November 20th, 2012
08:35 PM ET

Clinton in Israel to Defuse Gaza Conflict: It's essential to "de-escalate" the situation

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Israel to help broker a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas. In a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Clinton reinforced America's support for Israel.

"America's commitment to Israel's security is rock-solid and unwavering," said Clinton.

Clinton also praised Egypt's president Mohammed Morsy for his role in the negotiations and noted the successes of Israel's 'Iron Dome' missile defense system.

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On Wednesday, Clinton will travel to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.  Then she'll fly to Egypt to speak with President Mohamed Morsy.

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Hamas and Egypt vow calm imminent, but violence rages on

People on both sides of the raging violence between Israel and Hamas were given hope Tuesday that a halt might be imminent. But Egypt and Hamas - which had announced the potential "calming" - soon seemed to pull back on their statements.

Meanwhile, Israel suffered its first military fatality in the week of violence, another child was among the dead in Gaza, and CNN saw a group of men in Gaza drag the body of a man through streets from the back of a motorcycle. In Arabic, the men - who carried weapons - yelled that he was a traitor and Israeli spy.

Israel said it was holding off on a ground offensive into Gaza to give diplomatic efforts time. Those efforts include talks that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon each planned with Israeli officials and with Palestinian officials in the West Bank, where the government is run by the Palestinian faction Fatah. Gaza is run by Hamas, which the United States and numerous other countries consider a terrorist organization.


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