Clinton in Israel: We're Pushing for 'Durable' Peace

Reports say cease-fire deal is close

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 20, 2012 3:42 PM CST

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton said the US is pushing for a "durable outcome" promoting stability following Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip. Clinton spoke alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today after she traveled to the region to help forge a cease-fire after a week of fighting between Israel and Gaza militants. She said "the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians alike."

Netanyahu said Israel would welcome a diplomatic solution to the crisis, but he threatened further military activity and said he is ready to take "whatever action" is necessary. Earlier, as international diplomats worked to cement a deal, a senior Hamas official said an agreement was close even as relentless airstrikes and rocket attacks between the two sides continued.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at Singapore Management University, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Singapore.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at Singapore Management University, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Singapore.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool)
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