US to push for Palestinian state
(BBC) The US secretary of state has said the upcoming Middle East peace summit must address substantive issues and advance the cause of a Palestinian state.
Condoleezza Rice said there was no point inviting the Israelis and the Palestinians to the conference, expected in November, just for show.
Ms Rice made the comments after holding talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
They also come a day after the Israeli cabinet declared Gaza a hostile entity.
The move, in response to continued rocket attacks by Palestinian militants in the coastal territory, could lead to the suspension of fuel and electricity supplies.
Mr Abbas and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon have condemned the move.