Israelis Kill High Ranking Hamas Leader

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli military forces have killed the highest-ranking Hamas leader so far in three weeks of fighting in Gaza.

While officials continue to talk about an impending cease-fire, the fighting hasn't stopped.

Click the player to watch CBN News Senior Editor John Waage's report, plus Gordon Robertson's comments on just who Israel is signaling.

In Gaza City, an air strike killed Hamas Interior Minister Said Siam and several relatives and associates. As head of the security forces, Siam was one of the three highest ranking leaders of Hamas in Gaza.

While Israelis read headlines about ceasefire possibilities, there is little evidence of one in Gaza or in southern Israel, where a grad rocket exploded in the city of Beersheva Thursday, injuring five people and seriously wounded a seven-year-old boy.

With the Obama administration's debut just days away, Israeli leaders are trying to ensure Israel has both military and diplomatic leverage when the Gaza operation finally ends.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was dispatched to Washington to work on the details of a cease-fire designed to end weapons smuggling at the Egypt - Gaza border.

Other talks in Cairo focus on what it will take for Israel and Hamas to stop fighting.

As long as Israelis must suffer the shock and stress of color red alarms, which is the signal for incoming rockets, their army is prepared to stay in Gaza.

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