The social media director of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) has been forced to restrict his Facebook following accusations of racism after he posted a picture with his face covered in mud alongside the caption "Obama style".

Sacha Dratwa, originally from Belgium and now a lieutenant in the Israeli army, uploaded the picture on to the social network in September. However, the post came to prominence over the weekend, following Dratwa’s work during the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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After a raft of criticism for the "racist" image, Dratwa responded by accusing his critics of "publicly misrepresenting" his opinions.

"I am, and have always been, completely candid about my beliefs and have nothing to hide," he said, after he restricted public access to his profile.

“The aforementioned photos do not reflect my beliefs and have no bearing whatsoever on my position in the IDF,” he added.

The fresh post was met with another torrent of criticism.

Galina Vaks posted: “Wow. Your own photos do not represent you??? If you have nothing to hide, why do you hide?”

Sam Williams posted: This guy is racist, simple as, and no amount of hiding photos is going to cover that up.”

Daniel Von Malyon posted: “Why even post the pic when you work in the position you are. If a Hamas spokesman dressed as a Hasidic Jew and put the tagline "Israeli style" you would be milking it for publicity and calling them out on racism.”

Dratwa, who immigrated to Israel eight years ago, currently works as a spokesperson for the IDF on matters of new media.

His post in not the first social media faux pas for the IDF. Following last week’s ceasefire, Israeli soldiers expressed their annoyance by lying on the ground to spell out "Bibi Is A Loser" - using the nickname for Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu.

The picture was posted on hundreds of Facebook and Twitter profiles, garnering similar outrage.

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  • Palestinian Hamas militants parade during a rally to celebrate the Israel-Hamas cease-fire in the Jebaliya refugee camp, north Gaza Strip, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Gaza residents cleared rubble and claimed victory on Thursday, just hours after an Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers ended the worst cross-border fighting in four years. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Palestinian Hamas militants parade during a rally to celebrate the Israel-Hamas cease-fire in the Jebaliya refugee camp, north Gaza Strip, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Gaza residents cleared rubble and claimed victory on Thursday, just hours after an Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers ended the worst cross-border fighting in four years. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Palestinian Hamas militants parade during a rally to celebrate the Israel-Hamas cease-fire in the Jebaliya refugee camp, north Gaza Strip, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Gaza residents cleared rubble and claimed victory on Thursday, just hours after an Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers ended the worst cross-border fighting in four years. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Palestinian Hamas militants parade during a rally to celebrate the Israel-Hamas cease-fire in the Jebaliya refugee camp, north Gaza Strip, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Gaza residents cleared rubble and claimed victory on Thursday, just hours after an Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers ended the worst cross-border fighting in four years. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Palestinian Hamas militants parade during a rally to celebrate the Israel-Hamas cease-fire in the Jebaliya refugee camp, north Gaza Strip, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Gaza residents cleared rubble and claimed victory on Thursday, just hours after an Egyptian-brokered truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers ended the worst cross-border fighting in four years. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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    Members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, carry their weapons as they celebrate after the truce between Gaza and Israel came into effect, in the Nusseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, on November 22, 2012. An Egypt-brokered truce took hold in the Gaza Strip after a week of bitter fighting between militant groups and Israel, with both sides claiming victory but remaining wary. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, attend the funeral of their comrade Nidal Hassan, killed the previous day, in the Nusseirat refugee camp in the centre of the Gaza Strip, on November 22, 2012. An Egypt-brokered truce took hold in the Gaza Strip after a week of bitter fighting between militant groups and Israel, with both sides claiming victory but remaining wary. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, carry the body of their comrade Nidal Hasan, killed the previous day, during his funeral in the Nusseirat refugee camp in the centre of the Gaza Strip, on November 22, 2012. An Egypt-brokered truce took hold in the Gaza Strip after a week of bitter fighting between militant groups and Israel, with both sides claiming victory but remaining wary. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, carry their weapons as they celebrate after the truce between Gaza and Israel came into effect, in the Nusseirat refugee camp in the centre of the Gaza Strip, on November 22, 2012. An Egypt-brokered truce took hold in the Gaza Strip after a week of bitter fighting between militant groups and Israel, with both sides claiming victory but remaining wary. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, carry their weapons as they celebrate after the truce between Gaza and Israel came into effect, in the Nusseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, on November 22, 2012. An Egypt-brokered truce took hold in the Gaza Strip after a week of bitter fighting between militant groups and Israel, with both sides claiming victory but remaining wary. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, attend the funeral of their comrad Nodal Hasan, in Nusairat refugee camp, central of Gaza Strip, on November 22, 2012, after he was killed the previous day in an Isareli shelling. An Egypt-brokered truce took hold in the Gaza Strip after a week of bitter fighting between militant groups and Israel, with both sides claiming victory but remaining wary. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants hold a press conference in Gaza City, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Gazans are celebrating a cease-fire agreement reached with Israel to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years constricting the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants hold a press conference in Gaza City, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Gazans are celebrating a cease-fire agreement reached with Israel to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years constricting the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • A Gaza man hugs a Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant after a press conference in Gaza City, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Gazans are celebrating a cease-fire agreement reached with Israel to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years constricting the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

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  • A Palestinian searches through the rubble of the house of Issam Al Da'slees, top aide of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, after it was hit by an Israeli air strike in Nuseirat Refugee Camp, central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • A Palestinian walks through the rubble of the house of Issam Al Da'slees, top aide of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, after it was hit by an Israeli air strike in Nuseirat Refugee Camp, central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • A Palestinian walks through rubble of the house of Issam Al Da'slees, top aide of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, after it was hit by an Israeli air strike in Nuseirat Refugee Camp, central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinians demonstrate during the meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Clinton shuttled between Jerusalem and the West Bank to help piece together a deal to end Israel's weeklong offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

  • Smoke raises as another missile approaches the target during an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Palestinians demonstrate during the meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Clinton shuttled between Jerusalem and the West Bank to help piece together a deal to end Israel's weeklong offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

  • Palestinians demonstrate during the meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Clinton shuttled between Jerusalem and the West Bank to help piece together a deal to end Israel's weeklong offensive against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 130 Palestinians. Militant rocket fire into Israel has killed five Israelis. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

  • Palestinian mourners pray around the body of Mohammed Ashour, 10, killed the previous day in an Israeli air strike on Gaza City, during his funeral, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Ashraf Amra)

  • Mourners pray over the bodies of five Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes during their funeral in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shuttled between Jerusalem and the West Bank to help piece together a deal to end Israel’s weeklong offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza that has killed more than 130 Palestinians. Militant rocket fire into Israel has killed five Israelis. Clinton was due to travel later to Egypt, which is mediating in the crisis. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

  • A Palestinian man carries the body of Mohammed Ashour, 10, killed the previous day in an Israeli air strike on Gaza City, during his funeral, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Ashraf Amra)

  • Smoke raises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • A dog peeks in to a house damaged by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip after it hit in a community in Be'er Tuvia Regional Council, Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shuttled between Jerusalem and the West Bank to help piece together a deal to end Israel’s weeklong offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza that has killed more than 130 Palestinians. Militant rocket fire into Israel has killed five Israelis. Clinton was due to travel later to Egypt, which is mediating in the crisis. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

  • Israeli army artillery unit fires shells near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a bunker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • An Israeli army artillery unit fires shells from near the Israel Gaza Strip border, southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a bunker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting with Israeli and Palestinian officials trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • Israeli soldiers count shells near the Israel Gaza Strip border, southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a bunker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting with Israeli and Palestinian officials trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • Israeli army artillery fire shells near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a bunker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • Israeli army fire shells near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a bunker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • Israeli army reservists take cover inside an armored personnel carrier as artillery, not seen, fire shells near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a bunker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • Palestinian relatives cry during the funeral of Mohammed al-Koumi in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian journalists in their cars Tuesday, a Gaza health official and the head of the Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV said. Israel acknowledged targeting the men, claiming they had ties to militants. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • A Palestinian relative cries during the funeral of Mohammed al-Koumi in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian journalists in their cars on Tuesday, a Gaza health official and the head of the Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV said. Israel acknowledged targeting the men, claiming they had ties to militants. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Israeli army fire shells from near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a bunker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • An Israeli army soldier watches Israeli army artillery firing shells from near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a bunker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • An Israeli soldier, covered in a prayer shawl, prays at a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a bunker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • RETRANSMISSION FOR ALTERNATE CROP - Smoke rises following an Israeli strike on smuggling tunnels along the border between Egypt and Rafah southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

  • Smoke rises following an Israeli strike on smuggling tunnels along the border between Egypt and Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office.(AP Photo/Hatem Omar)

  • Palestinians react as flames and smoke rise from a smuggling tunnel after an Israeli strike along the border between Egypt and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Hatem Omar)

  • Israeli Army artillery fires from near the Israel-Gaza Strip border, southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a bunker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting with Israeli and Palestinian officials trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • A Palestinian man reacts as flames and smoke rise from a smuggling tunnel after an Israeli strike along the border between Egypt and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office.(AP Photo/Hatem Omar)

  • Smoke rises following an Israeli strike on smuggling tunnels along the border between Egypt and Rafah southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office.(AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

  • Smoke rises following an Israeli strike on smuggling tunnels along the border between Egypt and Rafah southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

  • Smoke rises following an Israeli strike on smuggling tunnels along the border between Egypt and Rafah southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

  • Smoke rises following an Israeli strike on smuggling tunnels along the border between Egypt and Rafah southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

  • A general view of destroyed Hamas government complex known as Abu Khadra after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in the West Bank, trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • A Palestinian man walks between debris after an Israeli airstrike at a nearby Hamas government complex known as Abu Khadra in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in the West Bank, trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • A Palestinian man rides past a destroyed area after an Israeli airstrike at a nearby Hamas government complex known as Abu Khadra in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in the West Bank, trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • A Palestinian man walks between debris after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in the West Bank, trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • A Palestinian man rides past a destroyed area after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in the West Bank, trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Palestinians look at the wreckage of a car after an Israeli air strike that killed several people in Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • An Israeli soldier reads from a holy book as he sits in an armored personal carrier at a staging area near the Israel Gaza Border in southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in the West Bank, trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. Clinton met earlier with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

  • Two Israeli reserve soldiers check their mobile phones near the Israel Gaza Border in southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in the West Bank, trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. Clinton met earlier with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

  • Israeli tanks in a staging area near the Israel Gaza Border in southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in the West Bank, trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. Clinton met earlier with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

  • An Israeli soldier prays next to an armored personnel carrier at a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the West Bank, trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Israeli soldiers talk atop a tank at a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the West Bank, trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Israeli soldiers prepare their armored personnel carrier at a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The Israeli military has been pounding Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a bunker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the West Bank, trying to help negotiate a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Smoke rises from the destroyed Hamas government complex known as Abu Khadra in Gaza City, early Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Smoke rises from the destroyed Hamas government complex known as Abu Khadra in Gaza City, early Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Israeli aircraft pounded Gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, hitting government ministries, smuggling tunnels, a banker's empty villa and a Hamas-linked media office. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Israeli Troops Continue To Gather On Border As UN Call For Truce

    ISRAEL/GAZA, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 21: Israeli soldiers prepare a shell amongst smoke as an artillery emplacement fires into Gaza on November 21, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Despite widespread rumors of a ceasefire, militants in the Gaza Strip continue to fire rockets and Israel continues its bombardment. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Israel to support and encourage a peace deal being brokered by Egypt. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Israeli Troops Continue To Gather On Border As UN Call For Truce

    ISRAEL/GAZA, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 21: An Israeli soldier runs for cover as incoming militant rockets are fired into Israel on November 21, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. Despite widespread rumors of a ceasefire, militants in the Gaza Strip continue to fire rockets and Israel continues its bombardment. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Israel to support and encourage a peace deal being brokered by Egypt. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    An Israeli soldier wearing a 'Talit' (prayer shawl) perform morning prayers while sitting at his tank at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border on November 21, 2012. Fighting raged on both sides of Gaza's borders Wednesday despite intensified efforts across the region to thrash out a truce to end a week of violence that has cost 136 Palestinian and five Israeli lives. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Israeli soldier wearing a 'Talit' (prayer shawl) and 'Tefilin' (phylacteries) performs morning prayers near his Israeli 155mm artillery canon at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border on November 21, 2012. Fighting raged on both sides of Gaza's borders Wednesday despite intensified efforts across the region to thrash out a truce to end a week of violence that has cost 136 Palestinian and five Israeli lives. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A Palestinian man walks amidst debris at the destroyed compound of the internal security ministry in Gaza City after it was targeted by an Israeli air strike overnight on November 21, 2012. Fighting raged on both sides of Gaza's borders Wednesday despite intensified efforts across the region to thrash out a truce to end a week of violence that has cost 136 Palestinian and five Israeli lives. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)