Mitchell Reports | November 20, 2012
>>> and developing now, israel 's president shimon perez spoke moments ago about the progress of the ongoing talks toward a cease-fi cease-fire.
>> the problem is not just the height of the flames, but to solve them. and who can stop them. we are ready to stop it after this. there is no room to compare between the two positions for the people while governing gaza and ourselves. unfortunately, they target civilians. they are extremely careful not to hit any civilian life, any child, and believe me, our army is working so hard to prevent any casualties of civilian people, of civilian houses.
>> joining me now by phone, is the mayor of jerusalem . mr. mayor, thank you for joining us. first of all, secretary clinton we know is heading your way to be meeting with prime minister netanyahu but this is the first time that israel has come under fire from gaza from hamas rockets. so tell me about that experience and how that changes the calculus?
>> well, unfortunately, we're talking about the unfriendly neighbors that want to destroy israel . they are trying indiscriminate fire all over the country. i assume and we realize they want to target jerusalem as well and it is amazing how you have the group of people that are using indiscriminate fire, to hit civilians and terrorize everyone. i'm not surprised. you know, it was the south, the north, these are people that, you know, it's very difficult to work with to say the least.
>> well, mr. mayor, obviously there's a disproportionate military power on both sides now that this has started. so what are the possibilities of a cease-fire and of it holding?
>> well, let me make something very, very clear. the israeli army , the values we have, is target the people responsible. we use missiles that are targeted at people, at the enemy. unfortunately, our enemy is using indiscriminate fire for its civilians which is against any international law . unfortunately, i think that the israeli government realizes that this is something that we have to stop for a long, long time. hopefully people will understand people are using indiscriminate fire against civilians has to be stopped and not for a short period of time. all israel is united behind the prime minister and hopefully he's going to have the right approach and the backup of the whole country and if it takes them a little bit more time, he's got the time to negotiate on behalf of the israeli people .
>> the mayor of jerusalem , thank you very much. of course, the firing may be indiscriminate, but at the same time, the targeting rather by the israeli government may be very targeted, but because of the density of gaza , there is a lot of civilian casualties .