Carol speaks with Representative Matt Salmon (R-AZ) before Congress leaves for recess.
Carol is joined by former Israeli military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich, now a civilian, who shares her perspective on family life in Israel.
Avital, who has three children, recently wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, where she shared an instance in which her youngest asked to visit a friend’s one afternoon. That, she says, created a “dilemna.”
“In times like these I’d like to have my children near me, yet she's a normal child and deserves to live like one. She and her friend played in a plastic pool and the air raid siren went off and they had to seek shelter. I still think I made the right decision letting her go."
During the interview, Avital shares what would be a frightening experience for anyone, "Two nights ago there was a siren for the first time 2:30 A.M., and my oldest had a few friends sleeping over, and we had actually all went to the shelter. Ten people in the middle of the night with our pajamas, and I live in an open area so the explosion sounds are very audible. It’s not a nice experience for an 8-year old or for a 10-year old."
Note: Carol spoke with a civilian in Gaza earlier in the hour
Carol speaks with 16-year old Gaza resident, Farah Baker, who describes the terror she lives with on a daily basis. A survivor of three wars, Farah says, "This is the first war for me to feel unsafe because in the past two wars I was sure that I won’t be bombed because I'm an innocent civilian...so I, all the time feel unsafe because I can be bombed any moment."
Questioned further, Farah shares more about her daily life, "Actually the power is cut off most of the time and that night the only light we could see was the flares, and the only sound we could hear was ambulances, fire engines, F-16s, rockets falling – they were falling, they were falling like heavy rain of January. That was the most awful night. I was kind of sure that I would die."
Note: Carol will have an Israeli civilian on later in the program to discuss daily life in Israel.
Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) deliver an “open letter,” which reads “… We hope that the current conflict ends soon, however Israel must have the ability to take whatever steps are necessary to protect its citizens from brazen terrorist attacks.”
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Brian Stelter and Mel Robbins join Carol to discuss ESPN anchor Stephen A Smith’s suspension.
Asked about the inclusion of Iranians in Middle East peace talks, former Ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, says, "I think eventually if they want to show goodwill, if we they want American support, if they want congressional support for a nuclear deal they might step in and say to Hamas 'look, you gotta start talking, you gotta start dealing with Israel, you gotta find ways to lessen the tension there.'"
Carol Costello and guests weigh in on ESPN anchor, Stephen A. Smith's, comments on domestic violence.
Rep. Luke Messer accuses John Kerry of legitimizing Hamas.
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