Un Secretary-General, Israeli PM Meet Over Gaza

(Tel Aviv) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon are holding talks today on the situation in Gaza. Ban arrived in Israel earlier today in hopes of brokering a temporary ceasefire for humanitarian reasons. The idea was rejected by Israel on the grounds that it would only help Hamas fighters regroup. Prime Minister Netanyahu says Israel has been doing everything in its power to limit civilian casualties. He says a field hospital has been set up in Gaza, but claims Hamas is refusing to let injured Palestinians be treated there. Netanyahu says the people of Gaza are in effect "victims of Hamas."
Palestinian authorities say around 600 people have been killed and thousands more wounded in the latest round of fighting between Hamas and Israel. The death toll on the Israeli side is also climbing, with more than two dozen soldiers dead and one reportedly missing.