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Responding to mounting international pressure, Israel today opened a three-hour "humanitarian window" in Gaza. After that, the fighting resumed. We hear from Gaza itself, update efforts to achieve a ceasefire and talk with American Jews with conflicting opinions.  Also, President-elect Obama says the stimulus must not bust the budget. On Reporter's Notebook, is the European Union held hostage during a fight over winter fuel between Ukraine and Russia?


Banner image: Palestinian families who fled their homes because of the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip take shelter at a school run by the United Nations in Jabalia, northern Gaza on January 7, 2009. The United Nations today denied Israeli army allegations that militants were inside a school in Gaza that was hit the previous day by an Israeli strike, killing at least 42 people. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis

Reporter's Notebook Europe Shivers without Russian Gas 7 MIN, 14 SEC

During a bitter cold snap, countries from France to Turkey are faced with growing shortages of natural gas. Ukraine says Russia's Gazprom monopoly has cut off all shipments to Europe. Russia insists it's Ukraine that has shut down pipelines that cross its territory. The European Commission calls it "unacceptable" for Europe to be a hostage to the dispute. Marshall Goldman, senior scholar in Russian studies at Harvard, is author of Petrostate: Putin, Power and the New Russia.

Guests:
Marshall Goldman, Harvard's Davis Denter for Russian Studies

Petrostate

Marshall Goldman

Making News Obama Says Stimulus Must Not Bust the Budget 6 MIN, 4 SEC

Reiterating his deep concern about Gaza, President-elect Barack Obama insisted today he can't say more because only one president at a time can make foreign policy. He called domestic issues fundamentally different, especially regarding the "dire" condition of the economy. He took note of the $1.2 billion deficit and named Nancy Killefer the nation's first Chief Performance Officer to make sure it doesn't get worse.  Ron Brownstein, political director of Atlantic Media, is author of The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America.

Guests:
Ron Brownstein, National Journal (@RonBrownstein)

The Second Civil War

Ron Brownstein

Main Topic Israel, Gaza and the Prospects for Peace 35 MIN, 50 SEC

Israel is under intense international pressure, and today it suspended attacks in Gaza to ease the humanitarian crisis.  After three hours, the fighting resumed. At the United Nations, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attended a Security Council meeting on the conflict. On another front, French President Sarkozy is working with Egypt and Syria on terms of a ceasefire. Israel said it welcomes a peace effort by France and Egypt. We talk with people in Gaza itself, update the international diplomacy and hear conflicting views on the Israeli initiative from American Jews.  

Guests:
Mukhaimer Abu Saada, Professor of Political Science, al Azhar University
Anne-Sophie Bonefeld, Jerusalem-based Spokeswoman, International Committee of the Red Cross
Eric Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism
Diane Balser, Executive Director, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom
Ribhi Salem, Director, American International School

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