CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed former Israeli Foreign Minister and former Kadima Party chair, Tzipi Livni about Israel and partisan politics in the upcoming national elections in America, debate in Israel over benefits for the Haredim, the deteriorating situation in Syria, and the international response to Iran. The full transcript for this program is available here.
Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S. In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.
For the Monday, July 9th edition of Amanpour, host Christiane Amanpour interviewed the president of the Center for the National Interest, Dimitri Simes, for insights into Russia's resistance to Western intervention in Syria – and asked whether that position may be evolving. This is a portion of that exchange:
AMANPOUR: Well, you say Russia wouldn't resist. Do you mean if the United States decided to gather its own coalition and do, for instance, what it did in Kosovo, do an end run around Russia, that Russia would not resist?
SIMES: Well, since you asked, recently had a top-level Russian delegation hosted by the Center for the National Interest, it included a senior Russians official being there in an official capacity. And we had a private dinner this question was raised, and the answer was very clear. Russia would not welcome such an intervention; Russia would not approve such an intervention. It would not resist such an intervention and this intervention would not become a major issue in the U.S.-Russian relationship.
Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S. The full transcript for this program is available here. In Europe, Amanpour airs on CNN Internatioanl at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET.
Egyptian presidential frontrunner Dr. Amr Moussa joined CNN International's Christiane Amanpour for the Wednesday, May 16 edition of Amanpour. Dr. Moussa discussed what he thought about the potential policy implications for a Romney Administration for his region. This was his response:
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, HOST OF "AMANPOUR": What do you make of the challengers, the Republican challengers. Now it’s basically boiled down to Mitt Romney. Their potential policy in your region.
DR. AMR MOUSSA, EGYPTIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, I take what Mr. Romney says as electoral rhetoric. And I hope that if elected he will reconsider such positions that if, really, he means what he says, will be detrimental to the interests and prestige and relations of the United States with the whole of this region.
AMANPOUR: Specifically what?
MOUSSA: Well if, if, if his position is that aligned to the, the, the most fanatic Israeli current policies, Israeli current policy, so it will be very negative I must say.
Amanpour airs weekdays on CNN International at 3:00pm with a replay at 5:00pm Eastern in the U.S. and at 21:00 CET, with a replay at 23:00 CET. The full transcript for this program will be posted here later today.
For the Monday, April 30 edition of Amanpour, host Christiane Amanpour interviewed former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Iran's nuclear program and the ongoing uprising inside Syria. This is the exchange regarding Mr. Olmert's views on the security intelligence regarding Iran:
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, HOST of ‘AMANPOUR’ on CNN INTERNATIONAL: There’s a big debate going on within Israel right now, mostly by the security community. Meir Dagan, the former head of Mossad, in fact, your current head of the IDF, General Benny Gantz and others, calling the Iranian leadership rational and questioning whether there should be a rush to military action against Iran, or whether Iran will rush to make a nuclear bomb. Do you agree with the description of the leadership as rational? FULL POST
On the Wednesday, April 24th edition of Amanpour, Christiane Amanpour interviewed Hossein Mousavian, a former member of Iran's nuclear negotiation team, regarding his insights on Iran's nuclear program. Mousavian offered signs that he feels indicate Iran is negotiating in good faith with the international team on nuclear weapons nonproliferation. This is the exchange:
AMANPOUR: ...When I spoke to Israel's defense minister, Ehud Barak, last week, I promised to bring the other side. And who better to give it than a former member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team... Hossein Mousavian spent decades as part of Iran's foreign policy team, most recently serving on the nuclear negotiating team. But when conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took over the presidency in 2005, Mousavian was ousted for his moderate views, and soon after was charged with espionage, a charge that was later dropped. He was cleared of it.
Today, he's a visiting scholar at Princeton University. Mousavian says that he is not seeking asylum and fully intends to go back to Iran. But for now, he's here, uniquely qualified to give us a glimpse into the minds of the Iranian leadership. Ambassador Mousavian, thank you for joining me -
HOSSEIN MOUSAVIAN, IRANIAN POLICYMAKER AND SCHOLAR: Thank you.
AMANPOUR: –thank you for coming in. You heard Senator John Kerry and you've heard a lot of people, including Iranian officials, sound optimistic about the talks that have already got underway. Are you - do share that, having spoken to your former colleagues, who know about the negotiations? FULL POST