Israel, the US and the Crisis in Gaza
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Israel responded to rocket attacks by striking Gaza by air today, but insists it will not be drawn into a ground invasion. Are Hamas and Fatah headed toward civil war? Can the US give aid to Fatah and still be a voice for peace? Also, the Bush-Blair mutual appreciation meeting and, on Reporter's Notebook, today's World Bank board meeting on Paul Wolofowitz. President Bush says he's sorry "it's come to this."
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Bush's Warm Words for Blair at Farewell Summit ()
Britain's outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair was at the White House today for a public session of mutual appreciation with President Bush. At their joint news conference, the President had surprisingly kind words for the Democratic leaders of Congress and said his Chief of Staff Josh Bolten is making progress on a spending bill for Iraq. Ron Hutcheson is White House correspondent for the McClatchy News Service.
- Ron Hutcheson: White House Correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers
Anarchy in Gaza Pushes Unity Government to the Brink ()
After last year's disastrous invasion of Lebanon, Israel says it will not be dragged into a land-invasion of Gaza, but it did strike three times from the air today after Hamas fired rockets into the Israeli city of Sderot. Hamas warns that suicide bombs may be next. Meantime, deadly shoot-outs between Hamas and Fatah have left more than 40 people dead and the two Palestinian factions have all but destroyed their "unity government." Can Israel stay out of what may become civil war? What about US assistance to Fatah and its regional efforts at peace?
- Steven Erlanger: Jerusalem Bureau Chief, New York Times, @StevenErlanger
- Asad Abu Sharkh: Political commentator
- Ghassan Khatib: Jerusalem Media and Communications Center
- Yossi Alpher: Co-Editor of BitterLemons.org
- Jonathan Broder: Defense and Foreign Policy Editor, Congressional Quarterly
World Bank Board Meets to Determine Wolfowitz's Future ()
Paul Wolfowitz's attorney has said that his client "will not resign under a cloud," but even President Bush sounds resigned to his departure. During today's joint news conference with Prime Minister Blair, Bush was asked about Wolfowitz's fate as president of the World Bank. Top White House officials have lobbied the bank's main shareholders in Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan, but only Japan has stood by Wolfowitz. Krishna Guha has been following the story for the Financial Times.
- Krishna Guha: Chief US Correspondent for the Financial Times
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