President Barack Obama used his first official visit to Israel and the West Bank to build urgency for restarting peace talks and seek more patience on confronting Iran, often speaking past government leaders to harness public support.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that Iran must face greater pressure to stop it from developing nuclear arms, his spokesman said. He also expressed hope that disputes that have stalled Middle East peace talks will be resolved.
Israel said it may expand an assault on the Gaza Strip amid a fifth day of rocket attacks on its cities, as regional leaders raced to broker an accord ending a conflict that has killed 67 Palestinians and three Israelis.
Israel called on the Palestinians to abandon their drive for United Nations recognition and restart peace talks as the U.S. and other countries try to work out a compromise aimed at avoiding a Security Council showdown.
Dozens of Israelis crowded in front of a storefront at a Jerusalem shopping mall yesterday to pick up new gas masks, part of civil defense preparations in case the military strikes Iran and the Islamic Republic or its allies retaliate.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Vice President Joe Biden today to explore ways of reviving Middle East peace talks that have stalled over a dispute about West Bank settlement construction.