Friday Lightning Round: Israel, Palestinians at U.N.
Panel sums up in this week's hot topics
- Duration 6:11
- Date Sep 23, 2011
Panel sums up in this week's hot topics
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Well I hope to have an opportunity to assist this committee's inquiry in the future.
On the advice of my attorney.
I must respectfully decline to answer any questions.
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Race in the finish for the slender investigation one with 44% of the vote.
That's what she saw the CEO up there and top officials taking the fifth will start there.
Back with the panel what about this -- ago -- -- well on the Fifth Amendment is one of the glories of our constitution that unfortunately.
When you take if you look guilty it's simply it's coming that.
You can avoid I think the implications here of some.
Criminal wrongdoing -- only strengthen when you see people who refused to answer questions.
I don't -- anybody has demonstrated criminality here but.
I think it's really -- -- administration especially if they.
-- the inquiry gets wider and it's about all the money that's been thrown at that these enterprises which are insolvent.
Is there any political favoritism or not I'm sure they will find something.
-- when this one is a sort of hat trick for Republicans -- they win if there's political favoritism.
They win if the companies -- bankrupt.
And they win.
If even if the companies succeed because the only way they succeed is by diverting jobs from somewhere else into these problems that -- -- -- yes I -- -- -- I'm just talking politically related to taxpayers lose his way and that's the point I was coming -- was a -- report fox had about Darrell -- -- 41 of these programs in his district.
The truth of the matter is Republicans and Democrats across the board.
Have used this kind of subsidy to prop up companies and and and alternative energy medical technology whatever.
The economic summit are fundamentally flawed and -- lead to things like let's start that is true.
I don't understand.
Given the fact these executives presided over a failed company that has cost the taxpayers is -- half a billion dollars.
Democrats would ever want -- wind themselves in public with these folks these slander people -- weight problems that they wouldn't testify.
Earlier this year not clear why they changed their mind -- actually right that would.
Guilty as everyone does who -- the Fifth Amendment and yet you saw Henry Waxman get up there and say in public congress -- from California.
That it was somehow unconstitutional.
To pressing for answers when we had invoke their Fifth Amendment privilege He saw other members of democratic members they stop being made us wonder guys.
Why would you say that on television if you're Democrat.
Next topic the United Nations the effort by the Palestinian Authority to get statehood.
Came to a head today with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and also the Israeli prime minister speaking.
At the UN general assembly.
How do you see us -- this settlement Odyssey.
Threats -- -- you can also undermined view of the structure of the Palestinian National Authority and even and its existence.
Enough enough enough.
I extend my hands.
To the Palestinian people.
With -- when we seek a just and lasting peace.
Where is this had Tucker.
I don't know where it's headed I mean I it's -- having some.
Outlines are obvious Abbas is clearly weakened probably forever after this they're not gonna get -- it's going to be vetoed and he's going to look ridiculous does that strengthen.
Other ailments I don't know -- would know here's one thing I find fascinating however.
Watching the president get up there and argue against.
This bid for statehood would you agree with that or not it's about a 180 degrees where you would have imagined He would wind up when He was running.
For president it was very clear to anyone who was watching that He was you know that.
I was gonna change -- Israel policy from the American perspective and to see him wind up here I wonder how many on the left felt sick to their stomachs as they watched the president you know that's.
The big picture here I think is a very troubling one that has to do with the re emergence of anti Israel sentiment in the Arab world since the Arabs friends and most especially.
Third shifting policy of Turkey in the region.
Prime minister of Turkey now campaigning in the same UN meeting against Israel and very harsh terms they use to kill longer well I think that climate is.
What Abbas is trying to do here.
It is facilitating.
A certain kind of confidence the Palestinians have they don't need to play.
The American game anymore that they might have support in the region.
The issue is not power.
And in state it's whether there -- statehood with peace without peace.
Everybody in America there's a consensus in America consensus in Israel about a Palestinian state these -- have offered a Palestinian state.
Who is incredibly generous terms -- been rejected the statement of the Israeli prime minister today is actually correct Israel seeks peace.
But the Palestinian state.
And the Palestinians seek -- -- without peace that's the point.
Of the UN -- The statehood within peace negotiations has been America's policy.
For at least eighteen years and this is a rejection of that and pairing up of -- and undermining -- -- peace negotiations.
Last topic down -- -- quickly about the continuing resolution possible -- standoff.
Here and the government shut down Charles.
Republicans have to be quite wary regardless of who really is responsible.
If there isn't shut down or even brinksmanship the Republicans -- get the blame.
As happened in the debt ceiling negotiations so I I would tread carefully you know -- -- -- to get hammered on that issue gratuitously.
Chuck Green jobs right in the middle of this aren't -- the alternative vehicle funding program I think it was a little too clever by half when the Republicans.
When after that that was two provocative and it stiffened the Democrats on.
Tucker but that doesn't change the fundamental question in this debate which is should we or should we not actually pay for disaster relief when we offer it to the states I think Republican should -- to first principles.
And remind the public that there is actually.
A real argument at the court here do we have to actually pay for -- -- not.
And that's the law.