David Axelrod - White House Advisor
Tzipi Livni - Israel Opposition Leader
Salam Fayyad - PM Palestinian Authority
Amanpour: Welcome David - Congressional Dems don’t want to cut taxes for the rich!
Axelrod: well do they want to raises taxes on the middle class and end unemployment benefits?
Amanpour: make me an offer
Axelrod: I’m not here to negotiate
Amanpour: what about the estate tax?
Axelrod: hey did you know there is a payroll tax cut?
Amanpour: Obama said he wouldn’t accept a tax
cut for the rich
Axelrod: right he never ever will - that would borrow money from China for no reason
Amanpour: but the deal extends the cuts
Axelrod: ah but not permanently
Amanpour: so will you raise taxes in 2012 which is after all an election year?
Axelrod: sure because the economy will have recovered by then
Amanpour: you negotiated with the GOP and
didn’t include any Democrats
Axelrod: It all happened so fast - Obama was at home watching the finale of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ with Mitch McConnell and suddenly we had
Amanpour: Is Obama ditching liberal Dems?
Axelrod: not at all - he’s just ignoring them
Amanpour: Is Obama too much pulpit and not enough bully?
Axelrod: ha good one
Amanpour: Larry Summers says if we don’t make a deal we will have a double-dip recession
Axelrod: no he only said that it might happen
Amanpour: what’s so great about the deal?
Axelrod: it will get corporations off the economic sidelines and in the game!
Amanpour: this will add a trillion dollars to the debt!
Axelrod: these are existing tax cuts Christiane!
Amanpour: even so - how can we live with this debt?
Axelrod: what we can’t live with is this crappy economy
Amanpour: will any Democrats vote for the deal?
Axelrod: hey we hate this deal too - politics is the
art of compromise
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Amanpour: This just in - Israel and Palestinians
are still fighting
Amanpour: Why are you humiliating the
Livni: We all want a peace treaty - I think
Fayyad: the process is broken
Amanpour: Can we make Jerusalem a place for all faiths to come together in peace - like Epcot
Livni: that’s a nice fantasyland
Amanpour: why don’t you recognize that not all refugees won’t be able to come back?
Fayyad: if only there were some sort of process to discuss all that
Livni: the answer is to create a Palestinian state to take refugees like Israel took Jewish refugees fleeing oppression in Europe
Amanpour: interesting analogy
Amanpour: Can the U.S. help at all make peace between the parties?
Livni: you can’t even do that in America!
Amanpour: good point
Fayyad: why not - they could be our broker
Amanpour: the U.S. has a bloody nose!
Livni: sorry about that
Amanpour: Fayyad has accomplished so much - why not assist him?
Livni: we are - we sent him a whole bunch of hannukah gifts!
Fayyad: thanks so much for those
Amanpour: would you like anything else?
Fayyad: um let's see - how about ending
Amanpour: can you do that?
Livni: Have you tried working with Bibi - he’s nuts
Amanpour: thank you both for coming