Middle East Crisis

U.S., Israel Sign Deal

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice scored a final diplomatic accomplishment today, signing a deal in Washington with Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni that pledges the United States will help stop weapons smuggling into the Gaza Strip. Cease-fire talks meanwhile were continuing in Cairo. "It is therefore incumbent upon us in the international community to prevent the rearmament of Hamas so that a ceasefire will be durable and fully respected," Rice said.