Can Secretary Clinton broker a Mideast ceasefire?
Gen. Jack Keane weighs in
- Duration 4:48
- Date Nov 21, 2012
Gen. Jack Keane weighs in
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New efforts today to try to bring to an end the violence between Hamas militants terrorists in Israel.
Secretary of state Hillary Clinton is in the region holding talks with Egypt's president today earlier she met.
With Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and had this to say.
America's commitment to Israel's security is rock solid and on wavering.
That is why we believe it is -- two.
The rocket attacks from terrorist organizations inside Gaza on Israeli cities and towns must hand.
And they broader top story.
General Jack he's.
For a vice chief of staff of the army retired four star general and Fox News military analyst he advised.
Secretary Clinton on and off for many years channel great see you this is shuttle diplomacy she's engaging in she's in and been in Jerusalem.
Ramallah now in Cairo.
Can a cease fire really be brokered here.
-- I don't think she'd be here frankly.
Unless they believe that the cease fire can be obtained and I also believe that she's also here because they probably have some legitimate concerns about net net -- Going in on the ground in Gaza and that's virtually impossible while she's here trying to working here.
What -- -- -- Hamas want out of this.
They -- wanna open borders.
Access to those borders in -- way they don't have -- now they want the naval blockade removed and in general.
They -- to significant improvement in trade wouldn't that facilitate the smuggling of even more.
Rockets and weaponry into Gaza and most of those are made by Iran.
Sure -- -- remain a rams got us -- -- over all of these rockets that are currently in Gaza.
And they're pushing them through Africa into the Sinai and that what.
Increase if the -- -- border access defense minister Ehud Barack and Israel once said.
Not too long ago that was two years of calm in this region of the world pretty good deal for Israelis.
What are they looking for.
He wants to obviously the rockets to stop farm but not just in the near term.
He wants him in the long term -- -- to be endure and he wants this to stop the sporadic intermittent firing rockets which has gone on.
The last four years he wants to -- all of that down he wants a shot the son died down as the trafficking point for arms and also from which terrorist attacks come.
All these issues on the table a pretty tough to obtain quite frankly how successful as the Israelis.
Then so far in destroying or degrading.
The ability of home loss to launch these terrorist attacks.
The iron dome system and -- truly worked -- remarkable capability when you think they have fired 15100 rockets they've only had to respond.
Which -- interceptors to 360 because so heading towards population sends an of that.
They've not found 90% of them.
If they did not have that success and they were taken high casualties they would have been in Gaza on the ground -- this thing would have escalated rather dramatically.
Because of course is controlled by Hamas which is still designated by our US State Department as a terrorist organization.
The West Bank controlled by the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas how much.
Leverage your influence -- -- have this process.
He doesn't have much quite frankly I mean.
Hamas has not recognized Israel its stated objective is destruction of the State of Israel none of those concerns of some have been removed.
They'll be a cease fire to be sure.
But in the future we're gonna have a repeat of this time let's talk a little bit about Egypt that's where Secretary Clinton is right now meeting with president more -- The Muslim Brotherhood and is there a new Islamic government the -- which changes the dynamic dramatically.
Be -- economic chaos in Egypt we provide -- millions in aid.
We're threatening some senators are threatening to withhold that is that our leverage.
There's certainly it was a more serious step up to the plate to do what his predecessor had done for thirty years and that's fulfill the role of -- peacemaker.
I think for many observing this suits that's a welcome geopolitical -- also somewhat of a surprise but let's not kid ourselves and in more cities.
Motivations are as you suggest we provide him billions in aid on an annual basis he needs that money he wants a relationship with the United States.
At the same time.
He has an audience there and he -- that clearly is backing Hamas in this event.
Tennis anti Israel has to cater to both -- general Jack Keane as always great to see -- experience and happy Thanksgiving -- to Heather.