December 28th, 2014
06:41 PM ET

Senator Graham "I can't imagine anything this massive happening in North Korea without China being involved"

In an interview scheduled to air on CNN's State of the Union, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke to Dana Bash about the North Korean hacking crisis, the closing of Guantanamo Bay, the nuclear negotiations with Iran, and the Republican playing field in 2016.


On North Korea's hacking: “You can't talk about North Korea without talking about China. You need to have a heart to heart with the Chinese. I can't imagine anything this massive happening in North Korea without China being involved...”

On closing Guantanamo Bay: “I don't think there's any appetite in Congress to close Guantanamo Bay. I think the American people want to keep it open. And after the rise of ISIS and ISIL throughout the Mideast, most people in the world are more worried about terrorists leaving Guantanamo Bay than they are of the prison being opened."

On reaching an Iranian nuclear deal: “The Sunni Arabs and the Israelis are of one accord. Both of them fear dramatically the effects of a bad deal. I would like to end the nuclear ambitions of the Iranians peacefully, but the deal needs to be looked at and approved by Congress. They have been trying to develop a nuclear weapon, not a peaceful nuclear power program. And of all of the things that could throw the world into more chaos than exists today, it would be a bad deal regarding the Iranian nuclear ambitions.”
Full transcript after the jump. FULL POST

December 14th, 2014
01:19 PM ET

Israeli econ minister, "I will not give up land to Arabs anymore."

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Naftali Bennett, the economic minister in Prime Minister Netanyahu's cabinet and the leader of the ultra-conservative Jewish Home party, to discuss the Israeli elections, Palestinian statehood, and European divestment of Israel.


On rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state: The notion of injecting a state, dividing Jerusalem, dividing up the country and splitting and slicing it, is not sustainable. When we did it in Gaza, we gave them Gaza, right? And it turned into a terrible Afghanistan in the middle of Israel. We can't do it again. We can't commit suicide. We have to be more rational about things.”

On European divestment of Israel: “The boycott and divestment against Israel, in my opinion, is simply anti-Semitism, because we're the only country that takes care of its minorities, the only country where everyone can vote, Arabs and Jews. We're not cutting off heads. We allow women to drive, not like in other Arab countries. So to pinpoint the Jewish state as a - as a target for a boycott and divestment is blatant anti-Semitism. And I have no sympathy for that.”

Full transcript after the jump. FULL POST

October 5th, 2014
11:35 AM ET

PM Netanyahu on Fareed Zakaria GPS

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Fareed Zakaria and Prime Minister Netanyahu discuss negotiations with Hamas, cooperation with Arab nations, prospects of a two-state solution, and nuclear proliferation in Iran.


Netanyahu on cooperation with Arab states: “There's a commonality of interests that has crystallized and I've never seen in my lifetime, because they - all the Arab states identify, as we do, these twin challenges of a nuclear Iran and the radical Sunnis making inroads into Sunni states.”

Netanyahu on negotiating with Hamas: “I negotiate with an enemy who wants to stop being my enemy. That’s how you make peace. An enemy who wants to destroy you remains committed to your obliteration is not - is not someone you can negotiate with.”

Netanyahu on Iran’s nuclear program: “They say we want civilian nuclear energy. Well, so does Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, Sweden. Seventeen countries that have civilian nuclear energy and they don't have a single centrifuge, because you really need centrifuges not for civilian energy, but to make bombs.”

Netanyahu on a Palestinian state: “I think the solution lies in long-term security arrangements that involve Israel for a protracted period of time”

 A full transcript of the interview is available after the jump.


Topics: CNN • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Gaza • Iran • Iraq • ISIS • Israel
September 28th, 2014
03:09 PM ET

Shimon Peres on Fareed Zakaria GPS

On CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS, Fareed sits down with Shimon Peres who has worked at the highest levels of Israel’s government for decades. Peres discusses the prospects for peace in the Middle East and his future career aspirations.


Peres on Palestinian statehood: “I think they have to give to them the state.  I don't have the slightest doubt about it”

Peres on security in the Middle East: “I don't think there will be more wars.  It's being replaced by terror.  It's a difficult sort of a conflict.  Usually, you have two armies. One won, the other lost.  But now we have hundreds and hundreds of small terrorist groups.  They don't have a policy.  They have more of a protest. They don't have a tomorrow.  They are going back to yesterday.”

A full transcript of the interview is available a after the jump.

Topics: CNN • CNN Politics • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Israel
August 5th, 2014
12:20 AM ET

Did Hamas really use human shields? CNN's Randi Kaye takes a closer look

Israel claims that Hamas is intentionally putting Palestinian civilians in harms way. Randi Kaye takes a closer look at what the Israeli military says is evidence that Hamas has developed a strategy of using human shields.

Chris Gunness is the spokesman for the United Nation's Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees. He says the one thing the U.N. cannot deliver is security.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper • Gaza • Israel • Randi Kaye
July 24th, 2014
03:28 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: Turkish PM Erdogan sits down with CNN's Becky Anderson

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson (@beckycnn), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke about the situation in Gaza, calling it a “genocide by Israel.”

“Nazism, the Fascism that was applied by Hitler, if you put all these on the table just like that, you can see that what Israel does to Palestine, to Gaza right now, has surpassed what Hitler did to them,” Erdogan said. “We don't approve. We don't accept what Hitler did either, but right now, we do not accept this persecution, the massacre, the genocide by Israel. Hamas and Fatah are unified in respect of this two-state structure, and they've formed a national consensus government. Israel does not want this government to make progress, they want to break it up.”

Erdogan also accused Israel of being a “terror state,” saying the country’s operation in Gaza was “creating a wave of terror.” FULL POST

Topics: Becky Anderson • Connect the World • Egypt • Gaza • Israel • Turkey
July 21st, 2014
11:39 AM ET

CNN Coverage: the downing of Malaysia Flight #17 in Ukraine and Gaza-Israel Crisis

Monday, July 21:

CNN's Chris Cuomo sits down with the rebel leader of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Borodai to discuss the downing of MH17.

Sunday, July 20:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to CNN's Wolf Blitzer:  “I support taking whatever action is necessary to stop this insane situation…"

On CNN's State of the Union: Secretary of State John Kerry to CNN's Candy Crowley: "There is no trust with the Russians" 

CNN correspondents on the ground covering Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash in Ukraine and Gaza-Israel crisis from the following locations:


Phil Black – @PhilBlackCNN

Ivan Watson – @IvanCNN

Chris Cuomo – @ChrisCuomo

Nick Paton Walsh – @npwcnn

Kyung Lah – @kyunglahCNN


Moscow, Russia:

Diana Magnay – @dimagnayCNN


Amsterdam, Netherlands:

Erin McLaughlin – @ErinCNN

Saima Mohsin – @SaimaMohsin


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

Andrew Stevens – @AndrewCNN



Wolf Blitzer – @wolfblitzer

Martin Savidge – @martinsavidge

John Vause – @vauseCNN


Israel at Gaza border:

Atika Shubert – @atikaCNN



Ben Wedeman – @benCNN

Karl Penhaul – @karlpenhaul



Barbara Starr – @barbarastarcnn


State Department:

Elise Labott – @eliselabottcnn


United Nations:

Richard Roth – @RichardRothCNN


July 9th, 2014
02:24 PM ET

Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks exclusively to CNN's Becky Anderson

Israel’s President Shimon Peres says his country has warned Gaza’s militants to stop firing rockets at Israel.

“We didn’t start the war today, they started it already several days ago,” Peres said Wednesday in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson (@beckycnn). “We warned them, we asked them to stop it…we waited one day, two days, three days and they continued, and they spread their fire on more areas in Israel.”

He also said that a ground offensive on Gaza “may happen quite soon.” Referring to rockets being fired from Gaza, Peres said “if they will stop for example tonight, there won’t be any ground entrance – but if they will continue, sooner or later this will be the response.”

Topics: Becky Anderson • Gaza • Israel
Syrian officials speak exclusively to CNN's Fred Pleitgen
May 6th, 2013
11:59 AM ET

Syrian officials speak exclusively to CNN's Fred Pleitgen

CNN correspondent Fred Pleitgen (@fpleitgencnn) continues to report from Damascus on heightened tensions surrounding alleged Israeli airstrikes and reports on the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria.

In an exclusive interview with CNN Sunday, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad said the attacks on the nation's military research facility amount to a "declaration of war" by Israel. Watch that interview here. 

Last week, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi told CNN exclusively  that his government had not, and "would never use" chemical munitions - "if we had them." Watch that interview here. 

Topics: CNN • Frederik Pleitgen • Israel • Syria
November 21st, 2012
04:40 PM ET

Hamas political leader to Amanpour on Israel's right to exist: "I need recognition, not the Israelis"

Khaled Meshaal , the political leader of the Palestinian organization Hamas,  spoke exclusively with Christiane Amanpour from Cairo, Egypt for the Wednesday, Nov. 21st edition of Amanpour.   Amanpour pressed him on whether his organization was responsible for the bombing of a civilian passenger bus in Tel Aviv, whether Hamas would agree to a ceasefire with Israel, and under what conditions Hamas would agree to recognize the State of Israel.

The following is an excerpt from the interview:

AMANPOUR:  You say you would prefer the route that did not cause so much violence, so much death.  And yet, you say that you would accept a two-state solution, but that you will not recognize Israel's right to exist.  Is that still the case?

MESHAAL (through translator):  First of all, the offer must come from the attacker, from Israel, which has the arsenal, not from the victim.  Second, I say to you from 20 years ago and more, the Palestinians and Arabs are offering peace.  But peace is destroying peace through aggression and war and killing.

This idea (ph), this touch failed experiences, we have two options.  No other.  Either there's an international will, led by the U.S. and Europe and the international community and force Israel to go through the way of peace and a Palestinian state, according to the border of 1967 with the right to return.  And this is something we have agreed upon as Palestinians, as a common program.

But if Israel can continue to refuse this, either the - either we force them or resist to - resort to resistance.  I accept a state of the 1967.  How can I accept Israel?  They have occupied my land.  I need recognition, not the Israelis.  This is a reversed question.

The full transcript of this program may be found here.  This edition of Amanpour aired on Wednesday, Nov. 21 on CNN International at 3:00pmET in the North America.   In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN International at 21:00 CET.


Topics: Amanpour • Breaking News • Christiane Amanpour • CNN International • Gaza • Israel
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