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>> i've been pushing cars and makes me feel really good. >> guess what? the response has been amazing. viewers set up go fund pages, now $20,000 for him. best of all, shelby is getting job offers. that's what he needs, hand not a handout. a lot of news with miss carol costello. >> thanks so much. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- dwchl zblced zblced. good morning. i'm carol costello. next hour we will hear from the leader of the nation's closest ally in the middle east here to
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challenge president obama over iran and its nuclear program. netanyahu says any deal with israel's enemy is a threat to jews everywhere. a top jewish person speaks for it. >> netanyahu says he speaks for all jews. does he speak for you? >> no he doesn't speak for me. it's a rather arrogant statement. there are different points of view. i think arrogance does not be fit israel candidly. >> here's a measure of passion and venom, this full page ad in the "new york times" attacks top advisor susan rice accusing her of genocide and trying to silence netanyahu before his
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controversial speak to congress. reporters are set across the world to set the stage for netanyahu's speech and his major address tomorrow. first, we want to go to cnn correspondent at aipac, a pro lobbying group, joins us by phone. set the stage for us. >> reporter: carol, this is aipac's largest conference ever a sold-out crowd waiting to hear prime minister netanyahu and national security leader susan rice. obviously all attention will be focused on tomorrow's speech. today, i'm told by the prime minister minister's aid, he will try to lower the temperature. obviously this bickering over israel and his speech dilutes his message on israel and will talk about how important he feels the relationship is between the u.s. and israel and
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try to lower the temperature and say, look this is not about partisan politics. i respect the u.s. and the white house and the president for what they've done for israel. i feel i need to talk about iran. this is not a partisan issue. the relationship between the u.s. and israel has always been bipartisan and it should remain so. i think a real effort by the prime minister to stick to the substance and try to what aides call de partisanize the iran issue. >> he's facing a tough audience because aipac, that pro israel lobbying group is largely pro obama obama. i heard what you just said but netanyahu will criticize the president's policies on iran. >> reporter: i think there's an effort to keep this substance focused on the iran issue and why he feels this deal is bad for the u.s. iran and the world. i feel like today, this is a very pro israel cloud. it's divide -- pro israel crowd.
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it's divided about president obama and divided supporting a lot of republicans in this crowd. he will also try to rally everybody together. one of the things this has done for aipac is put them in a difficult position. they've always been a bipartisan group and want to lobby congress. they want to lobby congress to pass new sanctions on iran if this deal doesn't go through. by inject inging partisanship into this issue between the u.s. and israel dilutes that message and puts them in an awkward position. i think the officials at aipac have been a little bit upset about this but now all eyes focus on the prime minister's speech and they're trying to urge all members of congress to attend. >> all right. elise l arkslabbot reporting live. jim, will the president be listening? >> reporter: i think they will
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get the message. he's already gotten the message from prime minister netanyahu. he white house is offering and icy welcome to the prime minister and he's here to warn the world iran's nuclear negotiations wit backfirell backfire and will speak to that conference this morning and address the congress tomorrow. the white house is not remaining silent. national security officials and susan rice and u.n. ambassador susan powers will address aipac today. and the president is sitting down with reuters. last week you recall it was rice who said netanyahu's speech arranged by boehner is destructive but boehner said it's the white house making matters worse. here's what he had to say. >> they certainly made it worse over the last five or six weeks. the threat coming from iran iranians having a nuclear weapon
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is a threat to the region and threat to the united states and threat to the rest of the world. this is a serious issue. we're not going to resolve this issue by sticking our heads in the sand. the prime minister can talk about this threat i believe, better than any. >> reporter: what's the message over here. outwardly white house officials insist they want to emphasize the strengths of the u.s.-israel relationship. make no mistake, there are hard feelings about netanyahu's visit. one senior administration official complained to me the prime minister is turning this week into a circus and putting himself at the center of attention in washington and the president will not be sitting down with netanyahu because the white house says israel elections are just around the corner. get this one official said the prime minister should not even expect a phone call while he's in town. >> jim acosta reporting from the white house, thank you. thousands of miles away in switzerland, the talks the source of conflict between
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netanyahu and the united states are accelerating john kerry trying to hammer out a deal before the march 24th deadline. while john kerry stresses no agreement is in place the talks are centering around a timeline that will reduce the number of centrifuges and the sticking points are the length of the deal and what they're allowed to have. he sought to reduce their concerns. >> israel's security is at the forefront of all of our minds. frankly, so is the security of the other countries in the region and so is our security in the united states. >> cnn's chief national security correspondent, jim sciutto, is in switzerland this morning. jim, could netanyahu's speech de rail these talks? >> reporter: the short answer is no. the administration has decided not accept netanyahu's counsel.
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in fact they're calling him wrong in public wrong on the details of the deal as he understands them and wrong on this deal decreasing israel's security rather than improving the security. the white house saying that interim agreement in effect now is the first real progress the west has made in any way restricting iran's nuclear program. you need a negotiated deal to make both israel safer and the world safer going forward. where it could have an effect is congress. if congress is moved by him and keep in mind congress is republicanly controlled now, they could add more sanctions and the administration's carrot in these negotiations is lifting or relaxing current sanctions against iran. that at a later stage, assuming they make an agreement here could blow things out. that's already still a subject of disagreement between the west and iran. today, you had the iran foreign minister saying a short time ago they want all sanctions lifted for any agreement, a position the administration said they
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will not accept they want a gradual lifting of sanction because they want gradual lifting because they want to make sure iran is kept in compliance of the program. >> thank you. twitter is investigating threats it said were made by isis reporters saying quote you started this lost war. we told you from the beginning it's not your war but you didn't understand and closed down our accounts. we will come back but when our lions silence your breath you won't come back. tell us more. >> good morning. whenever we look at these types of threats, is this coming from an isis official or supporter or a random person online. although it doesn't appear it comes from an isis official member spokesperson of isis that uses social media, the language does make it appear it comes from an isis supporter.
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we are not going to show the images they posted. i can describe some of them. it has a digitally enhanced image of jack dorsey even with the crosshair of a weapon aim k at jack dorsey. twitter is taking it seriously enough they're looking into it in a statement, a spokesman said the following "our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials." i reached out to the fbi and we have not heard back from them yet whether they're chasing down these threats online. >> samuel burke, reporting live from london. thanks so much. police gunned down a man outside a homeless shelter on l.a. skid row. witnesses are questioning the use of deadly force. we'll talk about that next. you can call me shallow... but, i have a wandering eye. i mean, come on. national gives me the control to choose any car in the aisle i want. i could choose you...
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another deadly police shooting all caught on tape. i want to warn you might fine this video disturbing showing police fighting with a homeless man in los angeles on skid row and he tried to grab an officer's gun and three officers started firing. >> reporter: carol, the video is very hard to watch. it's intense, chaotic and disturbing because ultimately you see the death of a man on the streets of l.a. at the hands of police officers. we know from police that three officers were involved in that shooting. three separate officers fired their guns. of course, the investigation is under way. from looking at this video, give
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you a little description of what we saw and what we thought we heard. as you go through it because the scene is so chaotic, sometimes it's very difficult to discern exactly what was going on. you can certainly hear the sound of what sounds like a taser going off and you can hear officers saying "drop the gun," you do hear that and you hear what you think they say again, "drop the gun," a couple more times before you hear the sound of five gunshots. we did talk to police about what happened. they said the suspect at some point tried to wrestle with an officer's firearm. he was struggling over that firearm and that is what created the situation in his ultimate demise. the investigation does continue. what we haven't been able to see is what happened before that video started rolling. we were able to talk to the witness who took those pictures. he described a bit to us what he
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saw before he started taking those pictures. >> after the first tase he shot up -- they snatched the top off, you know what i'm saying they tased him again, they tased him again. once they tased him again, he come up out of there. >> reporter: now, we asked the los angeles police department about the criticism that is already out there on social media. there were four officers on the scene at the time. a couple more showing up afterwards why they weren't able to subdue the man and ended up shooting him. they said they are still in the midst of the investigation and how this came about and whether the shooting is proper or not. that investigation continuing because they're still talking to witnesses and there is more video out the police know of including surveillance video from one of the homeless shelters and some of the officers we're told were wearing body cams. they will be going through all that in the course of this
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investigation. carol. >> all right. thank you. still to come an outspoken critic critic shot dead on moscow street. boris nemtsov, next. a c hospital and your daughter... she's a team of leading researchers... and that brilliant idea is a breakthrough in patient treatment that could save thousands of lives. which means you need a diverse team of advisors helping you. from research data analytics all the way to transformation of clinical care. so you call pwc. the right people to get the extraordinary done. right when you feel a cold sore, abreva can heal it in as few as two and a half days when used at the first sign. without it the virus spreads from cell to cell. only abreva penetrates deep and starts to work immediately to block the virus and protect healthy cells. you could heal your cold sore, fast, as fast as two and a half days
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stepping down. >> i heard you pause. this is a bipartisan disappointment on capitol hill. she will not run for re-election and here for the rest of her term. the reason this is breaking news barbara mikulski is the longest serving senator in the history of this country and the way women work together on a bipartisan basis it's because of her. she's known as the dean of women senators and has monthly meetings and people say she's the tallest 4'11" person anybody has ever seen. she certainly came up at a time there were almost no women around. she pushed through and she term has the rest of her term to serve out. i think she will announce that later in her home city of
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baltimore. baltimore. >> why did she make this decision dana? do we know? >> reporter: we don't. we will see what she says at her announcement at 11:00 eastern time. this is a different place from when mikulski came here. we've been reporting on it through the prism of the department of homeland security funding. she was in the center of the potential shutdown fight the end of last year because she was chairman of the appropriations committee. she spent the entire year writing bills to fund the entire u.s. government and there she was having fights to make sure this went through and she did so on a bipartisan basis. she has been here for a long time for decades and presumably she is seeing the writing on the wall in terms of how this is going and maybe wants to get out while the getting is good so to speak. >> all right. dana bash reporting live from capitol hill this morning.
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it is a plot worthy of a russian novel, an outspoken critic of the government shot dead outside the kremlin and now police are searching for his killer. many are skeptical how serious they're taking the investigation into boris nemtsov's murder and thousands who marched. the night he died he had been walking with his model girlfriend. we're not quite sure where she is now but we have spoken to her mother who talked to cnn. and speaking to cnn's anthony bourdain he spoke with him offering grim predictions of his own deathcrediting vladimir putin. >> a good relationship with putin around. it doesn't matter. while you have a chance to raise money, to be successful you know to buy real estate in this
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south of france or switzerland, open accounts in swiss banks et cetera cetera but if something happened between you and putin and you are a governor you could be in jail. >> and your company dismantled. >> your company will disappear. >> cnn's matthew chance is following the story from moscow tell us more matthew. >> reporter: that's right, carol. as you mentioned, thousands of people turned out here in moscow for the biggest rally we have seen for several years. ever since boris nemtsov was assassinated on this bridge just a short distance from the kremlin, people have been laying tributes and flowers and messages of shock and sympathy. this one hear reads in russian, propaganda
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propaganda -- and means propaganda kills, a reference to this idea that the opposition is say ing saying the atmosphere in russia is such if you're an opponent of the kremlin, if you speak out against the policies of vladimir putin, this is what could happen to you. it's a pivotal moment in many ways in russia to see whether this killing will turn political opinion. remember vladimir putin has a high popularity rating something like 86% according to the latest opinion polls. will this killing start to turn the russian public against him or simply send a message, if you're opposed to the kremlin, like boris nemtsov was, this is what could happen to you. a crucial moment we're witnessing. witnessing. >> have we learned anything else about the night nemtsov was
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shot? >> reporter: not a great deal to be fair. some details released to the investigative committee evacuation. there's details released about cct video put out there showing the actual moment when the killing took place, although it's very grain nee and doesn't tell us a great deal. cnn has spoken to the mother of the women who was with boris nemtsov, his girlfriend a ukrainian model, she hasn't spoken to us but her mother has. take a listen what she has to say. >> translator: she was waiting for boris in a restaurant. they had dinner and went outside. anna suggested getting a taxi but boris didn't want to. he wanted to walk across the bridge. when they were walking, she was holding his hand and heard a clapping noise. boris became soft and fell on the ground. when ann understood what happened she was so much in shock she didn't see how it
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happened and moreover they had shot him in the back. >> reporter: that's the closest we've got to a witness testimony. for its part the kremlin has vowed it will get to the bottom of this. they have written a message to the mother of the assassinated figure saying the person responsible will be brought to justice. >> thank you. still to come in the "newsroom," the jewish community split over netanyahu's visit. is he fighting for israel's future or damaging a key relationship? we'll hear from both sides next. in just this one moment, your baby is getting even more than clean. the scent, the lather, even the tiny bubbles of a johnson's® bath are helping to enhance the experience. the touch of your hands is stimulating her senses. nurturing her mind. and helping her development. so why just clean your baby when you can give her... so much more™?
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learn more by calling 844-824-2424. or visit let's head live to washington. you're looking at live pictures inside the aipac meeting today. samantha power ready to address the pro israel lobbying group ahead of netanyahu. let's listen. >> before i begin, i want to thank howard core for the invitation and congratulate lillian on her selection. [ applause ] i'd also like to give a shout-out to bob who has done so much for this organization and for the u.s.-israel partnership. [ applause ] in 1942 a 28-year-old polish
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diplomat and roman catholic disguised himself as a jew, donning an arm band with the star of david and smuggled himself through a tunnel into the warsaw ghetto. later posing as a militia man, he infiltrate ed thed the nazi death camp and escaped carrying hundreds of documents on a miniature microfilm. he eventually made his way to london where he showed the documents to a jew and representative of poland's government in exzilile. he eventually sent it to the jews in new york. jews in poland almost completely annihilated stop deportation for 10,000 jews. forced to dig their own grave. mass suicide. hundreds of children thrown
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alive into gutters, death camp ss, melkania thousands dead not bury buried. mass graves, murder pregnant women, stop jews naked dragged into death chambers. gustapo men quicker killing, stop thousands killed throughout poland. stop. believe the unbelievable. stop. six years later, on may 14th, 1948 david benguren issued the declaration that issued the state of israel. for generations jews dreamed of being a free nation in their own land. a vision articulated by theodore hertzel in 1987 at the first
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zionist congress. but giving the long-held dream what they called greater urgency. the savagery kartsky witnessed was behind the institution where i currently represent the united states the united nations. i began my career as a journalist moved by the harrowing images of prisoners in serb concentration camps. i traveled to the ball cans where i covered the horrors of a war in which kids were picked off their bicycles by snipers. bossesnyian women were systemically raped and some 8,000 boys were murdered the largest massacre in europe since world war ii. i also saw the citizens of bosnia look in false hope to u.n. peacekeepers to protect them. in the end, they found rescue only from a u.s. led coalition that finally intervened to stop
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the slaughter. [ applause ] >> i was chilled by what i saw and chilled equally by the slowness of the world's response. i didn't understand how the world could say we had learned the lessons of the holocaust and never again, only to witness sair sarajevo the ru wan dan genocide and so much more. those questions were the impetus behind my first trip to israel nearly two decades ago. so much of what i saw there left an enduring impression but nothing so much as the children's memorial. the descent into a dark underground cavern illuminated by a sea of projected candles paying tribute to the memory of 1.5 million children murdered by the nazi projected in that
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darkness a stream of photographs of the individual faces of the children who were killed as their name countries and ages echo in the void implanting themselves in one's consciousness and into one's con conscious. you do not need to be jewish to feel the searing loss held by that darkness a loss like the tiny specs of light reflected in that cavernous room immeasurable infinite. the story of the creation of israel and the united nations, for that matter is about much more than a reaction against the evils of the holocaust. the story is also the story of thousands of years of jews yearning for a homeland. it is the story of a set of principles reflected in israel's founding document which envis applinged a state -- envisaged a state of justice, freedom and peace and prophets of israel a
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state that would be faithful to the principles of the charter of the united nations unquote. it is visually unjust an institution founded upon the idea all nations should be treated equally is so often used cynically by member states to treat israel unequally. [ applause ] >> these attacks on israel's legitimacy are biased they are ugly and the united states of america will not rest until they stop. [ applause ] >> now, as a few of you may have heard, the prime minister of israel is in town. [ applause ]
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>> rumor has it that he may be giving a couple speeches? you may also have heard-you may also have heard lately of tension in the relationship between the united states and israel. let me today separate out a few different issues. politics policy and what the united states does each and everyday to combat anti-semitism around the world and to fight attacks against israel at the united nations. [ applause ] we believe firmly that israel's security and the u.s.-israel partnership transcends politics and it always will. [ applause ] [ applause ]
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same bond that led president truman to make the united states the first country to recognize israel 11 minutes after it declared its existence in 1948. [ applause ] >> it is why we have stood by israel's side every minute since. our commitments to our partnership with israel are bedrock commitments, rooted in shared fundamental values cemented through decades of bipartisan reinforcement. this partnership should never be politicized and it cannot and will not be tarnished or broken. [ applause ]
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>> now, debating the most effective policy both within our respective democracies and among partners is more than useful. it is a necessary part of arriving at informed decisions. politicizing that process is not. the stakes are too high for that. [ applause ] >> on policy the negotiations that we and our partners have entered into with iran negotiations aimed centrally at denying iran a nuclear weapon have generated reasonable debate. my colleague and dear friend national security advisor susan rice will speak in depth about iran later tonight. but i am struck when i read about alleged policy differences on the iran nuclear negotiations i rarely see mentioned the foundational strategic agreement between the united states and israel an agreement that undergirds our entire engagement
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with iran. the united states of america will not allow iran to obtain a nuclear weapon period. [ applause ] >> now, let me put president obama's commitment to denying iran a nuclear weapon in context. the obama administration has invested more than $20 billion in foreign military financing for israel far more than for any other country and more than at any previous time in the history of the u.s.-israel relationship. [ applause ] >> and -- and the president not only committed to denying iran a nuclear weapon before negotiations with iran began, he has reiterated the same commitment during negotiations
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and he will keep his commitment whether negotiations collapse or produce a diplomatic solution that meets our bottom lines. maybe the president has made this point so often it isn't heard in the same way anymore. but we have to keep repeating it. talks, no talks, agreement, no agreement. the united states will take whatever steps are necessary to protect our national security and that of our closest allies. [ applause ] >> we believe diplomacy is the preferred route to secure our shared aim. if diplomacy should fail we know the stakes of a nuclear armed iran as well as everyone here. we will not let it happen. [ applause ] >> there will never be a sunset on america's commitment to israel's security never. [ applause ]
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>> now, let me turn to aspects of the u.s.-israel partnership that get far less attention. what the united states is doing everyday to combat anti-semitism around the world and to have israel's back at the united nations. we are living in an era where anti-semitism is surging by every measure, reported harassment polling data violent attacks. we should all be extremely disturbed by it. last summer we saw rallies about the gaza violence in dortmund and frankford where demonstrator demonstrators chanted hamas hamas, gas. and at a synagogue chanting jews to the oven. we see children who have to walk through heavily armed soldiers to get to their jewish schools and converts walking through
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metal detectors to enter their synagogue. we have seen murder and the attacks and jewish museum in brussels and last month in co copenhagen. then there are the signs we cannot see but that are no less chilling jews thinking twice before shopping in a kosher shopping market putting on a kip kipa or hang ging a flag outside a home. in 2004 all countries for cooperation in europe including the united states convened in berlin to make a historic pledge to combat all forms of anti-semitism. when last november the countries reassembled to mark the 10th anniversary of that pledge president obama asked me to lead the presidential delegation to the meeting. what i told the leaders gathered there is what you already know. anti-semitic attacks are not only a threat to the jewish community, a threat to european
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liberalism and pluralism. the very ideas that kartzky was willing to risk his life for. i told the european gathering freedom of expression is a sacred light, it canright, it can never be used for violence. while we step away from the ambassador we have elise, i want to get some thoughts before we head to break. it was interesting ambassador power said she wasn't going to talk about mr. obama's iran policies but she was instead going to talk about the ways america supports israel. why do you think that was the strategy here? >> reporter: carol, i think that ambassador power was a good choice by the white house to kind of tone the atmosphere
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down basically letting this audience of 16,000 people know that there might be problems in the relationship between the u.s. and israel but the u.s. commitment to u.s. security to israel there will never be a sunset to that. that is one of the fears israelis have after this deal with the u.s. and iran and those world powers expires, iran would be able to go for a nuclear weapon. what the ambassador is saying no we will never let iran have ha nuclear weapon we will always be looking outside for israel's security and tried to lower the tone and tension going on with the white house. now, she's talking about the u.s. commitment to make sure that there are no more anti-semitic attacks against jews around the world, really trying to show the breatheddth and depth of the relationship. >> herr speech seems to be
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received when she said the israel security transcends politics she got a standing ovation. >> reporter: that's right. these people obviously the iran nuclear issue was the main issue here at this conference. by coming out and saying the u.s. is looking out for israel the u.s. will not let iran have a nuclear bomb i think she's reiterating a commitment that the israelis have, you know been a little bit nervous about. they've been nervous about this white house, the deal shaping up with iran would leave pieces in place for iran to go after a nuclear weapon. she's saying listen no matter what the acrimony is the u.s. is looking out for israel. the u.s. is not going to let a bad deal happen that threatens israel. i think that message -- >> elise was breaking up there because obviously she's inside an auditorium and connections aren't the best.
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israel's prime minister is set to speak for apac in minutes. when benjamin netanyahu starts to speak, we'll take him live. 19 syrian christians were released from captivity on sunday. all but one of them were among 200 captured last month. the captives were processed in a court but isis has not explained its decision to let the hostages go leaving many asking why. i'm joined with cnn global affairs analyst lieutenant gene james reese. welcome, colonel. why did isis free these christian captives? >> there are several aspects to
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look at here. no one will ever know. one of the major pieces is that they are trying to show themselves as a state. they have a judicial process. they've gone through it. now that they will release them again it continues to show their followers they're an islamic state. on the other hand the thing i find very interesting is that there were negotiations done for this. you had some kurdish, sunni members of iraq parliament really doing some negotiation. that to me even though people want to bomb into existence, that to me possibly could show a frakt ear line inside isis which is what i'm hoping would be is that there are some diplomatic ways to get these things solved and again we have to sit back and watch this. it's a good sign. >> supposedly there was this
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court that decided who would be released. we can't discount the fact that money might have changed hands and the court was just a sham. i understand what you're saying but if money was exchanged, is that really a positive sign? >> no it's not a positive sign if money is exchanged. if we can find that out, that turns the tables on our assumptions of how this thing plays out. one thing i picked up from folks in iraq is there were several negotiations going on while the islamic court met and again everything over there is done with money. money is the backbone of everything that's done over there in the middle east. that could be an aspect which throws the whole piece about negotiations out the door. >> i understand. lieutenant colonel james reese, thank you for your insight as always. we appreciate it. our coverage of israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu's speech to apac after
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good morning. i'm carol costello. i would like to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. a live look at apac right now. the american israel political action committee conference is ongoing. the rift between the obama administration and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu over a possible nuclear deal with iran playing out on that stage. u.s. ambassador to the united nation samantha power telling the crowd the safety of israel security should transcend politics. mr. netanyahu speaks next but he's already made his case for coming to washington. >> translator: i'm leaving for washington for a fateful, even
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historic mission. i feel that i am the messenger of all of israel's citizens even those who don't agree with me. >> covering the speech from all political angles elise labott is inside the auditorium where netanyahu is set to speak. wolf blitzer is in washington. a fellow at the center for middle east policy at the brookings institution joins us also. thank you for being with me. i want to start inside that auditorium. how is ambassador power's speech going over? >> she's having a very warm welcome by this crowd of 16,000. i think really a good choice by the administration to lower the atmosphere and this tension between the u.s. and israel making a strong case why not just on the iranian issue will the u.s. continue to stand by israel. saying the relationship with israel is about politics but
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also laying out a lot of areas particularly at her perch at the united nation where the u.s. does stand by israel on anti-sem anti-semi anti-semitic attacks and going on about why the u.s. and israel are close friends despite this profound disagreement on the iranian deal shaping up carol. >> i want to go to wolf blitzer right now to talk a little bit about what netanyahu might say after samantha power. i don't know the reason for this. originally samantha power was set to speak after netanyahu but suddenly she was moved before him. i don't know if that really means anything. what do you think? >> i think that both sides are trying to lower the temperature right now. there's been a serious rift understandably so. serious disagreement over what the u.s. is trying to do as far as iran's nuclear program is concerned. the end goal is the same. everyone wants to make sure iran doesn't get a nuclear bomb. there seems to be a significant
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difference between prime minister netanyahu and president of the united states secretary of state obviously. samantha power, the united states ambassador to the u.n. has been delivering a very positive speech trying to stress the importance of the strong u.s./israeli relationship and going through step by step by step everything the united states has done to try to help israel and the international community. very significant steps at a time when israel is increasingly isolated internationally. i suspect that netanyahu's speech he's about to deliver will try to do the same thing. he knows he's been bitterly criticized by a lot of democrats. he's going to reach out and say really nice things presumably about the president of the united states saying that yes, there's been strong military to military cooperation, intelligence cooperation although there are differences. he'll underline that. i think he will try to go out of his way to try to repair the serious rupture that's occurred as a result of his acceptance to
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address this joint meeting of congress. >> benjamin netanyahu scheduled to speak at any moment now. they're showing a film before he does. some democratic leaders are angry that netanyahu is here. senator dianne feinstein called him arrogant in an interview with you, dana. >> that's right. that was specifically on the question of whether or not benjamin netanyahu speaks for all jews as he suggested before he came here to the united states. he doesn't speak for me. she's a jewish american. that's important not just because of religion but mostly because of what we're going to see tomorrow when the prime minister comes here. what we just heard from the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. talking about iran that is it's not just about rhetoric. it's about policy because what the congress is split on largely alon


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