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exploration all right it's time to boost your news. there seems to be no end in sight in the latest round of fighting between israeli forces and hamas the conflict started about 2 weeks ago after violence broke out when israeli authorities in east jerusalem pushed out of their palestinian families in order to make way for jewish settlers now an international call to stop the ongoing bloodshed is falling on deaf ears as israel battles to push forward alex my limits has more. as israel's iron dome takes 0 rockets fired by hamas a new day brings pressure is really strikes to the gaza strip. as the current round
of violence enters its 2nd week. you know entire families were exterminated and their homes were demolished on top of their children by the brutal raid that spread death terror and human remains in the rubble that destroyed buildings and streets the palestinian death toll is approximately $200.00 including $59.00 children. and they are children 234 years old what did they do that made it necessary to kill them one of the targets the israelis were after they targeted their missiles at small children who did nothing wrong they were tome to pieces by adding to the dead over 1200 palestinians have been injured and what some are calling unprecedented attacks a journalist on the ground reporting for our team described the scene as wally intensive ever strikes are killing women and children inside their homes and it is important to note that israel did not send out free warning for these buildings
this board before they bombarded them which is something the new 3 said didn't it as israel used to a warning to people before they attempted to strike and even think is really saw it there have been at least 10 deaths including a 5 year old boy killed by hamas rockets while much of the world is asking for a cease fire to end the bloodshed including so much the u.n. the most urgent and depressing task at this moment is to the cease fire and the stuff that is. israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu is not ready to comply of and so our battle against a terror organization continues in full force the muscle we are charging very happy to prices from hamas and pull their their hands bearable aggression the i.d.f. carried out attacks in more than 1500 targets during the last days according to the israeli military it has destroyed 15 kilometers of militant tunnels in the homes of
9 hamas commanders in addition this airstrike is said to have taken a hard hit the commander of the northern division of islamic jihad on saturday president joe biden spoke with palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas calling on hamas to seize rocket fire into israel in addition today abbas met with a u.s. diplomat in ramallah biden also talked to netanyahu get a reading his strong support for israel's right to defend itself and while raising concerns about the safety come journalists in the war zone over the weekend an office tower which housed several international media organizations was destroyed by the i.d.f. . you know who it is really military official said dave transmitted intelligence to the united states which shows hamas was using the building for their operations however the u.s. secretary of state while on a visit to denmark countered that claim i've not seen any information provided and
again to the extent that it is based on intelligence that would have been shared with other colleagues and i'll leave that to them to assess. their efforts to stop the bombs or be. u.s. representatives to the united nations continue to obstruct efforts by other countries who are asking for a joint statement from the u.n. security council which would condemn the violence in calls for a truce for t.v. i'm alex my love it. and for reaction to the latest airstrikes in gaza i was joined earlier by our panel today ariel gold she's national co-director of code pink and u.s. mideast foreign policy expert and john jordan is a political commentator and former naval intelligence officer here is our conversation. well israel is out to finish hamas they want to send a message right now that they're going to they're going to prosecute this to the
end they're not going to put up with the rocket attacks anymore no more proportional to for tat that israel is israel is in the counterterrorism business for real here secondly israelis want to send a message worldwide that they take their own national security very seriously and this has implications for iran and what they're basically saying by not saying it is that should iran continue its path towards a nuclear weapon that israel will not sit idly by so this is sending a message worldwide to israel the idea is that raises the stakes with other world powers that to prevent a conflagration. a broader conflict in the in the in the region that iran needs to that iran iran. needs to stop with the rocket launchers and all of the problems in syria iraq and so forth and halt its ballistic missile program well what about our president though with his phone call with benjamin netanyahu i'm sure he had an opportunity to apply some pressure to reduce the violence but he didn't choose that
tack. well there's no they actually the bite in this regime is indirectly responsible by releasing the $6000000000.00 to the iranians where did it go it went right to hamas to replenish their stockpiles i mean there's almost the timing is is too perfect i mean you relax sanctions on iran and hamas acts up so by showing weakness and showing the soft underbelly to the iranians you invited this sort of thing the iranians desperately need to change the course of events of the middle east until rob you see for decades it was the arab israeli conflict the palestinian question that dominated but recently it's become iran versus everybody else of so many arab states a senior iran is an existential issue but the iranians i was you need to change is their economic fortunes are and rapid decline well until recently with biden relaxing them needs to make the needs to stir up the arab israeli question to make
it politically difficult for the arab states to continue their rapprochement with israel ariel can i get your response to that is there do you see a tie between what's happening with the iranian funds being unfrozen the assets being unfrozen a couple weeks ago to this escalation of violence. what i see as a tie to this escalation in violence is the provocations that were carried out by the israeli government and by prime minister benjamin netanyahu we are looking at the forced remove all of the palestinians from their homes in the jerusalem neighborhood of shaikh share out we're looking and it's very cade's being put up outside damascus gate to the holiest on freedom of religious practice for palestinians we are looking at the israeli military bursting into ooc some mosque on the holiest night of the holiest holiday of the islamic calendar and
then all of the sudden israel says oh my god i can't believe they are so upset with us now the reality currently is that hamas has been asking for a cease fire and israel is reef use day to seize their horrific bombings they are bombing residential buildings they are bonding buildings that housed international media and they have followed the main road in the rain or hospital let's remember that even before this all started gazan has been any 14 year long siege israel controls everything that goes in and out of the country even before this gazans were getting about 8 to 12 hours a day of electricity now with israel's aerial bombardment their counsel sorry 12 hours they're down to one to 3 hours now let's also not forget that before all of
this started the hospitals in gaza were already crowded because of the cold and 19 pandemic out there currently putting patients in the hallways because they have nowhere to put them and that's after the search under the rubble for in hopes of finding survivors john i want to get in there it sounds like you know. i want to respond. well 1st of all 1st of all the 1st of all the hamas has as a rich history of embedding their operations in and around civilian areas hamas that is used basically employed the human shield tactic for a long time so what hamas will do is they will launch these rockets launches attacks against israeli civilians and then they will embed their leadership their command and control and oftentimes their weapons storage in areas which are difficult to get to so that there are casualties when iraq when iraq when we see israel try has to deal with it so this is what hamas is doing this hamas is doing
this in and among civilians always has and then lend cries victim to the world very easy way out of this is how about they just don't launch rockets at israeli civilians. from cocoa about i'll go go very does not bombs on palestinian children and again we're looking at about. 200 casualties the majority of them civilians in gaza right now compared to says homer last night israel this is incredibly disproportionate i mean just i refute your. israeli talking points about oh how maz using palestinians as human shields gaza is the 3rd most densely populated place on earth and if we look at the bombing the associated press and al-jazeera building that took place believe it was on saturday night now both of those reporters from both of those new students have spoken out in clearly saying they have been in that building for years and they never saw the
sight of hamas assets but this is israel's way that i was a bomb to actually buy war in front. of him maybe. all right our folks unfortunately i got to leave it right there a lot more to talk about i don't unfortunately see this violence in deescalating any time soon we'll have you both back john jordan ariel gold thank you so much for joining us today. while many are criticizing israel's response to hamas rockets being volleyed their way israel's own iron dome missile defense system is one of the best in the world with over 90 percent accuracy now couple that with offensive weapons often sold by the us israel is by far the most protected country in the middle east for more on this i was also joined earlier by former pentagon official mike maloof here's what he had to say. you have the very strong israeli lobby in
the united states that insists upon it and you always hear the rhetoric out of any administration that it is a. bastion of democracy surrounded by 16 hostile countries so it's so with that picture painted we feel that it's one of the democracies that we help establish when in fact it's not the type of democracy that we attribute to the u.s. given how they've treated the palestinians and how the united states regards or how the israelis have conducted themselves particularly in their what appears to be an apartheid that they learned very very well from the nazis who committed them to the very same. treatment during world war 2 so i'm appalled because i also hear claims by the israelis even to this day of calling for
a laban's round on the west bank limits room is a trigger word that the nazis used for their acquisition of territory in europe and i think it's astounding that. that we we still regard them as a democracy when in fact they're not wow those are some strong 1 points and words that you just made mike will further to that being that you have a d. o. d. background why does the d o d fight israel so important to their geo political strategies and in just a moment ago we heard john jordan who you've been on a panel with say that there was a link in timing to iran the releasing of their frozen funds to this you know fighting that we're seeing now in the past week. where netanyahu is sending a message and neither the the by the administration is really not in control of this latest dustup netanyahu is and he knows that he doesn't
have that he that he doesn't have. a lot of support from the by the ministration for his own personal long long jetty and political survival and the timing of all of this was very impeccable when you look at the timeline the timeline being that they are raids that the ministry listed on there as your previous person said about on the evening of the lessee holy o'hair ramadan night on the aid it was and that netanyahu at the same time had just lost his timing to form a new government and lot did yeah who was asked to do with that has had had to suspend his formation of a government in light of this latest crisis so this splits into netanyahu is narrative he benefits from this and the yet to get back to your original question the deal do you look at. israel as a state as
a military ally and that it it and it again this is because of its opposition to iran and i will add that. jordan was was partially correct in my view. when he said that this is a message to iran it is because the. israelis regard hamas as another instrument i caused a lot of the iranians supply and financing and logistics and this is all a trail you to to a national emergency ultimately going to be declared if netanyahu continues on this course nobody is in control the un can't do anything the russians are proposing a quartet of the u.s. russia un and e.u. to come together and try to resolve this thing it's been rejected by netanyahu what so that tells you netanyahu is in the driver seat now and lastly micro quick if we
want to compare you now trump to biden we know where trump would fall on this or would be squarely on the side bibi but do you think trump abraham accords played a role in emboldening israel in this latest round of fighting. i think it did one thing it basically had the arab countries remained silent as they as israel has now going after the palestinians and you're not hearing a peep out of the other arab countries and so i think it's because there is a fundamental alliance among them all again their their sights are set on iran as the as the bad guy and you have saudi arabia wanted to extend its influence i can to the middle east and it will need is a real to do that particularly when it comes to trying to get back into lebanon and into and to syria it's a real muddled mess but we see a pattern of behavior emerging from mike i one thing i've always learned from you is that as soon as the weather gets warm the blood began to hit the ground so unfortunately you are it's right it's going to it's going to get worse and you are
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kind of landed a spacecraft on mars for the 1st time on saturday flying to the control center overjoyed and voicing one another according to the china national space administration touchdown was at 70 in the morning beijing time it was a bit of a to late for mission control in beijing to confirm the release of a heat shield an oversized parachute to better secure the props to send these both must be deployed at very precise times to ensure proper living in a particular spot the heat shield protects the spacecraft from the scorching temperatures of mars parachutes and rockets help the spacecraft to slow down to prevent a crash landing technology is very different than what's needed to land on the moon while still a large feature the moon only requires many retro rockets for landing the rover plans to inspect the red planet for 90 days before the next few days the rover will remain in the lander for diagnostic tests it will then explore an icy part of mars known as utopia plenty joining an american one that landed there back in february
china is the 3rd nation to land a rover on mars the u.s. has had 9 successful landings on mars since 1976 soviet union landed on the planet back in 1971 of the mission it was short lived now so expect the american rover that landed on mars 3 months ago to collect its 1st sample in july it's expected to make its return to earth in 10 years china also says it wants to land people on the move potentially building a scientific base there a space plane is also reportedly in the make you however no timeline has been released for these potential endeavors were 44 in question it touches sweets are. very you heard it fair it's a major step forward for china as the nation successfully landed the rover on mars it's the 1st time that country has made a footprint on the red planet making for a significant step in global space exploration but not everybody is too happy about this landing u.s. senator from maine angus. can saying this he said quote landing reinforces the
point that we do not own space anymore and then he went on to say if they can land a rover on mars there's a lot of other things they can do that might not be so benevolent so joining us now to discuss how host and investigative journalist. ben is china landing on mars the launch of a sort of a new kind of space race between specifically the u.s. and china and also when did we ever own space. but i guess the 2nd part of the question this is pretty obvious right obviously the united states does not own the space even the the terminology you're seeing a little bit bizarre right i guess if you're saying we dominated this area i guess you could you could make that claim look the u.s. obviously has been pretty powerful in this space in the space race originally between the soviet union and the united states was a major kind of pillar of the cold war you know as the touch of mention there the
soviet union was able to successfully launch one space shuttle that landed on mars a rover that ended up mars in 1071 the u.s. is that it 9 times which is pretty incredible the fact that china is now able to do what i think does help china to kind of move up into this. you know upper tier the highest tier of space exploration it is a huge feat that they were able to pull off and by the way it's pretty incredible when you consider that the u.s. was able to launch this most recent rover to mars perseverence which is now landed there and along with that a little drone that's supposed to be able to about the size of a tissue box that can fly around the planet and take pictures so it's a pretty impressive stuff there the chinese for their part this rover that they put on is the size of a small car and it's supposed to be able to travel throughout the planet so on both sides very impressive but it should be seen as necessarily competition that's that's very cold war esque instead it should be congratulations to china for being able to pull this off oh say you. i don't mean like our 2 rovers the u.s.
and china they're going to have a battle it out on mars we're going to watch it live on paper. and it will be interesting well ok so we know trying to land it on the moon before landing on mars obviously a much more difficult undertaking so does angus king have a point though that does this mean china is more advanced than they've actually been given credit for. i think that is true they're more advanced than they've been given credit for one thing that was i think pretty well played about this is that the chinese had said very little about the work that was going into this in fact the day of of the actual launch and the number launches using the landing on mars they did not televise anything live now after the fact after they had a successful touchdown then you know chinese state media began running a lot of lots of video with lots of stories about this and the reason for that i think it was kind of cautious optimism you're hoping that this all goes well but you don't want to look like a dunce if it doesn't because it is
a very difficult thing so the fact that china kind of downplayed it a little bit and they have kind of downplayed their role in all of this i think was one of again it's one of caution you want to be careful and you don't want to come off as we're going to do this incredible thing and then you wind up looking like well they botched the land. all right ok you keep expectations low i get that lastly is the exploration of mars you think it's more than just you know like the space agency is like nasa but also silicon valley what the race. yeah i mean still accomplice and that's the real race right the real the real space race if there is one is not between the u.s. and china it's between silicon valley and china because yes while the u.s. has been able to do you know placed this rover on mars landing rovers on mars is not the beginning or the end of all of this it ultimately is going to come down to actual manned space shuttles space ships that are headed to mars that will be the real race and again for what purpose exploration is great but one thing that's very
interesting is there's a lot of talk right now about the u.s. launch of perseverance and that perseverance itself might be carrying actual microbes human microbes that could contaminate the planet right now and by the way some of what we get back from perseverance could actually indicate that life has been found there it might turn out that it's not life that was there it's microbes that and human d.n.a. that was placed on the shuttle that got there and now it's being seen when it when it comes back because it right on our own it's a long story but it might be our own little bit of there's a lot there and exploration is great but it shouldn't be seen as competitive in terms of who is a more dominant nation it should be seen more as a human experience i think that's where we need to advance oh the irony bad and when that me fine if that's what they came back with hey they have humans on mars wait that mars and i we had it with with mine and we had a leader right there is bob benson one thank you so let. thank you. and do it for
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