Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that Israel is open to a diplomatic solution to achieve a long-term ceasefire, during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton late Tuesday night.

However, the prime minister reiterated that Israel would do what is necessary to protect its citizens, during the brief press conference prior to their scheduled meeting.

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Netanyahu expressed deep appreciation to the US for its role in the development of the Iron Dome, which the prime minister said has saved countless lives.