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US Calls for Israeli Restraint Under Rocket Fire, Arab Violence

US contends Mahmoud Abbas is not responsible for Arab violence against Israel.
A car that was damaged after a Gaza rocket landed nearby.

A car that was damaged after a Gaza rocket landed nearby.
Photo Credit: Eshkol Regionl Council

While calling on Israel to exercise “restraint” in the face of incessant rocket fire and nationwide Arab rioting, the United States says Hamas is not really part of the Palestinian Authority unity government.

Moreover, the U.S. contends that PA unity government leader Mahmoud Abbas carries no responsibility for its actions.

Abbas has yet to break his ties with Hamas and dissolve his Fatah faction’s unity pact with the terrorist organization that rules Gaza.

At a State Department news briefing on Monday, spokesperson Jen Psaki admitted to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry had asked Israel – “as he’s urged both parties” — to exercise restraint and “avoid steps that could further destabilize the situation.”

In response to an immediate question from a journalist as to whether Kerry had also spoken with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in the same manner, Psaki responded:

“He has spoken with him over the course of the last several days or week. I don’t – let me see if I have anything specific over the last – he spoke with him – let’s see – I know last Tuesday. He’s been in – I think it’s important to reiterate here we’ve been in touch on the ground very closely with both parties.”

The journalist persisted, noting, “Well, but you’ve seen the comments that are coming out of Hamas. And now that the U.S. has, in effect, kind of accept the fact that Hamas is now in this unity government, you would think that as leader of this unity government it would be incumbent on President Abbas to rein in or take – try and maintain some kind of control over the activities of Hamas. Isn’t that correct?”

Psaki’s reply: “Well, you’re right. I mean, we’ve stated – you’re right in the sense that we have stated from the beginning that we would judge the interim government by its actions, composition, and policies. And based on what we know now, this hasn’t changed. We don’t believe that Hamas plays a role in the government. However, to your point, it is difficult to see how other aspects of the reconciliation process can move forward in this current atmosphere, and we’ve conveyed that as well.”

The journalist did not let up. “Well, I mean, I understand that you – that maybe it’s a technicality that Hamas doesn’t play a part in this government, but it is a unity government that includes Hamas. And I’m just wondering, now does President Abbas more so than ever bear responsibility for the actions of Hamas?”

Psaki: “No. But we have – President Abbas himself has suggested that there would be serious consequences for whatever party carried out the crimes that we’ve been talking about over the last several weeks. And as I mentioned, it’s difficult for us to see, given this current atmosphere, how other aspects of the reconciliation process could continue.”

Journalist: “Just one quick last one. Did Secretary Kerry mention the specific case of this Israeli-Palestinian teen that was beaten?”

Psaki: “I don’t have any other further details, but I think it’s safe to assume when he’s talking about the escalating tensions on the ground, he’s talking about all of the reports that you’ve seen in the news that we’ve all been discussing.”

Journalist continues: “Did you have a response, reaction – and forgive me if I missed it – to the Palestinian teenager who was killed, this cousin of this – or did that happen over the –

Psaki: “I believe we’ve put out something over the weekend. I can double-check that and certainly. . .

Journalist: “Okay. Thus far, have you seen both sides exercising the kind of restraint that you think is necessary?”

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian began her career in journalism out of boredom while earning a BA in Mass Communication, creating a news department at SCSU's radio station because all the disc jockey positions were filled. In addition to her former position as a Jewish Press columnist and senior correspondent and editor at Arutz-7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and numerous other media outlets.


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62 Responses to “US Calls for Israeli Restraint Under Rocket Fire, Arab Violence”

  1. what a load of crap!

  2. Mike Burke says:

    That’s a bit rich! Wasn’t it the SAME US Administration which RECOGNISED Hamas as being in the ‘unity government’ within FIVE hours of its’ swearing in???

  3. Now if it were happening here in the USA Everyday, we Wouldn’t back down!!! This is nuts!!!

  4. Please Obama, go away. Israel shall defend herself!

  5. Bob Riley says:

    Who is the fool who made that statement..

  6. How many ways can we say ‘screw you Obama’?

  7. Stanley Roth says:

    Of course Gaza is not under siege. Food, fuel,medical aid etc goes in . If it was under siege nothing goes and you starve them out. Gaza is just pure evil and its leadership do not want peace

  8. God will defend Isreal

  9. shut the f*ck up US ! f*ck obama regime !

  10. Dani Katz says:

    It’s true, there really are clowns occupying the White House who haven’t got a clue and that’s the best case scenario, would hate to think that they are actually being incompetent intentionally!!!

  11. Issy Rondel says:

    Who care’s what Obama wants, I am sure he would like Israel to surrender.

  12. Maybe the obama mamas want Israel to restrain itself, but that administration does not even remotely represent the views of a large majority of Americans. Go get ‘em Israel. Take back what God gave you to begin with!

  13. Yell the us to shut up

  14. Israel should tell the entire planet to shut the heck up.

  15. Janna, you’re right.

  16. Carolin Knox says:

    Obama is over. Just ignore him.

  17. Delta Kilo says:

    Now…in between Putin n Obama…who would you vote to lead?

  18. What rock is obama sleeping under? Hamas is not part of the Palestinian Authority unity government? I think there is crack in the white house pies and our prezzy is on crack. i can’t believe that! Straight up documented LIES. he’s sounding paliestinian.

  19. Tony Mark says:

    DID THE USA CALL FOR RESTRAINT BY HAMAS FOR THEIR OUTRAGEOUS ROCKET FIRE ON ISRAELI CITIZENS???

  20. Doesn’t matter whether Hamas is part of Palestinian united gov’t. The fact is Hamas is attacking Israel.

  21. Tell the uS to take a hike!

  22. There is a prophecy of the old prophets in which says the holy one of israel’ anger will not turn away because no one goes to battle the enemy; is not the enemy hamas? Why argue, just wipe out Gaza,

  23. There is a prophecy of the old prophets in which says the holy one of israel’ anger will not turn away because no one goes to battle the enemy; is not the enemy hamas? Why argue, just wipe out Gaza,

  24. Ganz gut gesagt. Wir brauchen gar keine USA, lange lebe Israel – Deutschland freundschaft.

  25. Ganz gut gesagt. Wir brauchen gar keine USA, lange lebe Israel – Deutschland freundschaft.

  26. Ganz gut gesagt. Wir brauchen gar keine USA, lange lebe Israel – Deutschland freundschaft.

  27. This ****ers dont have to tell you anything while your people r being killed…hit them hard till they start regretting for their actions….U.S has turned into a wick state

  28. This ****ers dont have to tell you anything while your people r being killed…hit them hard till they start regretting for their actions….U.S has turned into a wick state

  29. This ****ers dont have to tell you anything while your people r being killed…hit them hard till they start regretting for their actions….U.S has turned into a wick state

  30. Let’s shell Vermont every day and see if the U.S. restrains itself.

  31. Let’s shell Vermont every day and see if the U.S. restrains itself.

  32. Let’s shell Vermont every day and see if the U.S. restrains itself.

  33. Let them Bomb your House IslamObama and see how much restraint You have! But then someone one would have to find you First Mr. Transparency!

  34. Ian Conger says:

    **** the USA. Obama is a human ****STAIN.

  35. Ian Conger says:

    **** the USA. Obama is a human ****STAIN.

  36. Ian Conger says:

    **** the USA. Obama is a human ****STAIN.

  37. Ian Conger says:

    **** the USA. Obama is a human ****STAIN.

  38. The US needs to stay out of it. Hamas and it’s terrorist occupation force need to be wiped off the face of the planet. Do we Americans show restraint when dealing with Al-Qaeda or it’s allies? Well, except for wiping out the growing threat of ISIS. Nice policy Obama you idiot.

  39. The US needs to stay out of it. Hamas and it’s terrorist occupation force need to be wiped off the face of the planet. Do we Americans show restraint when dealing with Al-Qaeda or it’s allies? Well, except for wiping out the growing threat of ISIS. Nice policy Obama you idiot.

  40. Ian Conger says:

    Mugen – I totally agree! And I’m American!

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