01/30/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

U.S. Presses Israel On Cease-Fire, Enlists Arab Countries To Press Hamas

WASHINGTON -- The United States is pressing Israel to call a cease-fire in its assault on Hamas militants in Gaza, officials said Tuesday, while enlisting Arab countries to press Hamas to do the same.

The intensive diplomacy is being led by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who made a flurry of phone calls over the last 24 hours to Israeli and Arab leaders. The goal, said a State Department spokesman, Gordon Duguid, is a "reliable cease-fire, one that is durable and sustainable."