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US condemns Gaza rockets
Published Thursday 15/11/2012 (updated) 15/11/2012 16:47
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The US provides Israel about $3 billion per year in aid.
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The United States on Wednesday condemned rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel and expressed "regret" over the deaths and injury of innocents.

"We support Israel’s right to defend itself, and we encourage Israel to continue to take every effort to avoid civilian casualties," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.

"There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel. We call on those responsible to stop these cowardly acts immediately," he said.

"Hamas claims to have the best interests of the Palestinian people at heart, yet it continues to engage in violence that is counterproductive to the Palestinian cause.

Toner added: "Attacking Israel on a near daily basis does nothing to help Palestinians in Gaza or to move the Palestinian people any closer to achieving self determination."

The United States provides Israel about $3 billion per year in assistance, much of it for weapons.

Washington suspended civilian aid to the Palestinians in 2011.

Peres briefs Obama

Earlier, Israeli President Shimon Peres briefed US President Barack Obama about Israel's killing of a Hamas military commander in Gaza, saying the man was a "mass-murderer".

Peres told Obama that the killing of Hamas' Ahmad al-Jaabari was Israel's response to a surge in cross-border Palestinian rocket and mortar salvoes from Gaza.

"Israel is not interested in stoking the flames, but for the past five days there has been constant missile fire at Israel and mothers and children cannot sleep quietly at night," Peres was quoted as telling Obama.

"There is a limit to what Israel can absorb," said Peres, who visited the Israeli border town of Sderot on Wednesday.

As a presidential candidate in 2008, Obama came to Sderot and voiced sympathy with residents under threat of rocket attack from nearby Gaza. He raised that visit during his successful campaign for re-election this month, after being accused by Republican rival Mitt Romney of being soft on Israel's security.
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1 ) myra / ca
14/11/2012 23:57
The US recognize only Israel.any intelligent person can see what is going on.why these countries fear Israel.some eventually will stand up to them.

2 ) Lilith / The World
15/11/2012 01:19
I should think so too. About time. Since the beginning of the year, over 790 missiles have been fired into Israel. More than 125 missiles and mortars have fallen on Israel since Saturday afternoon.

3 ) Mel / USA
15/11/2012 02:02
Obama! U f**cking assh*le! How dare U "condemn"Gaza rockets of retaliation against 67 yrs of USG-backed Zionist invasion/occupation of PALESTINE!Israel has the 4th MOST POWERFUL HI-TECH MILITARY FORCE, & the LEAST MORAL army,or national integrity,&IT CONTINUES TO BOMB,GAS,STARVE,TORTURE,ASSASSINATE,TORMENT,PERSECUTE 1.6 MILLION CIVILIANS in blockaded concentration camp(Gaza),murdering CHILDREN AGAIN TOO!BRUTAL ZIONISM is the 'MASS MURDERER',assassin Obama!CRIMINAL SHAME,on our collusive USG!

4 ) Julie / USA
15/11/2012 03:37
hey OBAMA: in izrahell, "mothers and children cannot sleep quietly at night,"....but in Palestine, mothers and children cannot and do not survive because izrahell murders them. WHAT ABOUT THE PREGNANT WOMAN WITH TWINS WHO THE IZRAELI TERRORISTS MURDERED TODAY?????????

5 ) Palestine Lover / Palestine
15/11/2012 04:07
One day USA of Israel will never have rights like they have today. They will be put in the position where we veto their asses, I want to see those scumbags then, what they will say...............ooooooo let me see, we are victims we are poor victims let them cry and feel the pain that others feel that is the only way they understand.

6 ) Reader / from Edmonton
15/11/2012 05:18
Pawns in all countries including their own, why should Obama care about Palestinians. After all, doesn't Abbas fly in Obama's face? In Israel's face? What's a few more dead Palestinians in Gaza, in Syria, anywhere?

7 ) shirley / australia
15/11/2012 05:32
what afarce US gives green light after Isreal killed 2 children 2 weeks after hamas retaliated then US condems rocket attacks when Isreal starts the violence againand says its xsorry for civillians where were they sorry for the 2 children stop the mind games and MAAN news should be ashamed for participating in this charade that US gives admm what happens to pals the US is engaged at this moment in military campaign that is driving pals from their homes in west bankthis assault is demanizeHAMAS

8 ) ronen / israel
15/11/2012 11:00
first you launch an anti tank rocket into an israeli jeep and then you whine about israel responding, calling it aggression. you are insane

9 ) Carlos / USA
15/11/2012 18:46
Mel/USA has it on the head! israel is terror. Hamas is resistance.

10 ) Barbara / USA
15/11/2012 22:16
Israel has occupied Palestine for over sixty years. The Palestinians have a right to defend their land and drive the thieves out. I am ashamed of my country for covering Israel's crimes and funding them and supplying them with arms. Israel has hundreds of nukes yet won't sign the non proliferation treaty, yet the US puts sanctions and pressure on Iran., who has signed the treaty. What a double standard. Israel needs to be chastised and boycotted. Remove them from the UN for breaking all rules.
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