Secretary of State Clinton must feel she needs more frequent flyer miles for her retirement, because that is the only thing she is bound to get out of her trip to the middle east today. Not that she wont get a cease fire that will undoubtedly happen, but it won't mean anything. The fact that she will be going means that a cease-fire agreement is near.
Internationally, the main focus was on stopping the violence, and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi hinted at a possible breakthrough Tuesday.Whatever is negotiation will only be temporary like every other cease fire, given the fact that Hamas (and Fatah for that matter) have made it clear they do not want peace. Even though the Palestinians have said it over and over, have refused to renounce the call for Israel's destruction in their charters, have refused to make the most basic of concessions (recognize Israel as the Jewish State) in return for major Israeli concessions (such as a building freeze) the Western world refuses to believe that the Palestinians mean what they say--the same mistake westerners made in the 1930s as Hitler rose to power.
Speaking at his sister's funeral in Egypt, Morsi said the "aggression on Gaza" would end Tuesday.
He made the apparently off-the-cuff comments in front of mourners who had come to pay their respects, but did not elaborate. Several journalists traveling with Morsi confirmed he made the remark.
Obama, who was in Cambodia for a summit of Asia leaders with Clinton, spoke on the phone with Netanyahu and Morsi until 2:30 a.m. Tuesday Cambodia time (2:30 p.m. ET Monday) as diplomats in Cairo tried to work out a cease-fire agreement overnight.
White House aides admitted that while talks were not at a stalemate, they believe the negotiations need a nudge that Clinton's presence would hopefully provide.
However, they said they were still working on what any "de-escalation" of the crisis would look like.
Clinton flew out from Phnom Penh in Cambodia early Tuesday and was due to arrive in Israel Tuesday night.