Condoleezza Rice Calls For Gaza Cease-Fire

January 2, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calls for a cease-fire after a violent several days between Israel and Hamas.Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday that the people of Gaza are being held hostage by Hamas. At the White House Friday morning she said the U.S. wants a "durable and sustainable" ceasefire there. "We are working toward a cease fire that would not allow a re-establishment of the status-quo ante, where Hamas can continue to launch rockets out of Gaza. It is obvious that cease fire should take place as soon as possible, but we need a cease fire that is doable and sustainable."

Secretary Rice said there is no sign of that as Israeli warplanes are on the attack for a seventh straight day. More than 400 Palestinians have died, including a top Hamas commander.

A massive funeral in Gaza for Hamas leader Nizar Rayyan and his family 5 daughters, 6 sons, and 4 wives all killed by an Israeli airstrike.

Friday, another tragedy. This time three children killed by Israeli bombs.

Frustration among Palestinians throughout Israel and the West Bank is growing.

Today is Friday, the Muslim day of prayer, and the Israeli government brought in thousands of extra police to keep small protests from turning larger.

Israel barred men under fifty from praying at Al Aqsa Mosque. Outside the mosque, young men fought with police. The anger here is leaving little room for restraint.

For the first time, Israel opened a border crossing with Gaza, allowing foreigners to get out.

20 Hamas rockets were fired at Israel Friday and one Israeli was injured. Israel's defense forces are keeping up a blistering pace. 30 targets hit in Gaza since sunrise no sign of letting up.