White House Defends Israel, President Obama Blames Hamas [Video]

The White House today defended Israeli retaliation for the Hamas coordinated rocket strikes aimed at Tel Aviv.

In a statement released yesterday, President Obama said he had spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, about the Hamas rocket attacks launched from Gaza into Israel and the escalating violence being brought to bear on the Gaza Strip.

The President re-affirmed American support for Israel and its right to defend itself against the unwarranted rocket attacks against Israeli civilians originating from Gaza. The President urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to avoid Palestinian civilian casualties, and both agreed that Hamas needs to stop the attacks on Israel and allow de-escalation of the violence.

The President also spoke to President Morsi, given Egypt’s central role in preserving the security in the region. President Obama condemned the rocket fire from Gaza into Israel and reiterated Israel’s right to self defense. The two leaders agreed on the importance of working to de-escalate the situation as quickly as possible and agreed to stay in close touch in the days ahead.

This is a video showing some of the bombing and it’s resulting devastation.

Article by Jim Donahue

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