Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - 18:52
Kerry pushes truce as Gaza conflict hits Israel air traffic
Washington's top diplomat flew into Tel Aviv defying a US flight ban, to try to broker an end to violence in Gaza, which has killed hundreds and hobbled Israel's main airport.
Secretary of State John Kerry jetted in from Cairo to Ben Gurion airport, with reporters banned from reporting the trip until his custom Boeing 757 touched down.
He immediately set off for Jerusalem where he was to meet visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon, after which he was to travel to the West Bank city of Ramallah for talks with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas.
He was later to return to Tel Aviv for talks at the defence ministry with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that Kerry had been engaged in phone calls with regional foreign ministers until the early hours of Wednesday.