Israeli Diplomats Prepare Ground for Gaza Action

Israeli officials say diplomats have been instructed to highlight the plight of Israelis living under increasing rocket fire from Gaza. The move is aimed at preparing international opinion for stepped-up action by Israel's military.

Rocket fire from Gaza has spiked in recent days after the expiry of a six-month truce between Israel and the territory's Hamas rulers.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Monday that Israeli diplomats are meeting with their counterparts and decision-makers abroad.

Ministry officials say the diplomatic moves are meant in part as a pre-emptive step to block a U.N. Security Council resolution that could interfere with an Israeli operation. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the specifics of the Israeli moves were not officially made public.