Lieberman to UN Chief: Urging Israel to Avoid Ground Offensive Bolsters Hamas

Ban Ki-moon arrives in Israel as part of an extensive diplomatic push, aimed at bringing Israel and Hamas to hold their fire; Hillary Clinton to land later in the day.

A possible ground offense in the Gaza Strip would be much harsher than the limited operation Israel has undertaken thus far, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem on Tuesday.