White House hopes for ‘de-escalation’ of Mideast violence

“Secretary Clinton and the president spoke about the situation in Gaza … and they agreed that it makes sense for the secretary to travel to the region,” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters.

"Her visits will build on the engagement that we've undertaken over the last several days, including the engagement by President Obama and Secretary Clinton with leaders in the region to support a de-escalation of the violence and a durable outcome that ends the rocket attacks on Israeli cities and restores a broader calm in the region," Rhodes added.

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