US commitment to Israel's security remains 'rock solid': Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that America's commitment to Israel's security remains 'rock solid' during the conflict with Hamas in Gaza.
During a press conference in Jerusalem, Clinton also stressed that Washington expected a quick de-escalation to a seven-day conflict that has shaken the already volatile region and now threatens to spill over into an all-out ground war.
"The American commitment to Israel's security is rock solid and unwavering," Clinton said at a brief press appearance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the two entered closed-door talks.
"That is why we believe it is essential to de-escalate the situation" in the Palestinian territory, she said.
According to the Telegraph, Clinton made no reference to an agreement to end hostilities and indicated that she expected negotiations to stretch over several days.
"In these days ahead, the United States will work with our partners here in Israel and across the region for an outcome that bolsters security for the peace of Israel, improves conditions for the people of Gaza and moves toward a comprehensive peace for all people of the region," Clinton said.
She also reaffirmed Washington's message that much of the onus rested on a Hamas leadership which rules Gaza but is officially branded a terrorist network by the United States, the report said.
"The rocket attacks from terrorist organisations inside Gaza on these (Israeli) cities and towns must end and a broader calm restored," Clinton said.
"The goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians alike," she added.
According to the report, Netanyahu for his part said he was ready to agree to a "long-term solution" as long as the rocket attacks from Gaza stopped.
"If there's a possibility of achieving a long-term solution for this problem by diplomatic means, we prefer it. But if not, I'm sure you understand that Israel will have to take every action necessary to defend its people," he said.