US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reportedly been flown to Israel in a stepped-up effort to broker a truce in the on-going challenges between Israel and Palestine, the White House has announced.
The decision to send Mrs. Clinton to the Middle East was made after an all-night cabinet meeting during the President’s trip to East Asia. It comes after Israeli officials announced that ground invasion plans have been put on hold.
Mrs. Clinton is due to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem followed by further meetings with the Palestinian authorities and Egyptian leaders in Cairo. Although the trip is intended to diffuse an otherwise challenging situation by face-to-face dialogue and discussion, Benjamin Rhodes (deputy national security adviser to the President) confirmed that Mrs. Clinton might elude meetings with Hamas leaders during her trip.“The best way to make sure the situation far from escalates is for there to be a peaceful resolution and de-escalation rather than a continued military intrusion.”
The escalating back and forth in Gaza, which has resulted in hundreds of casualties on both sides, emerged over a week ago following the passing of Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari.
Mrs. Clinton’s role as peacemaker aims to encourage dialogue and diplomacy between the two sides and to bring about a swift and immediate truce. Egypt — an apparent influential mediator between Israel and the Palestinians — is expected to play a key role in the talks
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