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because it does if you get out of its way. as the house, senate and obamas go on vacation, next week, i've got an idea, why don't all y'all just stay there. have a great weekend, everybody. see you on "the five." two big developing stories at this hour. the deadly ebola virus now in the spotlight for the first time. two americans infected with the virus are headed to the u.s. for treatment in atlanta. what you're seeing right now are live pictures from atlanta where dr. kent brantly is en route and will be heading to emory university hospital at any moment where he will be kept in a special isolation unit. in just a few minutes we'll hear from the head of one of the aid organizations who pushed hard for the americans to return to the u.s. our other big story, tension escalating in gaza with more rocket attacks. this as we hear news that a palestinian delegation is heading to cairo to pursue a possible cease-fire.
israel continues its search for one of the soldiers who is believed to have been abducted by hamas. the latest from the israeli-gaza border. and you will also hear from two high-profile leaders from both sides of the aisle in just a few minutes. and that's not all. here at home, the immigration crisis escalates as house republicans pass a bill just before recess. but the problem is the senate won't likely pass it and it may never make it to the president's desk. we're going to talk to a documentary filmmaker who says the border situation on the ground is far worse than the mainstream media is reporting, and you will see why the border continues to raise big concerns. hello, everybody, i'm uma pemmaraju. america's news headquarters from the nation's capital starts right now. and we begin with the latest on the concerns over the ebola virus. two americans, both infected with the deadly virus, are returning home to the u.s. dr. kent brantly and nancy
writebol both doing humanitarian aid work in west africa when they contracted the disease. now, we have just learned that dr. brantly arrived in georgia just a short while ago and is now on his way to emory university hospital for treatment in a secure isolation unit. so far the ebola epidemic has infected over 1300 people and killed over 700. this is the first time the ebola virus will be on u.s. soil, raising fears about an outbreak in this country. senior correspondent adam housely has the very latest on the situation. >> reporter: let's go back to that live look of atlanta where the doctor is in transport, we're told, from dobbins air force base to emory hospital. you can see the local fox affiliate using the helicopter looking for the local transportation as it goes toward the hospital. as highly contagious of this disease, every single precaution is being taken atz infected doctor is now back on the ground
on the u.s. being treated. samaritan purse helped arrange this whole thing. they are the humanitarian group the doctor was working for in west africa. dr. kent brantly was there. he contracted it along with nancy writebol. he was flown to dobbins air force base and then transported about 15 miles this transport will take place from the airport to the hospital. the hospital is one of the most sophisticated hospital isolation units in the country. it will be the first time anyone affected with the disease has been brought to the u.s. officials here are confident that patients can be treated without putting the public in any danger. >> the reason we are bringing these patients back to our facility is because we feel they deserve to have the highest level of care offered for their treatment. >> reporter: now, emory university hospital is just down the street from the centers for disease control and prevention.
it's one of four such units in the entire country that can actually handle this type of disease, this type of highly contagious disease. so only four locations, one being just outside of atlanta here where emory hospital is located. nancy writebol also worked for samaritan's purse. she will be the next one brought over as they continue to try and treat these two americans who were doing great work there. a reminder over 1300 people have been infected by the ebola outbreak in africa and more than 700 have died. here's a live look as the doctor is being transported. again, a 15-mile drive from dobbins air force base to emory university hospital. you can see the roadway has been cleared. and he's being kept, we're told on the plane, and we have to assume the same thing in the ambulance, in a special tent. it's a tent that will basically keep all the virus inside and help protect those who are also treating him. as you can see, that ambulance moving at a slow pace from dobbins air force base, now on the main highway there in
atlanta as it goes towards the emory university hospital. again, just down the street from the centers for disease control. there's been a lot of people talking about this. fox first broke this the first part of the week when high level discussions were happening about whether to bring the two americans back to the u.s. there was a lot of concern but they are taking every precaution from emory university. they believe this is the best way to keep control of this and at the same time try to save the lives of these two good samaritans who were working for samaritan's purse. you can see they're still making their way now over into it looks like the car pool lane. thankfully on a saturday there's not a lot of traffic in atlanta today as they head back towards the hospital. we're told at the most it's a 15-minute drive. less than that actually on most days. uma. >> of course a lot of questions about why they're being brought to the united states. emory university hospital has a very special unit there, and their folks are highly trained when it comes to infectious diseases. >> reporter: right. absolutely.
they're the best in the world when it comes to this. as you mentioned, there's only four facilities like this in the country. when we were first hearing about this on tuesday, they were thinking about bringing the americans back, my first question to my sources was, okay, what does this mean? how many hospitals can do this? i was told much less than ten. now we know really only four can handle this, as the picture breaks up. our helicopter as it moves over the metro atlanta area will have some breakup. that's normal. the first patient is dr. kent and then we have writebol next. there was a lot of issues in other african countries because they didn't want the fly to actually fly over them. there's a lot of worry about ebola, and rightfully so. they didn't want the plane to land and refuel. the plane has landed. it stopped off in bangor, maine, to get gas. we'll have the final route when it's all said and done because they try to keep that as low key as possible, not to worry people and give them any kind of
unnecessary fear. but you can see there the ambulance moving along with -- escorted through the atlanta metro area or around the atlanta metro area i should say to emory hospital. i would have expected to see honestly, uma, more police presence but maybe they're further out from the picture since this has been zoomed in a bit. you can see some unmarked cars there as well. as the helicopter follows this procession that's moving, again, from the airport at dobbins air force base over to atlanta to emory hospital. >> what makes the story even more compelling is the fact that this doctor, selfless in his work, apparently asked that the experimental drug that was prepared to treat the ebola virus, when he contracted it, that he ask that it be given to the nurse, the other patient, the other u.s. patient who is going to be coming to the united states. that he wanted her to have the
experimental drug and asked that she take it first so that she could hopefully be helped in time. >> reporter: yeah. also interesting, the jet that flew them from west africa, eventually landing at dobbins, was a gulfstream private jet that was outfitted with this clear tent that helped contain contagious diseases. because of that tented situation, only one patient can come at a time. if there's any hope out of this, it's that the cdc as well as samaritan's purse say both patients are stable enough to make the trip. obviously if they were grave, maybe that trip wouldn't be made. so it's hopeful that they can somehow survive this disease, which again has claimed more than 700 lives so far in west africa. out of the 1300 that officially have been diagnosed with it. so this evacuation is really what it is, the evacuation of two americans that have been struck with the ebola virus. now here again you're seeing the
ambulance move. again, interesting, it's a very short drive. saturday, of course, being a much easier time to traverse through the georgia area, through the atlanta area, and the drive again is less than 15 minutes. roughly ten miles or so we're told from dobbins to emory hospital. >> doctors in this country are advising americans not to panic, that this is a situation that they can keep under control, yet the world health organization chief says that this latest ebola outbreak is moving in his words too fast to control internationally. so it does raise big concerns about the implications. >> reporter: people may not realize also that the cdc, the centers for disease control, even though they obviously are focused on the united states, goes around the world to help in a lot of other areas. they are on the ground in africa trying to help contain it. remind people too, to ease people's fears just a bit, this is not a disease that can be
caught from coughing or be on a plane with somebody and sneezing, it's from bodily fluids actually touch you. generally from what i've been told and all the research we've done and doctors we've spoken to, generally it's passed along when you've touched a body that's toward the end of the virus, meaning when they're ready to die because that's when you have more blood and that type of fluid. that's usually when the virus is passed along. not always, but that's when the virus is passed along many times. ebola, as we know, causes bleeding. so it's a very contagious disease, one we have to be very careful of, but they say this is one that can be contained if done correctly. that's why cdc is on the ground in africa trying to help stop this. you're seeing volunteer groups like samaritan's purse trying to help people and help survivability really. >> i want to bring in bruce johnson, who is the president of sim usa and he apparently knows
the patient, nancy, very well. he's been in touch with her family. good to see you, sir. thank you for joining us. i know you pushed hard for their return to this country. >> absolutely. and thank you for that breaking news. it's great news that dr. brantly has landed and will be shortly in the hospital. we look forward to that aircraft returning and bringing nancy back as well. >> talk to me for a moment about your thoughts knowing that nancy will be coming soon and knowing that there is no cure for this virus, but certainly they will be treated at a very sophisticated facility to try to make them comfortable and see how this thing plays out with them. >> i tell you, we really appreciate that this facility has been made available. emory hospital is one of the leading hospitals. they'll provide great care. and it really lifts our spirits. i also talked with nancy's husband, david, just this morning. i was actually texting back and
forth. he's encouraged by this. and by both dr. brantly and nancy were stable. nancy is looking forward to the flight and we're looking forward to her coming back. both of them have been receiving great care, though, in liberia through our sim doctors carriage for them. >> how long had she been in liberia? >> she had been in liberia one year working with sim. but david and nancy have been serving as missionaries in south america and in africa for some 15 years. >> very committed to their missions. >> i tell you, they really are. anyone that joins our mission with sim and other missions, we talk about the realistic situation, that there are this is definitely a hardship. yet they have a resilient spirit. their trust in god for a good outcome, and we're praying to that end and we're grateful for really the people of the u.s.
and around the globe that are covering them with prayer. >> obviously franklin graham, head of samaritan's purse, in close contact with the officials at emory university as well. have you been in touch with him as well? >> we have not. but we are continuing to make arrangements, particularly that we'd like to encourage nancy -- it's wonderful, i think they have, i saw on a news report, they have glass. one of the procedures is to have contact with friends, family, encourage nancy and kent for their full recovery. and even though this is a deadly disease, we need to be concerned. at the same time, the general public can rest assured the kind of facilities like emory, the survival rate just goes up dramatically because of the kind of care that they're receiving there and the kind of care that they received in liberia.
>> you know, we understand that she remains in stable but serious condition. receiving that experimental drug that doctors are hoping will better address her condition. i find that story of how she received that drug so moving from the point of view that the doctor asked that she be given the drug first. >> and in talking with the physicians, the situation is there were four dosages that were flown in, and between dr. kent and nancy and their physicians, they all decided that nancy would get three of the doses and kent would get one dose. >> and from what you're hearing, what impact does this experimental drug have on a situation like this when we know there is no known cure? >> you know, we haven't seen what the results are yet. the good news is, is that for both of them there's really been
no deterioration in their condition. we don't know if that's the result of the drug, the prayers of god's people or where they are in the cycle of this ebola virus. it's very unpredictable in terms of one day up, one day down. but i tell you, our thumbs are up that they're doing well today and the last few days. >> in case you're just joining us, you're taking a look at live pictures from atlanta of the ambulance that is making its way to emory university hospital where the doctor will be treated for ebola there in a special isolated unit with highly trained personnel who are very familiar with infectious diseases and will be keeping close watch. talk to me for a moment, sir, about the impact this has had on the work that's being done in africa right now by your organization. >> yeah, thank you.
as a matter of fact, this is another amazing story. a doctor flew in, arrived there yesterday. he was willing to go into this situation and sim has another doctor that will be leaving just shortly to be able to go into monrovia. the situation is such that trained medical workers are desperately needed, and i've really been encouraged by the outpouring, particularly of the world health organization. i heard a report that $100 million to help get people in there is needed as well as our doctors going in to assess. we have liberian staff and other staff that are working there. our hospital is temporarily closed down, but we're looking forward to getting it restarted and really providing care for the liberian people. so our work will continue there. >> your work is continuing and you're encouraged by the fact that people are actually
volunteering and saying they want to go down to liberia and be part of the work that's happening right now and they are not afraid of what they may encounter regarding ebola. >> uma, that's a great point. this disease is not something to be feared. it's something that through proper precautions can really be taken care of. and i so appreciate how the experts from cdc, emory and other outlets, even the president of the united states, have really come out in the proper way to really help us in the u.s. understand what this is. it definitely is a unique story for the first time that someone -- two people with ebola have been coming into the country. but really this is nothing to fear. we have the kind of infrastructure of health care that will be provided. and i look forward to seeing them. i would have no problem going into the hospital and being able
to visit them. >> it's a wonderful point. adam, let me bring you back into the discussion. tell us more about the hospital, the facility there, where these two americans will be receiving treatment. >> reporter: yeah. as you can see, uma, we've been following the ambulance through our local helicopter. they're very close to the hospital. they got off i-35 north and are now on surface streets as they approach the hospital. we're told that they have a special infectious disease unit away from the main hospital, so that actually separates themselves. that's why this is one of four facilities in the country that is prepared to handle this type of infectious disease. also i found it interesting that in that specially built unit, they have their own lab so no lab samples will ever have to go to the main hospital. they can stay and be contained specifically at that location. so that's where the doctor will be brought as well as nancy writebol, she'll be brought there as well to this special unit to handle this.
the first time ebola has been brought into the u.s. but it's taken to a location that's very well contained. interesting to see as they drive through the atlanta area. i still have not yet seen police cars. we've seen some unmarked that might be along with them, but i was a little bit surprised that they didn't have at least some sort of police escort, you would think, going from dobbins air force base to the emory hospital unit that will treat them. at this point we have not yet seen a police presence, unless that's an unmarked suv behind the ambulance making its way. we're told it's very, very close to the hospital of the again, a 15-mile drive or so from dobbins. by my watch they have been on the road for almost 15 minutes, so it's almost exactly the point where they should be arriving at the hospital. knowing the area a little bit, it seems like they are getting very close to where this location is. again, i think it's interesting to note that emory and the cdc are only just down the street from each other. the centers for disease control and of course the cdc is highly
involved in trying to contain this in west africa. >> tell us again about the condition of the doctor at this point. what do we know in terms of his responsiveness and at what stage that this virus has spread. >> reporter: well, they're careful to give us obviously the full details. there was a report yesterday that he had gone into grave condition, but then we were told today before the flight and it was confirmed once he landed that the doctor was stable enough to make the trip. that's what we were told. obviously stable enough to make that kind of flight shows that there's still some strength there. while they don't go into direct depth of what he is facing when it comes to how far along is he, what's the likelihood of him surviving and that kind of thing, it does tell you that he's strong enough to make that flight and that's very hopeful for family, friends and all those who are praying and hoping this doctor and nancy writebol survive this disease. at this point, 700 people have
died -- more than 700 have died this year that we know of and more than 1300 sickened, again that we know of. as we know, people move and sometimes don't know. it's a two to three-week incubation period with this disease. that's one reason the cdc and others are on the ground in west africa trying to ensure that this doesn't spread and become more of an outbreak than it already has become, uma. >> and again, this facility was built in collaboration with the cdc, which makes this quite special and only one of four centers that is set up to treat a situation like this. >> reporter: yeah. and it's also -- the one thing this facility will be able to do. obviously it's from what we've been told the most prepared in the facility along with three other ones that can handle this type of infectious disease. but if any place in the world can help these two patients survive by making them more comfortable and trying every kind of treatment available, it is this facility.
so if you're obviously a family or friend or someone who's praying for these two individuals, this is where you want them to go. at the same time, there obviously is a lot of concern from americans. when we first reported this earlier this week that this might take place, they might be brought back to the u.s. for the first time in this country's history, there were a lot of people questioning whether this was a good idea. i think after we learned more information and you've seen the precautions taken so far and the containment being done. he's inside basically a plastic tent, we're told, that will contain any of the stuff. again, it's all about fluids. it's not something that goes out into the air. that is -- you know, those are things that should help ease people's fears. hopefully this can be contained in west africa at the same time. as we move towards the hospital, of course we are expecting a press conference at some point from the cdc and the hospital. once the doctor has arrived and has been taken into the facility where he will be treated.
we haven't yet been told exactly when we expect the plane to return with nancy writebol. again, it's a private jet -- >> adam, let me jump in just a moment. we're learning that the plane has left to bring the other patient here to the united states. >> reporter: okay, good. so the plane -- obviously the plane is going to head back to africa and then bring her back so that's going to be somewhat of a trip if you think that their layover time and having to stop and refuel along the way. so it will be sometime, probably another day -- i guess the flight to west africa is 15, 17 hours, something like that. the gulfstream will have to stop and get gas so it's probably a 20-hour trip just to get there and then the return flight as well. roughly 20 hours. so it will be a good day and a half or so before she returns back to atlanta. >> as you can see there, the ambulance arriving at emory university hospital there and heading towards that special isolated unit where the doctor will be treated. let me bring in bruce johnson
again into our conversation. as you're watching these pictures of the ambulance coming into the hospital area, what's running through your mind, knowing that we're learning also that the plane has left for africa to pick up nancy? >> i tell you, uma, i've got goosebumps. it's so great to be with you because i'm getting this update. excuse me. >> very emotional, i'm sure this is so hard for you and something that touches all of our hearts. >> yeah. it's -- those are tears of joy. that kent is here. again, they were receiving great care by our sim doctors on the scene there in liberia, but, you know, there's something about having them come back and be with their loved ones.
and great news that they got that plane refueled. i would imagine they'd need a new crew to get back on it. boy, they turned that thing around. if that's true that they took off again, that just gives me goosebumps. yeah. >> i know. this is something that is a very emotional story, as you point out, for these individuals, for their loved ones and their families, for people like you who have been very close to them and have worked alongside them. you know, we wish you all the best and we wish them the best, of course, as they begin this new journey and this part of -- taking part in the situation where they're going to be treated for this deadly virus. >> thank you so much, uma. it's been just great to be with you. i really appreciate the word that you're getting out to help our neighbors across the u.s.
know that they can pray. they don't have to be fearful. and emory, cdc, really is doing a great job. really appreciate your help with this. >> listen, we want to get the word out. certainly this is a story that has drawn attention around the world and a lot of people are very concerned, of course, about the implications for having the ebola virus, you know, technically here in the united states, even though the doctor is saying the chances for it spreading here is very, very slim. but certainly a situation where the world health organization is calling a major concern because as we've been pointing out, more than 700 people have died. and it's a deadly virus that is spreading in a very big way. for our viewers there, you can see the police car there. the ambulance has stopped. we expect that the doctor will be transported from that ambulance to the special
facility in that isolation unit. from what we're hearing and what we're reading is that these specially trained individuals will be having to wear special suits and masks and gloves, of course, if they're going to come in contact with the doctor in this situation. adam? >> reporter: yeah. remind to all our viewers, this is not an airborne virus, so it's all about touch and not touching any fluids. this is the actual facility we're told where obviously at least the back area of the facility. we're on the emory hospital police department, the emory university police department that's there. and this facility on the hospital grounds but separate from the main hospital. that's a key point. they have their own -- as we mentioned a couple of minutes ago, they have their own laboratory there separate from the main hospital as well so no samples will ever have to leave the location. you're seeing precautions being taken as they prepare to get the doctor into this facility. we're not sure if they're going to take him out here or if
they're waiting for access to be allowed. but you're noticing the person that got out of the ambulance, the driver, already in that very familiar hazmat suit-up which is basically head to toe, everything is covered. when he's done, whether he touched the patient or not, he'll go to an area where he'll be decontaminated. it's a three-step process where basically you're washed down with different agents. by the end you can then undress and take off that suit. it's again, a hazmat situation. that's the way these type of things are treated. so you can see him standing there basically waiting for the next step. as we assume, the doctor will be taken out of this location because that's where the ambulance has stopped. you saw them pass by the main hospital a moment ago. we're told again that this facility is specially built, along with the cdc. it's nearby on basically the same hospital complex but not in the main hospital. that's where we're assuming they stopped right now, uma. as we wait to see the next step where the doctor will be taken
inside. >> do we know when this unit, this special isolated unit, was last used? >> reporter: we don't. it's a relatively new unit. again, when we first heard this might happen earlier this week, our sources -- or my sources that told me this was being considered, they said at the time much less than ten facilities like this in the country and now we know specifically really only four can handle this. we did expect one to be in atlanta. here we go, you see the back door opening now of the ambulance. another medical personnel or medical individual stepping out in full hazmat suit. you see he has a breathing apparatus on as well. this looks like, uma, where they'll take the doctor out. i'm curious to see if he's in this plastic tent we've heard about which helps contain everything. he'll have to obviously decontaminate the entire ambulance as well. maybe they're not getting him out here. i'm not sure. obviously we're speculating at this point to see what the next step is. we know the next step is to wring him into the hospital.
>> we see individuals carrying something very carefully. >> yes. or this could be -- i mean is the patient able to walk? oh, we don't know. we know he's obviously in a very serious condition. they're obviously helping each other over so i'm not sure if one happens to be the patient or if they're carrying something. again, it's speculation as we're watching this from our local affiliate. i do find it interesting that you're seeing other folks nearby not in hazmat suits that are allowed to be getting somewhat close to the ambulance. again, not passed through the air, but i've been in much less serious situations where people were kept further away, so a little surprising that you're seeing some of the staff and security guards getting somewhat close to the ambulance at this point. but again, not having to worry about getting anything via air. as we watch this whole process unfold in front of us. that could have been the doctor walking in right there. >> it certainly looked like birn
was helping the other trying to go through that entrance. >> right. that would make sense the doctor would be in -- you know, he was in a plastic tent initially on the plane, that private gulfstream jet, so it would make sense that he would be in a hazmat suit himself to make sure everything was contained as well. that could have been the doctor walking in. the ambulance driver has gotten back in and is putting his seat belt on. the doctor may have just walked into the hospital. if that was the case, the doctor was able to walk into the hospital, that's a fantastic sign for those holding out hope that he can beat this highly contagious virus. >> dr. mark seeiiegel is on the phone. have you been watching these images as they have been unfolding? >> absolutely. of course we can't confirm whether that's him or not, but i agree if he's walking, that's an incredibly positive sign. to answer a lot of public fears
here, the head of the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases, i interviewed him yesterday and he said any risk here is infinitesimally small. the head of the cdc told me that the containment they're using for dr. brantly is the same they used for sars in 2003, which was an airborne virus. much, much, much more difficult for people to catch ebola. >> very interesting. and tell us a little more what you know about this special facility at emory. >> well, it's one of a kind almost, there's just a couple of them in the country. really for viewers, it would be -- people would be wearing like space suits. and that's kind of out of the movies. anyone that goes near the patient will be completely in kind of a space suit with a mask, gloved and there's no chance that they would come in direct contact with the secretions, which as everyone knows by now, it's really the secretions that transmit this virus, be it stool or vomit or
saliva. which is less likely, or blood. so the chances are extremely slim that they would actually come in contact. they're using very, very strict decontamination precautions. >> and we're now seeing -- we're taking a look at the video that we showed just a few moments ago, which we believe could be the doctor arriving at the hospital there. this was video that we showed just a few moments ago being escorted. this individual is being escorted by another person. adam, you have a question for the doctor? >> reporter: yeah, doctor. we've heard various reports about his condition. watching this video that just happened moments ago, we're repeating it now. two individuals walking in. one looks like a medical professional. the other one really does look like somebody who was sick, also in a hazmat sick. doctor, you obviously know and have done a lot of work on this. the fact that he walks in, i know you said it a moment ago is a hugely positive sign.
but ebola, because it attacks internally, if he was walking, that means he's made some great progress. >> there's no question about that, adam. because the way ebola works, it deactivates the immune system. you don't respond to it and end up with total body organ failure. liver, kidneys shut down. that's the main issue. for him to be able to walk would almost be that he must already be in a mode of recovery. the other issue is that i'm aware through my sources and through the doctor at the nih they're considering using some antibody treatments that are useful against ebola. another reason that we may benefit from him being here, i know there's a lot of fear and concern obviously, but perhaps physicians can learn something from actually treating him here that could be useful in other cases if they appear. >> doctor, thank you very much for your insight, we really appreciate it. i know you'll be keeping a close watch on the developments throughout this afternoon. also we've learned, of course, that the plane is on its way to pick up the other patient who
will be coming to the united states, nancy writebol. she's going to be arriving hopefully within a day or so. adam, thank you very much for joining us with your perspective on all of this. we're going to watch this throughout the day and we ask you to keep it here on fox for any late-breaking developments on this story. now turning to our other big news today, the death toll continues to rise in gaza. palestinian officials saying at least 35 palestinians have died today in attacks in and around the city of rafah. this area is where israeli military leaders believe the terrorist network hamas is holdings an israeli soldier captive. all this as we learn that a team of palestinian negotiators are en route to cairo for peace talks. a top member of the plo executive committee is saying this group will negotiate on behalf of all palestinians. the question now, will israel take part in those negotiations.
joining us now, paul hirshhorn. welcome. >> delighted to be here, thank you. >> the news about this team of negotiators comes from a well-known member of the plo executive committee. she will be joining us shortly. but first i would like to know if it's true that israel will not be sending its own delegation to cairo? >> you know, it's a sad day, it's a sad weekend. we were supposed to be in the middle of a three-day humanitarian corridor to facilitate bringing aid to the people of gaza. we were supposed to be this weekend having a conversation about how we can get out of this mess that hamas has brought down on both sides of this conflict. there was a package put together. assurances, personal assurances were given to the secretary general of the united nations, were given to the secretary of state of the united states and
essentially hamas spat in the face of these two leaders. you know, you can't pick and choose. you can't take a piece of the package and throw all the rest of it out. hamas has proved now to be an organization which has elevated suicide to a place in society which amounts to nothing less than the worship of death. i must just say i was listening to the previous item and i couldn't help but realize how sad it is that you're talking about these two people working so hard to save lives in africa and the sanctity of life and we're dealing here with people who worship death. >> let me ask you, though, to answer my question. are you -- can you confirm whether or not the israelis will be sending a delegation to cairo at this point? >> right now it was made patently clear to everybody by hamas yesterday that they have zero interest whatsoever in a cease-fire agreement. we have accepted and implemented
and abided by seven, i think, we're losing count now. they have rejected or violated all seven. so right now that conversation is on the side. if there is a relevant proposal, we'd be interested. but we're struggling to see how their assurances to the secretary of state of the united states, their personal assurances to the secretary general of the united nation are worth absolutely nothing. you know, one has to question the veracity of their intentions. >> what can you tell us about the search for the soldier that israeli officials believe is being held captive by hamas, although hamas is not claiming responsibility for seizing that soldier. are the military attacks in rafah heating up because that's where you believe you think he's being held as a hostage? >> we've been watching the shifting sands underneath the version of what hamas has said. they have changed the story five
or six times over the course of the day, each time trying to find some version which will hold traction in the face of the white house and the united states describing it as a barbaric violation of the cease-fire. we know exactly when and we know exactly where the abduction took place. two of our soldiers were killed. that is the neighborhood where we're focusing our search. the working assumption is that he's alive. >> we understand also that israel will be making some kind of an announcement later today possibly about its ground offensive in gaza. what can you tell us about the ground operations with israeli troops going after those underground tunnels? is it true that you're coming to the end of the ground operation because you expect the last tunnels to be destroyed in the coming days? >> in about an hour, hour and a half from now, the prime minister will be making a statement. i think it would be prudent to allow him to speak. we have made significant progress.
it's like some sort of a science fiction horror movie, a monster which has emerged from under the ground. tens of tunnels that traverse under the ground and come up in kindergartens in israel. we've made significant progress in decommissioning these tunnels and it's one of the most important strategic goals we have right now. >> so you're saying the prime minister will be speaking later today? >> yes. >> and we expect that the ground operation will be contained? >> in an hour from now. >> so the ground operation is coming to an end? >> i think it would be prudent to allow the prime minister to speak and explain where we're going from here. >> so we can expect some type of major development when it comes to dealing with the operations as they stand right now in gaza? >> in about an hour and a quarter, hour and a a half from now. >> all right.
after the break, we'll have reaction to what you just heard from our israeli leader. i want to thank him for joining us with his insight. we're going to be talking to her next. and we're going to switch gears back in this country when it comes to immigration. you're not getting the entire ory, apparently. that's what one filmmaker is saying about the crisis on the border. and the fatal dangers that come with it. >> in terms of the amount of people that are coming through that have the potential to be spreading disease, we're pretty much almost at 100% because they're really getting no serious check whatsoever. >> that's correct. >> you're going to hear from documentary producer dennis michael lynch who's going to join us. you won't believe what he has to say, but he has some exclusive video to back him up. we'll be talking to him shortly. ♪
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welcome back, everybody. we are continuing the conversation about the concerns that are taking place right now in gaza. let's bring in well-known plo executive committee member joining us now from ramallah. welcome, it's so nice to have you here on our program today. >> thank you. it's good to be here. >> let's begin by asking you to give us some of the details surrounding the palestinian delegation that's heading to cairo for negotiations on a possible end to the armed conflict in gaza. >> well, we have been committed to ending the onslaught, to saving lives, to ending this carnage, and we have accepted to send a delegation, which we had formed the day before made of 12 people, five plo factions, there are more as well, five from hamas and two from the islamic jihad as a unified delegation in order to negotiate, first of
all, a cease-fire but also to negotiate lifting of the siege, providing the palestinians of gaza with the minimal requirements of a decent life and at the same time dealing with the conditions that continually give rise to more and more invasions, more and more attacks on gaza and perpetuating a situation of enormous suffering. so unfortunately -- and we have coordinated this with the americans, with the egyptians, with the u.n. and with different other countries. netanyahu, unfortunately, from the beginning talks about his needing two or three more days to finish his operations, so finding any pretext, any excuse not to send his delegation. and they have announced today officially that they're not sending an israeli delegation to egypt, despite all what they say they want cease-fire and peace. they have already deployed in gaza and already the israeli media are talking about
redeploying and moving the ground troops outside some areas in gaza, particularly the eastern areas, while they continue to shell and bomb and destroy the south, particularly rafah. >> we are expecting to hear from the prime minister, from what we're being told, in about an hour about news related to the ground operation. but you must be disappointed that israel does not plan to participate in the talks as of now. >> well, look, israel has found every pretext to avoid any kind of talks, including the negotiations that john kerry carried out for nine months. and they walked out without any blame because israel is used to getting exceptional treatment, enjoying exceptionalism and impunity and privileged treatment. so the issue is that, yes, israel wants a free hand. even its definition of a cease-fire is for israel to have a free hand to wreak havoc, to kill, to destroy, to bash the palestinians, thinking that all
they need is to ask the palestinians to lie down and die quietly, and that's not going to happen. israel is an invading army. it is an occupying power. it has laid siege to gaza. it has been killing with impunity. 1,700 palestinians in less than four weeks. 9,000 injured. they don't have the facilities in gaza to deal with the injured. there are still hundreds of people under the rubble. there are hundreds of decomposing bodies, we cannot get to them. and whole areas have been totally pulverized. you have 436,000 palestinians who are displaced. and they have nowhere to go, because the gaza strip is very small and vastly populated. >> i want you to stand by for just a moment if you will. we're up against a hard break, but i want to continue the conversation in just a few moments and we will continue the discussion in terms of what the stakes are right now for the palestinian people in gaza. stay with us. (vo) friday night has always
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happening in gaza is an attack on the palestinian people as a whole. but there are those who believe that once hamas became part of your unity government it has in essence hijacked the palestinian movement in the name of extremism and is responsible for putting thousands of lives at riskment wh risk. what's your response to this? >> well, let me just comment on your previous guest's statement that hamas worships death. i mean, it's not enough on the basis of sort of to use the racist language to demonize hamas, dehumanize the palestinian people. talking about self-genocide. your guests talked about worshipping the -- this maligning, this dehumanization, this has to stop if you want to deal with facts.
hamas is made up of a political and military wing. it ran for elections and it won in 2006. so the question is not to just keep using the terrorism label and talking about hamas thinking that this justifies everything you can do to the palestinian people. we are one nation. we have been under occupation. israel was created on palestinian land, after all, in 1948. and now israel is occupying and we accept israel on 78% of palestine. now it wants to take the 22% remaining that we need our state to be on if it wants to be viable. so that's the real perspective. it is not a question of hamas. we need to be free. we need to end this occupation. we need to have the west bank, including jerusalem and gaza, to be one territory or unit as per the agreements which israel entered and to move ahead, so long as israel acts with impunity is exempt from any kind
i urge you to watch it. before we go, i want to say good-bye to our senior producer lexie stemple who is leaving us for new adventures. we will miss you. thanks for making this a great show. all the best. hello, i'm kelly wright. welcome to a brand-new hour of "america's news headquarters. topping the news this hour, two americans infected with the ebola virus are going to be treated for the first time here in the united states. and one of them just arrived. we covered it for you here on fox. also, new fallout for cia drejtor john brennan after he acknowledges the agency spied on senate staffers. plus, new violence in the gaza strip as a search is under way for an israeli soldier believed to be captured by hamas. we begin today with new developments in the crisis at our n