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Obama to Netanyahu: 'Deeply Concerned' About Further Escalation

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:13:29 +0000

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Speaking by phone Friday morning, President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he was “deeply concerned about the risks of further escalation and the loss of more innocent life,” as Israeli troops push deeper into Gaza.

“We've indicated although we support military efforts by the Israelis to make sure that rockets are not being fired into their territory, we also have said that our understanding is the current military ground operations are designed to deal with the tunnels,” Obama told reporters at the White House, noting that as he spoke with Netanyahu, sirens went off in Tel Aviv.

On the call, Obama also “reaffirmed my strong support for Israel's right to defend itself,” saying “no nation should accept rockets being fired into its borders or terrorists tunneling into its territory.”

“We are hopeful that Israel will continue to approach this process in a way that minimizes civilian casualties and that all of us are working hard to return to the cease-fire that was reached in November of 2012,” the president said.

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