In a statement today, President Obama said a group like the Islamic State "has no place in the 21st century." Today we'll talk to Steven Simon, a fellow at the Middle East Institute, about the ISIS threat to surrounding countries and what can the U.S. do about it.
Rashid Khalidi recently wrote in the New Yorker, "What is going on in Palestine today is not really about Hamas... It is about Israel’s permanent control over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives." We'll hear more from him on today's show. He'll also talk on U.S. policy failures in Iraq and Syria.
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire that could lead to talks for a longer-lasting peace agreement. We'll talk to the Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, Roey Gilad, about the potential for a political solution to the current conflict.
If Russia does not agree to cooperate with the investigation of Malaysian airlines flight 17, the EU is considering tougher sanctions. EU ambassadors are meeting in Brussels today to consider a series of tighter restrictions on Russia. We'll get an update from Brussels.
Israel sent ground troops in to Gaza on Thursday in an expressed effort to secure tunnels it says are used by Hamas fighters to smuggle arms and gain access into Israel. We'll get an update on the humanitarian situation inside Gaza.
It's well known that nations spy on one another. But the recent arrest of an American spy inside Germany has increased tensions between the two nations. We'll talk about the growing spy scandal with Der Spiegel's Gregor Peter Schmitz.
Israel says it has shot down a drone launched by Hamas. The death toll is Gaza has reached at least 170 as Israel continued its airstrikes as part of Operation Protective Edge. We'll discuss the ongoing conflict with J.J. Goldberg, editor-at-large for The Jewish Daily Forward.