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Published on: November 14, 2012 08:52 PM
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv on November 14, 2012. Photo by Ariel Hermoni/Ministry of Defence/Flash90Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv on November 14, 2012. Photo by Ariel Hermoni/Ministry of Defence/Flash90

Washington - President Barack Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi Wednesday night about rocket attacks being launched from Gaza into Israel and escalating violence in the Gaza Strip.

The White House said Obama reiterated U.S. support for Israel’s right to self-defense from rocket attacks being launched against its civilians and urged Israel to “make every effort to avoid civilian casualties” in its response.

Israel carried out a blistering offensive of more than 50 airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, assassinating Hamas’ military commander in the most intense attack on the territory in nearly four years.

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Israel said the airstrikes, launched in response to days of rocket fire out of Hamas-ruled Gaza, were the beginning of a broader operation against Islamic militants. Israeli defense officials said a ground operation was a strong possibility in the coming days though they stressed no decisions had been made.

Obama and Netanyahu agreed that Hamas needs to stop its attacks on Israel to allow tensions to ease, the White House said. The two leaders agreed to stay in close touch in the coming days. Earlier Wednesday Netanyahu also spoke to Vice President Joe Biden on the events in Gaza.

Obama spoke separately to Morsi, given Egypt’s central role in preserving regional security, the White House said. The two men agreed on the need to de-escalate the conflict as quickly as possible.

With at least 10 Palestinians dead, including two young children, Wednesday’s offensive was certain to set off a new round of heavy fighting with Gaza militants, who have built up a formidable arsenal of rockets and missiles.

It also threatened to upset Israel’s relations with neighboring Egypt and shake up the campaign for Israeli elections in January. In a preliminary response, Egypt recalled its ambassador to Israel in protest.

Israel’s relations have been deteriorating with Egypt’s new Islamist government, and Egypt’s lawless Sinai desert has become a staging ground for militant attacks on Israel.


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 Nov 14, 2012 at 09:42 PM Anonymous Says:

So, if the Canadian government started shelling New York, Israel should call up the U.S. and urge it to avoid civilian casualties in response?

We must be in a fruit loop reality. Israel is shelled, and Obama (thanks all you Jews who voted for him!) has his main concern on Israel's retaliation.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 10:01 PM Yawvous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

So, if the Canadian government started shelling New York, Israel should call up the U.S. and urge it to avoid civilian casualties in response?

We must be in a fruit loop reality. Israel is shelled, and Obama (thanks all you Jews who voted for him!) has his main concern on Israel's retaliation.

Why not? Arafat called up Bush to speak about 9/11......

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM esq Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

So, if the Canadian government started shelling New York, Israel should call up the U.S. and urge it to avoid civilian casualties in response?

We must be in a fruit loop reality. Israel is shelled, and Obama (thanks all you Jews who voted for him!) has his main concern on Israel's retaliation.

I don't know how they justify that vote. honestly, how do they?

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM CommonSense Says:

Bush made the same statements about avoiding civilian casualties.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 10:38 PM Eli Says:

The comments above are so pathetic, but then again, I don't expect more from the Obama haters. What do you want him to say, "make sure you kill civilians"? George W. Bush said the same thing about civilians, by the way, whenever Israel took military action. But Bush can say it and no one blinks. Obama says it and he must be anti-Israel. I wonder why. Actually, I don't wonder why. The answer is clear for all to see, in black and white.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM Yossel Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

So, if the Canadian government started shelling New York, Israel should call up the U.S. and urge it to avoid civilian casualties in response?

We must be in a fruit loop reality. Israel is shelled, and Obama (thanks all you Jews who voted for him!) has his main concern on Israel's retaliation.

Maybe you should thank Obama for the massive funding he provided to build the Iron Dome anti-missile system that's protecting Israel right now.

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 Nov 14, 2012 at 11:42 PM MTL Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

So, if the Canadian government started shelling New York, Israel should call up the U.S. and urge it to avoid civilian casualties in response?

We must be in a fruit loop reality. Israel is shelled, and Obama (thanks all you Jews who voted for him!) has his main concern on Israel's retaliation.

You're really pathetic. To equate Canada - Israel's only REAL friend - with Gazan terrorists?! You couldn't find a better example?

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 12:18 AM clear-thinker Says:

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MTL Says:

You're really pathetic. To equate Canada - Israel's only REAL friend - with Gazan terrorists?! You couldn't find a better example?

Sure...If Crown Heights started shelling Borough Park. Israel is threatened and your worried if Canada is used as an example.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 02:38 AM Anonymous Says:

Israel should go into syria who funds hamas and assasinate assad ym''v

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 02:47 AM Wise-Guy Says:

Doesn't anybody have the gumption to admit when they are mistaken anymore?
Obama recognizes Israel's right to self-defense! He only added a statement that is appropriate (albeit superfluous) that Israel should (continue) do(ing) their utmost to avoid civilian casualties.
I would have said the same thing. (Although I would have also mentioned that it's obvious that Hamas is not careful about civilian casualties...)

I predicted that Obama would show his true colors after winning a 2nd term. So far his true colors ain't too bad...

If the President continues being fair and even-handed then I would say to all the Anti-Obama alarmists "Don't be disappointed. Let's be glad that you were mistaken about him!"

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 07:24 AM Anonymous Says:

what kills me about the Obama haters, is that they want him to say negative things about Israel, or in this case, are trying to find negative things. That way they can justify their baseless hatred.Instead of being happy the US is supporting Israel, they would rather Us not support, so they can continue to hate.

It is the same problem in Congress. They would rather things like unemployment go up, and the economy to slow down, if it gives them a better chance of winning back the White House....as opposed to working on behalf of the country and rooting for it

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 09:31 AM MTL Says:

Grow up! Canada bombing NY or Crown Heights bombing Boro Park, yada yada. Really? How old are you?
The fact is that there is only one country that does NOT tell Israel to show "constraint" when their citizens are attacked.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 09:59 AM Anonymous Says:

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Eli Says:

The comments above are so pathetic, but then again, I don't expect more from the Obama haters. What do you want him to say, "make sure you kill civilians"? George W. Bush said the same thing about civilians, by the way, whenever Israel took military action. But Bush can say it and no one blinks. Obama says it and he must be anti-Israel. I wonder why. Actually, I don't wonder why. The answer is clear for all to see, in black and white.

You are right. People have been brainwashed by the right wing entertainment com plex. After his first year Obama has been as good to Israel as any other president.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

So, if the Canadian government started shelling New York, Israel should call up the U.S. and urge it to avoid civilian casualties in response?

We must be in a fruit loop reality. Israel is shelled, and Obama (thanks all you Jews who voted for him!) has his main concern on Israel's retaliation.

You are very welcome.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 09:13 PM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #12  
MTL Says:

Grow up! Canada bombing NY or Crown Heights bombing Boro Park, yada yada. Really? How old are you?
The fact is that there is only one country that does NOT tell Israel to show "constraint" when their citizens are attacked.

Ok lets change it to Mexico bombing Texas. I hope that makes you feel better, or atleast makes you feel all grown up.
Number 1 simply was making the point that Israel shouldn't be held to a higher standard than anyone else. You have made a mole hill out of an ant. You have looked at a serious issue and turned it into an attack on Canada. Since you are writing on this site I take it that you are old enough to know better.

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