Ban Ki Moon, Condi Rice, and Ehud Olmert are in a life raft.....
The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has urged Israel to reconsider its decision to declare the Gaza Strip a "hostile entity".
The Israeli government has said it will cut off energy supplies to Gaza in response to the continued rocket attacks by Palestinian militants there.
Mr Ban said that withholding vital supplies from civilians would violate international law.
But US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended Israel's position.
Later: It should also be noted that Israel makes this declaration of Gaza as a "hostile entity" "on the first day of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit here to promote a U.S.-sponsored meeting of Israeli, Palestinian and regional leaders proposed for this year." (WaPo)
And, Netanyahu makes veiled references to the Syrian airstrike.