CAIRO (AP) -- The immediate goal is a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas -- but Secretary of State John Kerry says, "Just reaching a cease-fire is clearly not enough."
After meeting with Egypt's president today in Cairo, Kerry said there has to be a "serious" discussion of the "underlying issues."
Egypt has proposed a cease-fire plan that is backed by the U.S. and Israel, but it's been rejected by Hamas.
Meanwhile, an Israeli defense official says an Israeli soldier is missing after a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip. The official says it's not known whether the soldier is dead or alive.
In the past, Israel has paid a heavy price in lopsided prisoner swaps to retrieve captured soldiers or remains held by its enemies.
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