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November 21st, 2012
12:39 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister and Chief P.L.O. Representative to U.S. on the Israel-Gaza conflict

While the violence in Israel and Gaza continued despite efforts to broker a cease-fire on Tuesday evening, Piers Morgan spoke to Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon. The foreign minister expressed his concern for the civilians in Gaza and explained that the areas targeted by the Israeli airstrikes are in unavoidable populated areas.

"All the places, the bunkers, the launchers of Hamas are specifically in populated areas," insisted Ayalon. "They fire out of mosques, out of kindergartens, out of schools, and out of hospitals."

"But I think we are trying to be very, very careful," continued Ayalon. "And I hope we will not get into a land operation but if we do, we will give enough time for the population to leave the area and designating safe routes for them to leave the area so hopefully only the Hamas people will stand bare there to face our incoming troops."

Chief P.L.O. Representative to U.S., Maen Areikat was also on the program and spoke about the underlying political issue surrounding the conflict. "People in the midst of this coverage about the violence there and the killings there tend to forget that this is a political issue," said Areikat.

"This is not a security issue," continued Areikat. "This is a political issue that has to do with the confinement, with the siege of 1.7 million Palestinians who are living in the Gaza strip who have been under a blockade for the last seven years and the fact that the Israeli military occupation continues in the West Bank and the Palestinians are denied their freedom."

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  1. Rachel

    The iron clad dome:

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    Do the Jews read the bible or have a book?
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