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Middle East / Israelis vs. Palestinians / Violence / Lebanon, Gaza / A Discussion #833539

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 12, 2006
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) "All the angles" on events in the Middle East introduced.

(Israel: John Vause) The developing story of the Israeli air, sea & land strikes against Hizballah in southern Lebanon following a Hizballah attack in which two Israelis soldiers were taken hostage reviewed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Gaza: Ben Wedeman) A bloody day in Gaza reviewed; details given about the lack of electricity & water in the region; scenes shown of bombed-out buildings & fires.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The "raw data" from the Council on Foreign Relations on Hamas & Hizballah outlined on screen.

(Jerusalem: Paula Hancocks) The recent history of violence between Israeli, the Palestinians & Hizballah in Lebanon reviewed; scenes shown of the fighting. [Israeli Ambassador to U.N. Dan GILLERMAN†- says we consider this an act of war by the government of Lebanon.] [Israeli Prime Minister Ehud OLMERT†- {thru translator} says they will pay a heavy price.] [Hizballah leader Hassan NASRALLAH†- {thru translator} says they will only get the prisoner back through a strike.] [Israeli foreign ministry official Gideon MEIR†- says Syria & Iran have given their blessing.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Taped discussion held with Brookings Inst. Saban Center's Martin Indyk & "Blow the House Down" author Bob Baer about the Middle East. [BAER - says Hizballah is likely acting on the behest of Iran; states Syria has taken a back seat in the conflict.] [INDYK - says the escalating crisis serves Iran well & that Hizballah has been trying to kidnap Israeli soldiers; outlines the problem for Israel in reestablishing deterrence before a prisoner deal; outlines the limits to what the US, an ally of Israel, can do.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Vause, John;
Wedeman, Ben;
Hancocks, Paula

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