Israel's Gaza Offensive
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Rockets fired from the Gaza Strip continue to fall in Israel, as Israel’s retaliatory airstrikes kill more civilians in Gaza. We update the resumption of violence, the Arab spring and Israeli politics. Also, with Aung San Suu Kyi now freely elected to parliament in Myanmar, Barack Obama today became the first sitting American President to visit that country.
Banner image: Palestinians carry the body of a child from the al-Dalo family during a mass funeral in Gaza City. Photo by Mohammed Salem/Reuters
New Rules for Violence in a Changing Middle East ()
The death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza is now close to 100, many children included, with almost 800 wounded. Yesterday, a bomb missed its intended target, killing 11 people, including nine in three generations of a single family. Three Israelis have been killed by rocket fire that’s come close to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Hamas, the elected leadership in Gaza, appears emboldened by the Arab Spring, and says the barrage won’t end until Israel agrees to concessions. Prime Minister Netanyahu, facing a re-election campaign, refuses to halt Israeli airstrikes until rockets from Gaza stop falling. We update the prospects for a ceasefire, the Arab spring and Israeli politics.
- Jodi Rudoren: New York Times, @rudoren
- Karl Vick: Time Magazine, @karl_vick
- Robert Malley: International Crisis Group, @CrisisGroup
- Mouin Rabbani: Institute for Palestine Studies, @jadaliyya
- Daniel Levy: European Council on Foreign Relations, @ecfr
Obama Visits Myanmar ()
President Obama is in Cambodia after becoming the first sitting American president to visit Myanmar, also called Burma. The military dictatorship is allowing limited democratic reforms for 60 million people. The US has had no relations with Myanmar for many years, during which time Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi was under house arrest. She was recently elected to the nation's parliament. Obama's visit is designed to help solidify stunning changes. Joshua Kurlantzick, fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign relations, joined us a year ago when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Myanmar.
President Barack Obama greets Aung San Suu Kyi during a stop
at her private residence in Rangoon, Burma, November 19, 2012
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
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