JERUSALEME (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton will make new efforts on Wednesday to reach a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Past diplomatic negotiations have failed to put an end to the violence affecting people in the region for more than a week.
Hillary Rodham Clinton and numerous other diplomats will visit West Bank on Wednesday morning hoping they could press the two rivals, Israel and Hamas, into accepting a truce deal. The U.S. Secretary of State has already discussed the matter with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and is expected to travel to Cairo after the Wednesday meeting.
Numerous violent outbursts have taken place in the past week in the region of the Gaza border raising the Palestinian death toll to 138. The decades-long conflict was about to end due to a swirl of diplomatic activity including the U.N. chief and Egypt’s president, but efforts were shattered by night attacks.
Almost all government ministries, smuggling tunnels and Hamas-linked media office were destroyed during the 30 overnight attacks conducted by an Israeli aircraft over Gaza. Attorney Salem Dahdouh’s office was demolished by the impact of the blast. He, like other victims in Gaza, demanded officials negotiating the cease-fire to observe human rights, so they could all live in peace.
While Palestinians accuse Israelis of night attacks, the United States blame Hamas for the recent outbreaks and believes Israel has the right to defend itself. Despite this, Hillary Clinton strongly opposes the idea of an Israeli ground invasion explaining the move could have strong negative consequences on people living in the area.
The Secretary of State declared during the meeting in Jerusalem on Tuesday evening that the United States will adopt measures “toward a comprehensive peace for all people of the region”. Officials will, thus, work to ensure security for people in Israel and to improve the living conditions for victims living in Gaza.
Washington will not negotiate with Hamas’ leaders as they consider the latter to be a terrorist group due to the numerous suicide attacks they made on Israel. Clinton will, nevertheless, meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank because his government could help implement new arrangements that could put an end to the Gaza border conflict.