April 7th, 2015
01:53 AM ET

Sen. Feinstein on Israeli PM Netanyahu "he has put out no real alternative"

On Sunday's edition of CNN's State of the Union, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) joined CNN’s Jim Acosta about Israeli’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Iranian nuclear deals, and the drought in California.

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Feinstein on Netanyahu: “this can backfire on him. And I wish that he would contain himself, because he has put out no real alternative, in his speech to the Congress, no real alternative, since then, no real alternative.”
Feinstein on the California drought: Well, I think our snowpack, which is a big source of spring runoff for the state, is at 8 percent of what it should be. That is an historic low.  I think it's very serious. We have, you know, close to 38 million people in this state. It's going to mean mandatory rationing. It's going to mean the fallowing of large amounts of agricultural land. It's going to mean being able to try to work our systems more efficiently. And it's a very, very serious problem. “
Feinstein on trusting Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif: “: I believe he is sincere. I believe that President Rouhani wants this. And it looks like the supreme leader will be agreeable. Now, having said that, we have got everybody jumping to conclusions in the Congress. This agreement has to be written up into a binding kind of agreement. And that's the document that we all need to see, the final document.”
 
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Topics: Iran • Israel • Jim Acosta • State of the Union
April 5th, 2015
02:46 PM ET

Netanyahu: I respect President Obama

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to CNN’s Jim Acosta about the international nuclear negotiations with Iran.


Topics: Iran • Israel • Jim Acosta • State of the Union
March 1st, 2015
02:21 PM ET

Israeli Opposition Leader: "Netanyahu's speech in Congress is a mistake"


CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Isaac Herzog, member of Israel’s Knesset and chairman of the Labour Party.  He spoke about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress, nuclear negotiations with Iran, whether a two-state solution with the Palestinians is still  viable, and the U.S. – Israel relationship.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

On whether a two-state solution with the Palestinians is still viable

ZAKARIA: The Israeli NGO Peace Now has released a report that says that there has been a 40 percent rise in settlement activity, construction, in the West Bank, since last year. A lot of people believe, at this point, a two-state solution is really going to be very, very difficult.  Do you believe, if you were prime minister, that there is an actual path to a two-state solution, and what is it? FULL POST


Topics: Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran • ISIS • Israel
March 1st, 2015
02:13 PM ET

Sen. Feinstein: “that arrogance does not befit Israel” on PM Netanyahu

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) spoke to CNN’s Dana Bash about the stalemate in Washington over Department of Homeland Security funding and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

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Feinstein: Netanyahu doesn't speak for me

Feinstein: Compromise is not a dirty word

Feinstein: Netanyahu "arrogant"

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On Netanyahu’s claim that he speaks for the entire Jewish community: “I think it's a rather arrogant statement.  I think the Jewish community is like any other community. There are different points of view. So, I - I think that arrogance does not befit Israel, candidly. I think Israel is a nation that needs to be protected, that needs to stand free, that hopefully can work constructively with Palestinians to have a side-by-side state, and to put an end to the bitterness that has plagued this whole area.”

On Netanyahu’s speech to Congress: “I intend to go. And I will listen respectively - respectfully. I don't intend to jump up and down.”

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Topics: Dana Bash • Iran • Iraq • ISIS • Israel • State of the Union
March 1st, 2015
02:08 PM ET

Jordan's King Abdullah "this is a third World War by other means"

King Abdullah interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in Jordan

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS Global Television Exclusive

The following is a transcript from an exclusive interview between King Abdullah of Jordan and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria at al-Husseiniya Palace in Amman, Jordan.  King Abdullah spoke with Fareed Zakaria in his first interview since ISIS released the video documenting the murder of the Royal Jordanian Air Force pilot, lieutenant Moath al-Kasasbeh.

TEXT HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS

ON CALLING ISIS ‘ISLAMIC’ FULL POST


Topics: Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iraq • ISIS • Israel • Syria
February 22nd, 2015
03:03 PM ET

Gov. Kasich: fighting ISIS "at some point it will require boots on the ground"

CNN’s State of the Union features Gloria Borger’s exclusive interview with Ohio Governor John Kasich (R-OH) about his possible presidential campaign, the Republican Party platform, and U.S. foreign policy.

 


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Kasich on the 2016 election: “a Republican can't be elected president without winning Ohio, and if they're going to come to Ohio, extremism isn't going to work.”

Kasich on ISIS policy: “I'm just suggesting to you that at some point, in dealing with ISIS, you mark my words, whether John Kasich, you ever hear from him again, at some point it will require boots on the ground from the world to be able to deal with this problem. And I would rather deal with it sooner than later, but you just don't go running over there. You've got to have a battle plan, you've got to figure out exactly what you're going to do, but I would never suggest that we should engage in nation building, or trying to convert all these people to our way of life. We need stability, and we need to stop this.”

Kasich on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress: “Well I'd have a meeting with him. We'd have a cup of coffee, why not? This is, they're making such a big deal. And the guy, you know, been invited to come speak to Congress. Let him speak, and the president can have a meeting with him, they don't have to have a photo op or anything but of course you go and you talk to him. I mean that's the way I look at it. I mean, but I'm not president again and I'm not sure I will ever be president, because I haven't decided whether I'm even going to try for that yet. 24:29 But what I would tell you is use common sense. You got a foreign leader coming, a great ally of ours, he's coming here. Was it handled in maybe a clumsy way? Okay, so it was. But look, get beyond that. See that's our problem, Gloria, we spend too much time either trying to be politically correct, play to the cameras, play to our base. 24:50 I worry about America. For the first time in my lifetime, I'm worried about us. I'm worried about how our values to some degree have been eroded, of personal responsibility and compassion, and teamwork. I worry about it, I worry about the fact that we're so divided. But do I think it can be fixed? I have no doubt, because I saw Ronald Reagan do it, and I've seen other great leaders throughout history. Harry Truman, whatever party they are they can bring us together, it can happen.”
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Topics: CNN Politics • Gloria Borger • ISIS • Israel • State of the Union
February 22nd, 2015
02:47 PM ET

On GPS: A public dispute between U.S. & Israel

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features a political panel about ISIS and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East with Graeme Wood, the author of What ISIS Really Wants, Shadi Hamid, a fellow at the Brookings Institution Center for Middle East Policy, and Peter Beinart, an associate professor of political science at the City University of New York and a CNN political commentator.

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Beinart on Obama’s approach to ISIS: “From the point of view of American foreign policy, we, as a nation, have done best when we have defined our enemies narrowly. We did not fight a war - a cold war - against communism, or when we, and when we tried - for most - for our most effective periods of the Cold War, we allied with Yugoslavia, a communist country, against the Soviets. We allied with China against the Soviets. We narrowed our enemies and therefore put more strength on our side. What’s important about what Obama is doing is he's trying to keep our enemies narrow. We are going to need to ally with people who we call - maybe call themselves Islamists in order to defeat ISIS, maybe even people who call themselves Salafi jihadists, whatever that means, just as we allied with communists against the Soviet Union. We didn't fight all fascists in World War II. We never declared war on Franco's Spain. So I think the ideological part, while it's important, shouldn't be what drives American foreign policy.”

Wood on Jerusalem’s reaction to ISIS propaganda: “Certainly ISIS is no fan of Israel. But Israel's main point for ISIS is certainly its propaganda value, but also its place in the apocalypse. ISIS believes that it’s foretold that the armies of Islam will eventually rally around Jerusalem after being defeated, actually. So they believe that they will, after conquering a large area of land, eventually be reduced to a core of 5,000 fighters around Jerusalem. That's one of the most common ways that Jerusalem is referred to in the propaganda of ISIS.”

Hamid on ISIS’s targets of anger: “Where al Qaeda was obsessed with the West, ISIS is focused on Iraq, Syria, the immediate surroundings. They hate Arab rulers more than they hate Israeli leaders. And that does, that should affect how we react to them and how we think about the threat that they face. So in that sense, they're less of a direct threat on the American homeland, but they are very much a threat to Middle East stability.”

Beinart on Obama-Netanyahu rift: “The reason this clash is so fierce is it goes to the heart of the legacies of both men. Benjamin Netanyahu sincerely believes that he is Winston Churchill in the 1930s - the only person wise enough and brave enough to sound the alarm about a potential - about a potential Nazi-like threat. Barack Obama sees himself as much more akin, I would say, to Richard Nixon in the 1970s, trying to make - look at the possibilities of making an opening to Iran, which would be like an opening to China, which would rejigger the entire power balance in the Middle East and allow America to solve problems they can't solve now and put itself in a much stronger position. It's not just that these guys don't like each other. It's not just that Obama is a Democrat and that Netanyahu plays footsie with the Republicans all the time. It really goes to the core of the way they see themselves historically.”

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Topics: Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran • Iraq • ISIS • Israel
February 15th, 2015
01:54 PM ET

Panetta: Netanyahu will "make this a partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans."

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, former Secretary of Defense and former director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, joined CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta, to discuss the instability in the Middle East, Putin’s aggressive foreign policy, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, and President Obama’s performance regarding said issues.

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Topics: Iraq • ISIS • Israel • Jim Acosta • Russia • State of the Union • Syria • Ukraine
February 1st, 2015
10:55 AM ET

PRES OBAMA on Fareed Zakaria GPS

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features a wide-ranging interview with President Barack Obama in New Delhi as the President concluded his state visit to India. Topics included the impact of the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on the fragile Middle Eastern region,  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress on President Obama’s Iran policy, the need for drone use regulations, China’s apparent distress over the burgeoning Obama-Modi friendship, Russia’s failing economy and its success in de-stabilizing Ukraine, and the legacy of his administration. Videos and a full transcript of the interview are below.

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President Obama on the need for regulations regarding the use of drones

President Obama on the passing of King Abdullah

President Obama on U.S.-Israeli relationship

President Obama on Russia

President Obama on China and India

President Obama on terrorism

President Obama on radical Islam

President Obama on authoritarian allies in the Middle East

President Obama on Phil Klay’s Redeployment

Full transcript after the jump.

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Topics: CNN • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran • Iraq • ISIS • Israel • Russia • Syria
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.

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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

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