Diplomatic push to end hostilities between Israel and Gaza moves forward but fails to secure ceasefire deal; Clinton arrives in Israel, calls for ‘durable outcome’ to violence. IDF intensifies strikes on Strip
terror groups gained momentum Tuesday, with Egypt’s president predicting that airstrikes would soon end, the US secretary of state racing to the region and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the Jewish state would be a “willing partner” to a ceasefire with Hamas.
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. The Israeli death toll rose to five Tuesday with the deaths of an Israeli soldier and a civilian contractor. More than 130 Palestinians were reported killed.