NewsNation | November 19, 2012
>> you. as i mentioned, more than 100 rockets have been fired from gaza into southern israel . you heard ayman refer to that happening today alone. many rockets fired into israel have been intercepted by the country's missile defense system . it is known as the iron dome . nbc news correspondent stephanie gosk joins me from tel aviv . this missile defense that we talk so much about, stephanie, is significant in many ways. it kept down the loss of life, which certainly would have escalated this crisis far faster than what we're seeing.
>> reporter: yeah. it gives them some breathing room. if there was a rocket that landed here in tel aviv that killed a number of people or killed even more people down south besides the three that were killed in one attack, you'd be in a different situation. there would be more public pressure . right now you have tens of thousands troops waiting for the order to go in, and israel 's in a position where they could call that order, depending on public pressure and where they see this offensive going. the difficulty going into gaza as apresident obama talked about over the weekend would be an increase in casualties.led. right now what we're hearing is israeli officials will be meeting tonight including prime minister netanyahu along with his defense minister and his foreign minister to discuss possible cease-fire options. what they're going to insist upon is that the palestinians stop firing rockets into israel immediately, and they have said that they will not stop their offensive until that happens. tamron.
>> thank you very much. again, more insight to what the president discussed with these two leaders. he called on president morsi of egypt as well as prime minister netanyahu, and in both calls the president expressed regret for the loss of israeli and palestinian civilian lives and has agreed to stay in close touch with both leaders. this is new information come inning a minute ago from the white house .