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Week In The News: Middle East Violence, Plane Crash In Ukraine, Immigration At Home

With guest host Bob Oakes.

Turmoil and violence in Israel and Gaza. New Russia sanctions. Immigration battle.

A woman walks at the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP)

A woman walks at the site of a crashed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane near the village of Rozsypne, eastern Ukraine Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP)

Shock this week, over another Malaysia Airlines flight: this one down over Eastern Ukraine. Apparently — said Vice President Joe Biden — “not an accident, blown out of the sky.” What comes next is far from certain. In the Middle East, Israeli tanks roll into Gaza, in a ground assault that may expand. At home, the immigration debate keeps heating up around migrant kids and the border. Chris Christie soaks up GOP love in Iowa. GM CEO back in the hot seat. LeBron back to Cleveland. This hour On point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Guests

Tim Grieve, editor-in-chief of the National Journal. (@timgrieve)

Trudy Rubin, Worldview columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. (@trudyrubin)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From The Reading List

Philadelphia Inquirer: Awful truths about Gaza war –“Israelis have been lulled into believing the status quo can last. In part this is because PA security forces have helped Israel keep the West Bank quiet for the past seven years. They have helped to control Hamas on the West Bank and offered to help patrol the Gaza-Egypt border if a cease-fire with Hamas can be reached.”

National Journal: There’s No Explanation for the Central American Trafficking Law ‘Loophole’ — “The statistics on unaccompanied alien children provide another explanation for the distinction, although it’s a lame one. In 2009, 83 percent of unaccompanied child illegal entrants were Mexican. There were 16,000 of them. It wasn’t logistically possible to give them all the protections that were afforded the roughly 3,000 other kids who crossed the border on their own.”

BBC News: Malaysia airliner crashes in east Ukraine near Russia border – “A Malaysian airliner with 295 people on board has crashed in Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, amid allegations it was shot down. Dozens of bodies are scattered around what is believed to be the wreckage of the jet near the village of Grabovo, a Reuters correspondent reports.Flight MH17 had been due to enter Russian airspace when contact was lost.”

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