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Clinton, Netanyahu Meet in Jerusalem

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton upon her arrival to their meeting in Jerusalem, Nov. 20, 2012.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton upon her arrival to their meeting in Jerusalem, Nov. 20, 2012.
VOA News
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Wednesday with Palestinian and Egyptian leaders as she works to bring calm to the violence between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

Clinton held two hours of talks late Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israel officials.

The prime minister said before the meeting that he prefers diplomacy to halt cross-border airstrikes between Israel and the Hamas militants. But he again pledged that Israel will take every action to protect its citizens. He said obviously no country can tolerate attacks on its citizens.

Clinton called this a critical moment for Israel, adding that the U.S. commitment to Israeli security is rock solid. She said terrorist rocket attacks on Israel must end, and that a durable outcome is needed that promotes the security and aspirations of both Israel and the Palestinians. She also said her heart breaks for every civilian death, Israeli and Palestinian.

Tuesday came and went without an Egyptian-brokered deal for what officials are calling a period of calm - not a true cease-fire.
 
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  • Smoke billows from the site of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, November 21, 2012.
  • A Palestinian man reacts as flames and smoke rise from a smuggling tunnel after an Israeli strike along the border between Egypt and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, November 21, 2012.
  • Israelis look at a blown up bus at the site of a bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 21, 2012.
  • Israeli rescue workers and paramedics carry a wounded person from the site of a bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 21, 2012.
  • Palestinian children stand in rubble after an Israeli strike on a house in Gaza City, November 20, 2012.
  • An Israeli soldier stands on a tank at a staging area near the Israel-Gaza Strip Border, November 20, 2012.
  • A Palestinian inspects the damage to a soccer stadium after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, November 19, 2012.
  • Smoke and fire rise up from an explosion in Gaza City, November 19, 2012.
  • A Palestinian man waves the national flag during a protest against Israel's operations in Gaza Strip, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the city of Ramallah, November 18, 2012.
  • An Israeli police officer gestures in front of a burning car after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in the southern city of Ashkelon, November 18, 2012. (Reuters)
  • Members of the Palestinian Civil Defense help a survivor after he was pulled out from under the rubble of his destroyed house after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, November 18, 2012.
  • An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket in the southern city of Ashdod, Israel, November 16, 2012.
  • A Palestinian man kisses the body of one of his children during their funeral in the northern Gaza Strip, November 18, 2012.
  • An Israeli soldier runs with his weapon during a drill simulating a possible ground invasion into the Gaza Strip, at a base south of the West Bank city of Hebron, November 17, 2012.

Recent Gaza Timeline:

  • November 14: An Israeli airstrike kills Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jaabari in Gaza.  
  • November 15: Israeli war planes target militants in Gaza while rockets are fired from Gaza at Israel.
  • November 16: Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil visits Gaza and calls for Israel to stop strikes.
  • November 17: Israeli strike levels Gaza office of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, who is not there, while Hamas rockets reach Tel Aviv.
  • November 18: U.S. President Barack Obama says efforts to resolve the fighting must begin with Gaza militants ending their rocket attacks on Israel.
  • November 19: Egyptian-mediated talks to reach a truce continue.  U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Cairo to support efforts.
Israeli and Hamas have traded rocket fire since an Israeli missile killed Hamas' military chief in Gaza City last week. Israel says the attack was a direct response to months of almost daily rocket fire into southern Israel from Gaza.

The violence has killed more than 100 Palestinians and five Israelis. Most of the Palestinian deaths have been civilians.

Israel has also threatened a ground invasion into Gaza. The Israeli army dropped Arabic-language leaflets over numerous Gaza neighborhoods Tuesday, warning civilians to evacuate their residences and move toward the center of Gaza City.

"The goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians alike. In the days ahead, the United States will work with our partners here in Israel and across the region toward an outcome that bolsters security for the people of Israel, improves conditions for the people of Gaza and moves toward a comprehensive peace for all people of the region," said Clinton.

"Now if there is a possibility of achieving a long term solution to this problem, through diplomatic means, we prefer that. But if not, I'm sure you understand that Israel will have to take whatever action is necessary to defend its people," said Netanyahu.

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by: angelina from: las vegas
November 20, 2012 6:23 PM
The power of lies, deceptions and disinformation as Americans pay the price ofcollective stupidity. “You know very well, and the stupid Americans know equally well, that we control their government, irrespective of who sits in the White House. You see, I know it and you know it that no American president can be in a position to challenge us even if we do the unthinkable. What can they (Americans) do to us? We control congress, we control the media, we control show biz, and we control everything in America.Should any minority be allowed to wield such awesome power? Certainly, not and allowing a people with beliefs such as expressed in the Talmud, to determine what we get to read or watch in effect gives this small minority the power to mold our minds to suit their own Talmudic interests, interests which as we have demonstrated are diametrically opposed to the interests of our people. By permitting the Jews to control our news and entertainment media, we are doing more than merely giving them a decisive influence on our political system and virtual control of our government; we also are giving them control of the minds and souls of our children, whose attitudes and ideas are shaped more by Jewish television and Jewish films than by their parents, their schools, or any other influence.


by: Anonymous
November 20, 2012 3:15 PM
I am not religious, so I can see idiots on both sides of the fence. Israelis are no better than Palestinians we are all human.

I don't believe in religion at all, there is so many of them. Religions have for many years been the basis of wars. It's disgusting, it is disgusting that these people have been fighting wars with each other for so many years killing so many innocent people. I think if both sides were scientificially proven there is no real god such as the ones they are following, they would be scratching their heads.

Religions screw up peoples minds and Israel and Palestine are two perfect examples.

Naming this war out of a bible, entirely pathetic.

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by: Ben David from: NYC
November 20, 2012 10:48 PM
"Anonymous":

I don't see the relevance of your comment.
Israel is responding in protection of human beings, the gazans are fighting in defiance of Israel, with no objective.

To respond to your other comments:
Without religions people would find just as much reason for war as with religion. If people want to start wars, they wil use whatever reason they can think of.

Nevertheless, if the words of one of the most influential founding fathers of the United States of America, John Adams said, "The Hebrews (a particular religious people) have contributed more to the civilizing of humanity than any other people", and this includes no less their facilitating the formation of the American Union.

Is there a G-d?!
While I agree that Christians were political savages from when they hijacked the religion from a group of humble Jews and turned it into "the Church" who's savagery was only curbed by Judeo-Masonic rule of law, and Muslims are showing that they are no less irrational on this front, may Judeo-Masonic law set them straight as well...

Judaism is evidence of the supernatural for, for their very existence to persist is unnatural, their unmatched success in all manner of pursuits unnatural as well, and more than any other evidence, that Jews, only .02% of the world population would transform the majority of humanity from blood thirsty savages to people who recognize justice and morality (your "humanity" is thanks to them, you should only know what your ancestors were up to before we trained them in the arts of humanity [morality & justice]).

.02% have transformed humanity in the greatest of ways.

If anything is evidence of the validity of their system of engineering called Torah (the Hebrew bible), it is the fruits of their labor.

There still remain some who fight the Jews' progress and the progenitors thereof, Gazans are one example, you are another.

Truth will prevail.

Semper Fidelis


by: Sunny Enwerem from: Nigeria
November 20, 2012 3:12 PM
Isreal should lift her blockage on Gaza and no rocket should ever b fired into Isreal from Gaza.


by: Lt. Gerard Dupre from: France
November 20, 2012 1:42 PM
I second brother from USMC...
Israel, we, the French Foreign Legion, solute you

Honneur et Fidélité
Légion étrangère


by: Hassan Saleh from: South Sudan
November 20, 2012 1:21 PM
God bless you Children of the Lord... from all of us in South Sudan and Darfur... we dance and cry in your honor... thank you beautiful angels, guardians of humanity.


by: USA from: USMC
November 20, 2012 10:26 AM
Israel - we, who know, solute you, USMC

Semper Fidelis!!!

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