Two Rockets Fired From Gaza Into Israel

ABC News' Alex Marquardt reports from Jerusalem while the president visits the Middle East.
2:33 | 03/21/13

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You're watching America this morning America's number 1 the early morning news. Good morning ended up breaking news from the Middle East where president Obama's meeting with top Israeli and Palestinian leaders to. Day two rockets were fired from Gaza into the southern part of Israel and NBC's Alex mark parties joining us this morning from Jerusalem with the details. Alex -- when we talk about proximity here just how close was the president to this attack. Good morning John good morning Janet while the president was safe in Jerusalem which is about forty miles northeast of this town called steroids. The Israeli military confirmed that two rockets landed there one. Lightly damaging a house the second landing in the field and setting off a fire there have been no claims response -- of responsibility from Hamas. Or any other militant groups in Gaza we've reached out to Hamas. But haven't received any response now to be -- -- six months ago for example this was it wouldn't even have raised any eyebrows it would have been a non event. A something it would -- cause any headlines because it was so common. Of course today it's significant. For two very big reasons the first is that it violates the cease fire agreement. Between Israel and Hamas that followed after their conflict in November in recent days a Hamas official had warned that they would retaliate. For what they said were Israeli military. Violations of that cease fire and of course the second major reason is that President Obama is here for the next few days. Now to mention that the rocket fired kind of small -- -- a normal day obviously the president they are not small potatoes. But really a reminder of how far away those two sides are in a peace agreement. Absolutely not just between the Israelis and the Palestinians but between the Palestinians themselves. The president this morning is meeting with Mahmoud Abbas the president of the Palestinian Authority which runs the West Bank. Hamas the militant group runs the Gaza Strip so there's an argument to be made. As an analyst it to me earlier this morning that this is -- is -- way of saying her -- way of saying rather. We are here why aren't you talking about -- wanted to talk about -- -- you talking about. Israel's blockade of Gaza so there's a lot of work to be done to bring both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority together but of course even more work to be done. -- gets Israel and the Palestinians back to negotiating table let alone finding. Final peace agreement. All right -- Mark -- and that work is just now beginning line from our Jerusalem bureau thank you.

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