Obama: Israel Has the Right to Defend Itself Against Inexcusable Attacks from Hamas

(White House) At the Iftar Dinner held at the White House during Ramadan on July 14, 2014, President Obama said: "Our goal has been and continues to be peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians. And I will say very clearly, no country can accept rockets fired indiscriminately at citizens. And so, we've been very clear that Israel has the right to defend itself against what I consider to be inexcusable attacks from Hamas. At the same time, on top of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that we've worked long and hard to alleviate, the death and injury of Palestinian civilians is a tragedy, which is why we've emphasized the need to protect civilians." "We're going to continue doing everything we can to facilitate a return to the 2012 cease-fire. We are encouraged that Egypt has made a proposal to accomplish this goal, which we hope can restore the calm that we've been seeking."

2014-07-18 00:00:00

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