US President-elect Barack Obama today said that his administration was determined to break the current deadlock in Middle East and would ensure that the aspirations of the people of Israel and Palestine are met. Referring to the civilian casualties during the ongoing conflict between the Hamas and Israel in Gaza as "heartbreaking" Obama said in an interview to ABC news on Sunday that this make him all the "more determined to try to break a deadlock" that has been going on for decades now. Obama said he and his administration are gearing up to tackle the issue from Day One after taking over the Bush administration on January 20. "What I am doing right now is putting together the team so that on day one, we have the best possible people who are going to be immediately engaged in the Middle East peace process as a whole," he said. "The team would be engaging with all of the actors there, that will work to create a strategic approach that ensures that both Israelis and Palestinians can meet their aspirations," he added. When specifically asked if his Middle East policy would be a continuation of the past or a clean break, Obama said: "If you look not just at the Bush administration, but also what happened under the Clinton administration, you are seeing the general outlines of an approach." Obama said the reason it's so important for the United States to be engaged and involved immediately, not waiting until the end of their term, is because working through the politics of this requires a third party that everybody has confidence, wants to see a fair and just outcome. "I think that an Obama administration, if we do it right, can provide that kind of interlocutor," he said.