BEIJING, Nov. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for a "durable outcome" to the fighting between militants in Gaza and Israel.
She was speaking in Jerusalem after holding a late-night meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Clinton was sent to the region from Cambodia, where she was accompanying President Barack Obama on a visit.
At a news conference with Netanyahu, Clinton stressed America’s stance as Israel’s ally. She said the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu said Israel would welcome a diplomatic solution to the crisis but threatened further military activity when necessary.
Hillary Clinton said, "In the days ahead, the United States will work with our partners here in Israel and across the region toward an outcome that bolsters security for the people of Israel, improves conditions for the people of Gaza and moves toward a comprehensive peace for all people of the region."
Netanyahu said, "Now if there is a possibility of achieving a long term solution to this problem, through diplomatic means, we prefer that. But if not, I’m sure you understand that Israel will have to take whatever action is necessary to defend its people."