July 31st, 2014
05:47 AM ET

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres Speaks Out

For more of Wolf Blitzer's interview with Peres, tune into "Wolf" at 1 PM ET and "The Situation Room" at 5 PM ET.

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Former Israeli President Shimon Peres left office only a week ago, yet it's already clear that his influence in the Israeli public sphere - and perhaps beyond - will remain significant.

He spoke with Wolf Blitzer on Thursday about the current conflict in Gaza, and how to go about finding a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

"I cannot see a cease-fire with rockets and with tunnels," Peres said. "Only a cease-fire without rockets and without tunnels."

Peres does not view Hamas as the legitimate political rulers of Gaza, referencing Hamas' coup of the territory in 2007.

He believes Gaza should be controlled by the Palestinian Authority, the ruling entity of the West Bank, and its president, Mahmoud Abbas.

"I don't think that two countries can bring peace," Peres said of a divided West Bank and Gaza. "Two countries will continue war."

Peres regards Abbas, or Abu Mazen, as he is known to Palestinians, as an essential figure in achieving Israel-Palestinian peace.

"He got the courage, more than any other Arab leader, to stand up and say, 'I'm against terror. I'm against kidnapping ... I'm for peace,'" Peres said.

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July 30th, 2014
09:01 AM ET

Congress is Leaving for Vacation – Who Will Solve the Immigration Crisis?

Members of Congress are preparing for a five week-long vacation, but they may be leaving a major political crisis hanging in the balance: immigration reform.

Should members of Congress be censured for potentially jetting off without a resolution?

Representative Steve King (R-IA) appeared on "New Day" Wednesday and asserted his desire to implement immigration reform, while squarely placing blame on President Obama for a lack of action.

"This is a man-caused disaster, and the man that caused it is Barack Obama," King said. "This human calamity and tragedy started because there's this huge magnet created by the president's policies."

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July 29th, 2014
12:39 PM ET

What You Need to Know About the Israel-Hamas Blame Game

The many layers and narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can easily complicate one's understanding of Israel and Hamas' current war in Gaza.

The war, now in its third week, is being waged between the Israeli army and Hamas, a U.S. and Israel-designated terrorist group that politically and militarily controls Gaza.

After a series of ill-fated, temporary cease-fires, the war has no demonstrable sign of ending, with casualties on both sides mounting.

Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria G.P.S., joined Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Tuesday to break down the factors and causes of the current war, identifying the players, their respective demands, and who should bear responsibility.

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The World is Abound with Conflict – What Should the U.S. Do?
July 28th, 2014
12:40 PM ET

The World is Abound with Conflict – What Should the U.S. Do?

A bloody war is being waged between Israel and Hamas.

In-fighting between factions of militants is tearing apart a once-stable Libya.

The MH17 disaster illuminated - and worsened - the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

ISIS is wreaking havoc throughout Iraq and Syria.

The Middle East is historically a conflict-prone region, and few could claim post-Soviet relations between Russians and Ukrainians have been rosy.

Yet, today, the world feels like it is aflame with conflict, violence and discord.

"The concentration we're seeing now is really unprecedented," Bobby Ghosh, managing editor of Quartz, said on "New Day" Monday.

"John Kerry is the busiest man in the whole wide world."

Ghosh and CNN's John Berman mapped out some of the simmering battles throughout the Middle East and Eastern Europe, and Ghosh assessed whether the United States can - or should - intervene.

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