Kerry Leaves Israel Without Breakthrough in Gaza Cease-fire Talks

Senior Israeli officials say ground not yet ripe for a truce; U.S. deputy national security adviser expresses hope cease-fire would ensure Hamas' demilitarization.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel on Wednesday evening after a quick visit aimed at advancing a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, but after meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there was no sign of a breakthrough that might enable an end to the war in the near future.