john-kerry-TRS1-620x254President Obama and his top diplomat gave continued support Sunday to Israel in its conflict with militant group Hamas but expressed heighten concerns about the rising death toll in the weeks-long battle.   Obama spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amid escalating violence that has killed at least 425 Palestinians and 20 Israelis, as Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to go to Egypt to press for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel. Hamas’ armed wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, also claimed Sunday that it had captured an Israeli soldier. An Israeli military spokeswoman told the Washington Post that the country’s army is investigating the claim. More