Insight into potential Israel, Hamas cease-fire agreement
Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Michael Oren weighs in
- Duration 4:28
- Date Nov 20, 2012
Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Michael Oren weighs in
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Thanks and let's get an insight now on the potential cease fire agreement from Israel's ambassador to the US Michael Oren ambassador thank you for coming -- -- review the tension I want to ask you about some of the players that we have in these negotiations right now let's start with Hamas writers are saying that they have essentially put some things on the table Israel has yet to respond to what they've proposed is there anything you can tell us about that.
Hamas is saying that I wouldn't exactly take Collins is a credible source -- that that there's no secret formula -- very simple Hamas has got to stop firing.
At a million a half Israelis.
Who have been under shell fire for a week now they fired 1500.
Rockets in the last week.
-- over the course of 2012 about 700 rockets so these are people living in constant fear that's got to stop.
We have to create a situation where terrorists in Gaza cannot decide every month or -- every week.
To open fire on half our population and and and paralyze our country.
And we have to create a situation where the Iranians cannot smuggle in advance weaponry into Gaza.
I -- at the Red Sea or Overland from Libya.
How direct to player do you think Iran is in what is playing out right now.
Well all these terrorist groups Hamas is so is gets funds from Iran.
There were -- -- terrorist organization such as Islamic Jihad which -- country entirely controlled.
And funded by Iran so Gaza is in -- -- -- outpost where fighting Iran in Gaza.
Fifty years ago the Cuban missile crisis the United States was was up against Cuba wasn't Cuba -- up against against the Soviet Union went up against Gaza -- up against Iran.
Okay secretary of state Clinton again we talked about how she was winding down time we assumed -- -- in a way that would be quiet farewell tour for hurt not so much right now she is gone.
To meet with several folks involved here she was in Jerusalem with prime minister Netanyahu.
-- her next stop will be in Ramallah with President Abbas.
So what can you tell us about whether you think he will have any impacts -- he have any impact on Hamas and influencing them.
-- well Hamas has declared war as much on -- Fatah which is the organization that Abbas has -- has an Israel in 2007.
I'll (%expletive) (%expletive) out of out of out of Gaza they threw a lot of -- (%expletive) up people off the top of roofs and shot them in the streets.
I think that the secretary is focusing on another effort by Hamas to declare a Palestinian state unilaterally in the UN.
Which will not be -- which will not be helpful.
But Abbas can send a message out.
That he wants a cease fire that Abbas can can come out and say that there should be.
The way to reaching a conclusion.
Of the conflict.
That's gone on for so many decades is not through firing not you're shooting not through violence but the negotiation will they listen to him.
Well class has not listen to Abbas recent again they that he they have declared war against -- -- -- -- as much as -- declared a war against us.
OK let's look into the next leg of her trip which takes her to Egypt with president Morsi.
Obviously the change in leadership in Egypt has changed thanks and that region how hopeful are you that he will.
It would be a neutral advocated in this process do you think he is neutral in this process.
Well Egypt in the past has played -- constructive role in mediating.
Between us and other.
Factors in the region such as Hamas and we hope that -- you'll continue to be constructive.
We tend to focus on Egyptian deeds and not Egyptian words and we hope those JD's will continue to be constructive.
At this point based on -- you know and what you can share publicly do you think we're closer to a cease fire are closer to Israel moving in on the ground.
Well they get to question you'd probably have to direct to Hamas if Hamas against stops firing at us.
If they agree to be the mechanisms that would prevent the smuggling of -- -- and long range missiles into Gaza.
If we can great situation will -- and not be able to shoot at us whenever they feel like can paralyze our country.
We will we will agree to that cease fire.
Until that time we have a right -- and we have a duty to defend our citizens and we'll take all necessary and legitimate -- measures.
To make sure that our citizens can live in peace are you comfortable with how clear the president President Obama has been on -- point very much president has expressed.
His support for -- -- right to defend itself are right to choose how to defend ourselves.
He has placed the -- the blame for this violence foursquare on the shoulders of Hamas.
He's spoken to two primes and it's and now three times over the course the last week alone.
-- and we know this is very busy time for you thank you for coming and we -- was a pleasure thank you.