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2009-01-06 Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
    2009-01-06 09:42:43     CRIENGLISH.com

It began on December 27th and has now claimed over 500 lives, and is considered one of the most dramatic escalations of violence in the region in decades.  Israeli forces continue incursions into the Gaza Strip in an effort to root out Hamas fighters, who in turn continue to fire rockets into Israeli territory.  And while there has been an international call for both sides to declare a ceasefire, neither side appears ready to make a move.  Meanwhile, concern about a mounting humanitarian crisis in Gaza is also taking priority, with the international community pleading with Israel to allow aide to continue flowing into the region, which it has pledged to allow.  Still, among the over 500 Palestinians killed so far, at least 100 are civilians.  So what is it going to take to bring this conflict to an end?  And what sparked the Israeli incursion to begin with? 

Ni hao, you're listening to  People In the Know, your window into the world around you, online at crienglish.com here on China Radio International.  In this edition of the show we'll be discussing the root causes and possible solutions to the ongoing fighting in Gaza.  So let's get started.

(Music)

First we'll hear from an expert who has spent time in Israel.  Jin Liangxiang is a Research Fellow at the Department of West Asian and African Studies at the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies.  He was also a visiting scholar with the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace in Israel.

(Dialogue with Jin)

And after a short break, we'll hear from another Middle East expert.

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Ni hao, you're listening to  People In the Know, your window into the world around you, online at crienglish.com here on China Radio International.  I'm Paul James in Beijing.  In this edition of the show we're discussing the ongoing violence in the Gaza strip between the Israelis and the Palestinians which has claimed over 500 lives since it began late last year.  For more on this we're joined on the line by Professor Li Guofu, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the China Institute of International Studies.

(Dialogue with Li)

And with that we close out this edition of  People In the Know, online at crienglish.com here on China Radio International.  There can be no denying that the root causes of this current dispute can be traced back for decades.  But as the death toll continues to mount on both sides of the border, perhaps it's incumbent for both sides to take a step back and start looking toward the future.  Questions or comments for us can be sent to people@cri.com.cn.  For Executive Director Zhao Yang and Producers Chen Mo and Xu Yang, I'm Paul James in Beijing.  We'll talk to you tomorrow.  

 
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