JERUSALEM — Frantic efforts to reach a cease-fire in the 7-day-old Israel-Gaza conflict appeared stalled late Tuesday, after negotiators throughout the day confidently predicted an imminent truce and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton rushed to Israel to appeal for peace.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants fired more than 150 rockets at Israel. For the first time since the fighting erupted a week ago, a rocket hit an apartment building in metropolitan Tel Aviv, in the city of Rishon LeZion.
The rocket, packed with nearly 200 pounds of explosives, caused widespread damage, but residents of the building escaped injury by fleeing to special rooms in their apartments that are hardened to protect them from bombs.
World leaders intervene
Foreign leaders converged on the region during the day to press both sides to accept a cease-fire mediated by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
Mrs. Clinton held a late-night meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She is scheduled to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whose government controls the West Bank but has no power in the Gaza Strip.
However, in a reference to Israel’s biblical warrior king, he warned: “Our hand is outstretched to those of our neighbors who want to make peace with us, and the other hand is firmly grasping the sword of David.”
“Further escalation benefits no one,” he said.
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