Can Egypt be trusted to broker Israel, Gaza cease-fire?
Former Israeli ambassador to U.N. weighs in
- Duration 7:27
- Date Nov 20, 2012
Former Israeli ambassador to U.N. weighs in
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-- leader of Hamas says a cease fire will get underway within hours remember Hamas.
Is a terrorist groups speaking to Reuters news agency on this.
A spokesman for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is saying.
We're not there yet and even if the cease fire does taking it.
Israel remains concerned about a long term solution especially considering indiscriminate tactics used by Hamas and other terrorist.
secretary of Hamas and there's homage the other actors and do not share your concern about our civilian casualties -- about civilian centres at all.
There -- deliberately and indiscriminately and targeting arson resumes and they deliberately hide behind -- solutions.
The terrorist targets are children.
And they use their own children's human -- Ambassador Dan -- -- in Israel's former ambassadors to the UN in a Fox News contributor joins us on set now on -- agreed to have a hearing mark good to be -- job.
Let's talk about the cease fire that we're hearing so much about crucial to this cease fire apparently.
As a new president of -- how reliable.
Is a cease fire built upon this relationship with this new president any chance.
Well -- is a very very big question mark.
For the most of Egypt is that neither of the Muslim -- hold.
We're very very close ties to Hamas and two other.
On the other hand I do believe that Egypt needs.
Some kind of deal and Egypt needs to to shoulder to its leading the Arab world again it needs to.
Regain the leadership of the Arab world which it has completely lost over the last few years and what we're actually seeing today.
Is Iran trying to take over the is several qualities including forced the United States.
Egypt and Turkey very eager to broker a deal which will shoulder didn't control.
The big question -- whether anybody can really control Hamas which as you said is a terror organization brutal.
And evil and intend to -- -- killing civilians and I don't -- we can trust them.
With all due respect to your great career in diplomacy.
I'd like to ask you -- very un diplomatic question and it's a question that we really face here in the United States as well.
Cease fire being what it is or peace negotiations being what they are the terrorists continue to grow stronger -- -- more powerful weapons.
They continue to desire to kill Israelis.
Why not be more aggressive at this point.
It's a question that many many Austrian and I think that is great understanding sympathy and even admiration for the restraint which is where this -- No other country in the world no country would stand for one minute for what we have taken over use having our.
Cities and villages shelved by thousands of rockets having kindergartens and schools to -- that having children.
Getting used to the sounds of sirens and and living and if shelters are not going to school.
But in the end we just decided enough was enough -- even when we did that.
We handled this with great cool ocean with great precision.
With practically stood jury trying to avoid civilian casualties because at the end of the day.
We -- -- and rightly so.
Ahead on on a totally different moral -- -- -- much higher ground and while for Ross every dead Palestinian drug.
Is horrible mistake and a tragedy for Hamas every dead Israeli child is a great success in the -- for celebration.
That distinction is there and the reason we know little more aggressive is because we are.
We will kill civilians and we doing everything we can even at the high cost to us to avoid doing that.
With that difference of philosophy.
Between these two groups between the Israeli government and his terrorist organization.
Had you ever achieve peace.
Well I think.
The only way -- we can achieve peace.
Is by first eliminating both the capability.
And the will.
Of Hamas ever.
Doing something like that again because of that.
Just a cease fire is not enough just allowed just looking -- to sleep is not enough because this snake will raise its ugly head again.
And we cannot afford to live through that's reality again.
It is not a cease fire if it's not more aggression more missiles.
More more combat phew well we're not at that -- grant ground operations.
How do you combat the ideology that you're talking about deeply rooted against Israel and its people.
I think the only way to to calm but that ideology is by proving to the Palestinians and to the -- -- -- -- -- That -- fob bets are off living in peace raising their children to be educated rather than to become suicide bombers.
Now we have -- reality on the West Bank we have a reality with a Palestinian Authority.
World life in Ramallah and Jenin and Nablus and other cities is fall fob that there.
This -- -- economically.
Doing well what -- Gaza has become the was -- -- this prison with the Hamas holding its own citizens of million enough people.
Hostages making families live.
Over miss those this is one of the reasons this goodness -- -- because many of them and private homes and you know if you go to sleep with a miss on don't be surprised if -- don't wake up in the morning but we -- very carefully.
Not to -- civilians the only solution is we'll be -- -- -- world.
To realize that the -- threat to them is Islamic fundamentalism and extremism.
And you reunion she is them and that they should actually -- in Israel and how life.
And aligned with us -- form a coalition of the moderates which will then.
Be able to stand against that -- threat which is -- -- because one thing people don't understand that maybe don't realize.
Is that behind that terror organization behind that.
There is Iran Hamas and has.
But on nothing but -- -- -- -- that that Israel in in being more aggressive this time with the rockets it came from Gaza from Hamas.
What wait we're trying and hoping to destroy those weapons because we want to put that -- the way we're doing it.
Or so -- this in incredible.
Israeli to -- you from iron -- which intercepts them.
We we will deal with the Iran when the time comes and when we do it will be effective it would be swift it will be very very.
I I think very successful two weeks still hope.
Diplomacy would work we still hope the United States and the international community will either but if they don't.
We will and when we do.
It will be a far safer reality.
If those rogue organizations and terror regimes both in the -- in the form of Hamas in the north in the form of Hezbollah.
I'm not capable of doing what they have been doing over the last few years and.
Ambassador thanks heavy today that they Dane will contain up to watch the next several hours -- that cease fire happens thank you to and happy Thanksgiving to thank you.