White House: ‘No justification’ for Hamas attacks
The Obama administration strongly condemned Hamas Thursday for its rocket attacks on Israel.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route to New York. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney addressed questions about the escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas.
“There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel,” Carney said. “We call on those responsible to stop these cowardly acts immediately in order to allow the situation to deescalate.
“As you know, President Obama spoke yesterday [Wednesday] with Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu and Egyptian President [Mohamed] Morsi. In both conversations, the president reiterated the United States’ support for Israel’s right to self-defense. President Obama also urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to make every effort to avoid civilian casualties.
He added, “Hamas claims to have the best interest of the Palestinian people at heart, yet it continues to engage in violence that is counterproductive to the Palestinian cause. Attacking Israel on a near daily basis does nothing to help Palestinians in Gaza or to move the Palestinian people any close to achieving self-determination.”