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All right now a cease fire deal between Israel Hamas is close according to Egyptian negotiators but.
Hamas leaders demanding Israel and its blockade of Gaza and that could allow a a huge influx Israel fears of weapons into the hands of Islamic militants.
Now the current Israeli ambassador to US is -- going to mr.
ambassador good to have you on our program and good morning to you.
Morning bill good to be -- these reports out of Cairo true or they close to being true or is Israel ready for ground invasion.
Like I can't confirm the reports bill we do want an end of the fighting.
We want Hamas to stop shooting at five and a half million Israeli families which today.
-- are not camping out outside you heard your last report they're actually in bomb shelters.
They've had a thousand rockets fired at them.
We want Hamas to stop firing -- us and we want to create a situation where.
They cannot fire at us every other day and paralyze half the country that's what was going on before this latest round -- firing.
What would prevent mr.
-- ground invasion.
Hamas simply has to stop firing.
And we have to create a situation where they cannot go back to where they were before where every other week.
Some Hamas rocket people would start firing dozens of rockets into the southern part of the country and send a million Israelis into bomb shelters.
But no country would tolerate that type of situation.
President Obama has said that no country would -- that situation that Israel has the right to defend itself and has the right to decide how best to defend itself.
I want to show the long term picture and what the Israeli government's been arguing publicly okay on our map here here is Ghazi it runs for about 25 miles in length.
The width of the Gaza Strip about seven miles here about three and a half over here you have -- that's a border checkpoint.
Where the Israeli government house has documented that weapons have gone under.
Various tunnels and roads that -- come -- just a little bit here show you a wider area here because what.
But we've been hearing is about the Sinai Peninsula ever since Mubarak was thrown out of power that that has become much more lawless in the past as the reports anyway.
And for the map here here's Cairo located down here on the left one more advance here and I want to show folks.
What's happening since the fall of Qaddafi -- police here.
Ben -- he's here the -- -- you and others are making is that some of them militant weapons are coming across the border and Libya.
Through Egypt and up into.
The Gaza Strip.
And I don't know what you do long term but there's also report that came out over the weekend -- this was detailed.
Quite a bit in the New York Times -- take it one more step one more advance on the map.
And the issue of Iran over here to the -- reports -- that Iran are shipping to.
Weapons and rockets into Sudan than they -- -- north through Egypt and then into the Gaza Strip there as well.
If that is the argument you're making how in the world do you stop this once and for -- Well our problem is not our border with Gaza but other countries' borders the Gaza -- -- axis is -- said -- of Libyan arms and arms that come from Iran through Sudan.
Among the rockets being fired at -- -- the fog your five rockets which come directly.
We know that Hamas terrorists have trained with the Iranians.
There's a strong connection you know.
On your map I can't see your map bill but Gaza looks like a small place.
But this is no more -- struggle between Israel and small Gaza.
Then the Cuban missile crisis was a struggle between the United States and Cuba -- -- the Cuba and the Cuban missile crisis -- the Soviet Union.
-- time -- terrorists in Gaza stand -- wrong.
All of these terrorist groups 21 large degree or another are supplied.
And and funded and directed.
Be terrible regime any -- Serve -- we come back to the basic question and that is what the world is waiting to know will there be an invasion of Gaza or not.
Well we have to keep that option open bill.
When you have over half of your population in bomb shelters.
Are no more than a 152.
Run to the nearest bomb -- that's how long you have between the time the siren goes off before the rocket explodes in your neighborhood.
No country can -- tolerate that for much longer.
And if Hamas keeps escalating keeps firing -- we have to keep the ground option -- what are you willing to give them.
When we would want to give them anything they're terrorists they're shooting -- -- -- we we woke up 1 morning and found our population.
Being -- -- -- their utmost.
All they have to do.
What they wanna do in their own side the border that's their business if Hamas wants to invest.
Everything it has in rockets and munitions and deny their people basic rights build schools and hospitals ball that's their business and we hope someday the people of Gaza will throw them out.
What we wanna do is live in peace we want to live in peace with ourselves up with all of our -- someday we hope.
And that's what we ask that's what we're demanding.
That's what we'll bring it to an end to the girl who's watching and waiting and mr.
ambassador thank -- would be in contact review as well as many others.
In this current -- like Michael Oren as our guest today out of Washington.
Thank you mark.
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