Israeli forces dropped a bomb on an apartment building in Gaza on Thursday, killing a man described as a top Hamas official. Hamas continued to fire rockets into southern Israel, damaging a building in Ashdod.
On the diplomatic front, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met with French leaders in Paris for talks on the crisis. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is scheduled to travel to the region next week, part of mounting international pressure to bring an end to the violence, which has generated protest around the world.
Israel says it will not consider a truce without international monitors and that it is prepared to launch a ground invasion in Gaza.
Robert Pastor, a professor at American University and senior advisor to the Carter Center on conflict resolution in the Middle East, joins Martin Savidge to discuss his recent meeting with Israeli and Hamas leaders, prospects for a new truce before an Israeli ground assault begins and potential options for U.S. President-elect Obama and Secretary of State-designate Clinton.