"The goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians alike," she said at a news conference with Netanyahu. Netanyahu said Israel would welcome a diplomatic solution to the crisis but threatened further military activity, saying he was ready to take "whatever action" is necessary. Top Hamas officials in Cairo, where cease-fire talks were being held, said no deal had been reached as of late Tuesday. `'Most likely the deal will be struck tomorrow. Israel has not responded to some demands which delayed the deal," Hamas official Izzat Risheq said. Israeli officials said only that "intensive efforts" were under way to end the fighting. Israeli media quoted Defense Minister Ehud Barak as telling a closed meeting that Israel wanted a 24-hour test period of no rocket fire to see if Hamas could enforce a truce. In what appeared to be a last-minute burst of heavy fire, Israeli tanks and gunboats shelled targets late Tuesday, and an airstrike killed two brothers riding on a motorcycle. The men weren't identified.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, perhaps the most important interlocutor between Hamas, which rules the Palestinian territory, and the Israelis, said the negotiations between the two sides would yield "positive results" during the coming hours. Israel demands an end to rocket fire from Gaza and a halt to weapons smuggling into Gaza through tunnels under the border with Egypt. It also wants international guarantees that Hamas will not rearm or use Egypt's Sinai region, which abuts both Gaza and southern Israel, to attack Israelis. Hamas wants Israel to halt all attacks on Gaza and lift tight restrictions on trade and movement in and out of the territory that have been in place since Hamas seized Gaza by force in 2007. Israel has rejected such demands in the past. - Huffington Post.
Gaza Death Toll Climbs To 130 After 8 Killed In Israeli Airstrikes.
Eight Palestinians were killed and several others injured on Tuesday evening in the ongoing intensive Israeli war jets airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, medical sources and witnesses said. The sources told Xinhua that three were killed in a fresh Israeli airstrike on a house of a Hamas activist in eastern Gaza city, adding that three more were injured. The sources also said a Palestinian was killed and another was injured in an Israeli airstrike on a motorbike in Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, medical sources said that two Islamic Jihad militants were killed on Tuesday evening in an Israeli airstrike on a car which drove in the central Gaza Strip town of Deir el- Ballah. Another one was also killed in a separate airstrike in the same town. An activist was killed and another was injured when they were targeted by an Israeli missile near the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, according to the sources. Hamas-run Ministry of Health said the death toll since Wednesday in the Gaza Strip has climbed to 130 and more than 1,000 people were wounded in the ongoing Israeli aerial operation on the coastal enclave. Israeli Radio reported that five Israelis were killed, including a soldier, a woman and three men. - Xinhuanet.
U.S. Sending Warships To Evacuate Americans In Israel.
Three U.S. Navy amphibious warships are returning to the eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby in the event they are needed to assist Americans leaving Israel in the coming days, two U.S. officials told CNN on Monday. The officials stressed that an evacuation remains an extremely remote possibility and the Obama administration is not currently planning for one. Americans who wish to leave the region now are able to do so using commercial airlines. The decision to send the ships even if the event is such a remote contingency underscores the growing concern about where the Israel-Gaza conflict could be headed, noted CNN. - Israel National News.
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