting interview skills Mr. Morgan. You let Sen. Feinstein and the Israeli official prattle on about Hamas "responsibility" for the carnage unleashed by the IDF. No pushback. No questions about appropriate and equal response. No questioning about anything that would demand explanation from Israel that in any way justifies its ongoing attack on populated civilian areas. And what about any historical context? Absolutely no journalistic integrity whatsoever.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tod Zuckerman

      "Appropriate and equal response" ? Sounds like you are some nimrod who cheers every time Israelis have to dodge rockets and missiles ? The blatant obviosity is that NO COUNTRY would be as careful about avoiding/limiting civilian casualties as Israel. Hell, I thought Morgan was rude and foolish, with his endless Euro moral equivalency prattle about Israel "losing the moral high ground." But after reading your post, I realize there are folks much worse than Morgan. . Tod Zuckerman.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kaia

        Piers you angered Tod Zuckerman now he will have you removed from CNN by talking to his " Chosen friends " who run the media bias in America. Tod we in America don't rely on our media because of people like you that spin lies as you go along.

        Prof Michel Chossudovsky thank you for speaking out like Prof Norman Finklestine.

        November 21, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. max

    Anger bird it’s a game its about bird that are anger. They keep shooting off rocks and things to hurt the others. Hamas are anger birds if people are really up set that they are doing this and the reason is there living so bad. Why don’t Hollywood go in and play some sounds and may be with a little money they get what they need and stop being anger birds. But to blame the Jews that are doing nothing but living is more that anger bird. They bird brains. May be they fear getting dragged through the streets like that one kid just was by Hamas the poor anger birds.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rachel

      Maybe the Angry Bird does not want to be in prison any more or be occupied. What would you do Max if two of your boys were killed playing soccer and your leader was killed? Would you be sitting quiet if your home was bulldozed to make homes for settlers? What would you be slinging or singing Max ?

      November 21, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. FP&G

    Shame on those who keep the silence. Free Palestinen occupation and free Gaza now.

    // the story "THERE COMES A ROCKET FROM GAZA ?! " on Storify

    November 21, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Hindi

    Please invite prof Norman Finklestine on your show or are you afraid to anger the chosen people from CNN. The people who fired R. Sanchez ?

    November 21, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. z.v

    They may reach a temporary cease-fire agreement
    But by the look of it, a few more months and there will be war between Israel
    To all the surrounding countries including Egypt and Turkey.
    Syria has chemical weapons Hizblh not sit quietly
    They have tunnels that reach into Israel!!
    Iran has troops in the region in Gaza, Syria and Lebanon.
    It does not look good at all!!!
    The civilians on both sides will pay the price as always.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bigguy

      It can all stop. Isreal should be given Texas or Califonia.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Old American

        No. Bavaria. But that boat sailed long ago.

        November 23, 2012 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Karherine

    The rockets from Gaza are in defiance of a cruel economic blockade. Israel didnt like the elected leader so is strangling the people of Gaza, keeping them in prison and ruining their economy. The balance of power - Gaza is David-- is getting more understood in the US.

    How can Israel have a right to defend attacking those they occupy? ("effective control of a territory" )

    November 21, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lisa

      Karherine, you wrote "The rockets from Gaza are in defiance of a cruel economic blockade." ... but the rockets began two years before the blockade. Israel left Gaza in 2005. Immediately Hamas started firing rockets. The economic blockade began two years later in 2007. Look it up...

      November 23, 2012 at 5:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. |Arnie

    Hi....and just want to say this Senator Feintsteiner should just be quiet. It is so fricin anoying to hear a person spew out this crap, and especially when I am Canadian, and yes, we do pay attention to the global news while we build our igloo"s....Feinsteneiroff just goes on on crap that spins stuff out tha you all may or may not want to know, but for sure, it is not objective. I have been to the middle east, I have talked with locals, and sure, some are just off their timothy mcvay......but the US foregin policy has sucked for way too folks south of the 49th parralel are actually not the boss of the learn to work with the rest of us or suffer the pain of being the jilted one in a divorce......what offends my average intelllingence is the political blab of the Weintsterners of the US....instead, they shouild actaully try to help the country they claim to represent instead of blabbering about things they feel will help them to be re-elected.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. When will it ever stop ?

    How many more children will Israel be allowed to slaughter?

    November 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Bill

    If the Jews stop corrupting the world may be some one would like them, other then the U.S.

    November 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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