Near the Israel-Gaza border (CNN) -- Hopes were briefly raised then dashed Tuesday for an imminent calm between Israel and Hamas as diplomats fervently sought a way to stop the deadly violence.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in the region, where she met for more than two hours with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She is expected to meet later with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, who is working to broker a cease-fire.
Gaza is run by Hamas, which the United States and other countries consider a terrorist organization.
Clinton spoke to reporters alongside Netanyahu at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, offering Israel the support of the United States and expressing hope for a lasting peace. She thanked Egypt and especially Morsy for their efforts.
"President Obama asked me to come to Israel with a very clear message. America's commitment to Israel's security is rock solid and unwavering. That is why we believe it is essential to de-escalate the situation in Gaza," 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."