U.N. Chief: Cease-fire May Come 'Soon'

By LAMA HASAN, ABC News Correspondent, Jerusalem

We're on Day 2 of the U.N. secretary-general's whirlwind tour of the Middle East and on the third stop in Jerusalem. During a news conference with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his outrage at the Israeli shelling of another U.N. installation. He said he’d spoken to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and protested the attack, demanding a full investigation. Barak said Israel was taking the incident seriously.

The secretary-general said his visit comes at a difficult time for Israel and comes with a heavy heart. He also condemned the firing of rockets from Gaza and said it's an act of terrorism and must cease.

He added that from the meetings he'd had thus far he believes some elements are in place for a cease-fire to come “reasonably soon.” Livni responded, saying that Israel will take it on a day-by-day basis.

On the diplomatic front, there's been a flurry of activity. A delegation from Hamas was in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday. While the Hamas delegation says it agrees in principle to the Egyptian initiative, it still has issues with some points, namely the duration of the cease-fire and the need to reopen the Gaza border crossings.

Also, Israeli defense official Amos Gilad is in Cairo holding separate talks with Egyptian officials.

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