NewsNation | November 20, 2012
>>> up to speed on the breaking news out of the middle east . a cease-fire between israel and hamas could come as ly as this evening. we want to bring in israel 's ambassador to the u.s. ambassador , great to have you with us. let's start straight out of the gate with what we have been reporting is the secretary of state hillary clinton expected to be in the region. landing in jerusalem at any moment to meet with prime minister netanyahu. what more insight can you share with us about what will be discussed?
>> well, good to be with you too, thomas. yes, secretary of state clinton is arriving, the secretary-general of the united nations ban ki moon was talking with prime minister netanyahu about the possibility of a cease-fire. right now, hamas has increased its firing on israel . almost 150 rockets fired just today. two of our citizens have been killed just today. so i cannot tell you whether that cease-fire is within reach. we want an end to all of the shooting from hamas . we have had now 5 1/2 million israelis under fire for seven days. that's well over half of our population under rocket fire. something in the vicinity of 1,500 rockets fired at them over the course of the last seven days. and we want a long-term solution. so that we don't find ourselves back in the situation in another month or another week where the terrorist can decide to shoot at us at will.
>> as you report on what deaths are being realized today inside israel , ayman mohyeldin is reporting that there are 130 dead, up to 1,000 injured so far in the rocket blasts that have gone back from israel because of what hamas instigated. as we know they did fire first. that is the onus on israel to recognize its part in moving forward? that there is a deal brokered that israel needs to display the leadership necessary to keep everyone intact?
>> i think the onus is squarely on the shoulders of hamas here. israelis are minding their own business, they were sending their kids to school, leading their lives and all of a sudden, hundreds and ultimately thousands of rockets are falling down on their neighborhoods and homes. they have to agree to a long-term solution that can be mediated by the united states and others -- other international actors, but to guarantee the peace. israel is not attacking hamas . there's no moral equivalency here. it's not a two-way street. it's a one-way street and hamas has go down the street of cease-fire and long-term solutions.
>> sir, britain's chief rabbi jonathan sax has told the bbc he believes iran has a lot to do with the violence that's playing out between israel and gaza . now he didn't know what he said was live going out over the air when he said it. nonetheless, it is what he felt at the time. do you feel that iran has a greater role in this conflict besides what we do know about the fact they have been act to supply weapons to hamas and into gaza ?
>> well, i think rabbi sacks is right. gaza is essentially an outpost of iran . hamas is supplied by iran . it receives funding from iran . islamic jihad the second largest terrorist organization in gaza is actually wholly owned and directed by iran , as are several smaller terrorist organizations there. so yes, this is in a way a proxy conflict with iran .
>> ambassador, thank you for taking time with me today. we are continuing to wait and for -- for word of a cease-fire deal being brokered. we appreciate you taking time out for us.
>> thank you.