Rory Cowen is an actor. He is famous for his role as Mrs. Brown’s gay son in the successful series. Rory is also very much “pro-Israel”. He attended the Pro-Israel demonstration in O’Connell Street Dublin at the weekend. He has been visiting Israel for the past 30 years and goes back at least once a year. Raymond Deane is a classical composer. He has also been instrumental in the cultural boycotting of lsrael. He tries to dissuade groups and/or artists from travelling to Israel and supports the struggle of the Palestinian people. Both men discuss the Israel / Palestinian conflict ...
After much anticipation that a ceasefire would be reached between Israel and Hammas no deal was struck. So, it was a night of renewed Israeli air strikes on Palestinian militants in Gaza and return rocket attacks from Hamas. Meanwhile, International efforts to finalise a ceasefire are being stepped up as US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton continues her diplomacy and is due to meet Egypt's President, Mohammed Morsi this morning, following talks with the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Joining Pat were Shashank Joshi, Assoc. Fellow, Royal United Institute in London, Ruadhan McCormaic, Irish Times and Richard Crowley, RTE.
After a week of rocket and bomb attacks in Gaza and Israel efforts are continuing to secure a truce. It is reported that 110 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed so far. The Israeli army has been targeting Hamas controlled buildings in Gaza – but many civilians have been killed. A father and his two sons - thought to be two and four - were killed overnight, according to a Hamas spokesman. Robert Turner, Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza joined Pat as did Richard Crowley who is in Jerusalem.
Israeli forces are continuing to pound targets in Gaza . The Israeli Government says it is responding to Hamas rocket attacks on its citizens. 86 Palestenians and three Israeli’s have been killed in the past week. London Independent Correspondent Bob Fisk joins me now.