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Clinton calls for durable outcome to Gaza violence


Wissam Nassar / The New York Times

Rubble covers a street outside a damaged building after a reported Israeli air raid in Gaza City, Nov. 19, 2012. After a night of sustained Israeli strikes by air and sea and a morning of rocket attacks on Israel, the Health Ministry in Gaza said Monday that the Palestinian death toll in six days of conflict had risen to 91.

Updated Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 | 1:34 p.m.

JERUSALEM — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States is pushing for a "durable outcome" promoting stability following Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Clinton spoke alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday after she rushed to the region to help forge a cease-fire after a week of fighting between Israel and Gaza militants.

She said "the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians alike."

Netanyahu said Israel would welcome a diplomatic solution to the crisis, but threatened further military activity, saying he is ready to take "whatever action" is necessary.

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