OTR Interviews

Fox News' Jennifer Griffin, Husband Tell Stories From Israeli-Palestinian Frontlines in 'This Burning Land'

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," March 29, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: They have seen it all and gone places few would dare. They are husband and wife war correspondents who have lived all over the world and covered many conflicts, most recently the unending Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In 1999 they moved from Moscow to Israel, and at first things were reasonably calm. But then they found themselves smack in the middle of a new round of war. Along the way they met all the big names on both sides of this conflict and having a family.

A few years ago they were lured back to the United States now they have a new book, "This Burning Land." I assure you the book will captivate you. It tells you about history and war. And it answers the question you all have, why do they do it? Joining us is Jennifer Griffin and her husband Greg Myre. Nice to see both of you.


VAN SUSTEREN: I'm reading this book, I told both of you that I love it. I read it first because I love Jennifer. I couldn't stop reading it. I found it fascinating. Why do you guys cover wars? What is the attraction?

GREG MYRE, "THIS BURNING LAND" AUTHOR: We got into it 20 years ago in South Africa. Every place we went we found fascinating human stories. It wasn't just the war, the adrenaline. You find remarkable stories time and again. That kept drawing us to places.

VAN SUSTEREN: It is interesting. Even when Ariel Sharon went to the Temple Mount in 2000, were you there?

GRIFFIN: I was pregnant, I had morning sickness, I said do I really have to go down? I was the -- it has been debated, but it was a very combustible time. We were a witness to history that day.

VAN SUSTEREN: It appeared he was freelancing doing it on his own. Would this latest round have started but for going to the Temple Mount?

GRIFFIN: The round you talk about was seven and a half years. We lived there through the intifada. And there was such -- it was such a combustible time. There had been so many expectations raised about a peace process that had come to a dead end. There was so much frustration and there were signs that the Palestinians were gearing up for a fight. This was just -- this was a spark. Greg has a theory about why this is important now.

MYRE: In places like the Middle East we've had these long-standing conflicts that don't get resolved. It just takes a little spark. Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount wasn't the reason the Palestinians launched the Intifada, but this accumulated frustrations, all the turmoil in the Mideast now started with this fruit vendor in Tunisia. Now the entire Arab world is on fire. Places where there isn't a way to have -- where things are locked in place all it takes sometimes is that little spark and things explode.

VAN SUSTEREN: I love learning the history. The first night after your second child was born, were you alone in the Gaza, tell the viewers about that. It explains how war correspondents try to live a normal life.

GRIFFIN: Some people will go away after their first child is born. We ended up just -- we were in the Gaza Strip. I remember telling my mom at the time we wouldn't both be in a place where there's shooting at the same time that was not the case. I think we have video of how there was an incursion and we -- I remember Greg lifting the flak jacket over my head because when to spend another night in Gaza.

We used to have to -- I remember he would call me I would be in the West Bank maybe meeting with the brigade, Arafat's gunmen at the time. I would be in the middle of an interview guys with masks and guns and I would have to say, wait a minute hold that thought and I would call and say it is 1:00. Can you pick Emily up from the preschool?

VAN SUSTEREN: I appreciate the writing style. It is easy to forget names and places. Your personal story makes it very easy to remember the story. I love the way it is written.

MYRE: That was our intention. There's a lot of books on the Middle East. We wanted to tell personal stories. Also what it is like. Israelis and Palestinians have lived their entire life with this conflict. The way this conflict sucks you in, and people who just wanted to keep their head down and live their life. You get pulled in. It felt very much -- it is a personal story.

VAN SUSTEREN: Even reading it, one minute you are having tea with the Palestinians, next with the Israelis.

GRIFFIN: It's one of the few conflicts that you can cross the frontlines and tell both sides. That's really why we wrote this book.

VAN SUSTEREN: It is a great book. Viewers will enjoy reading it.

GRIFFIN: Thank you.