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US: Israel ‘could do more’ to prevent civilian deaths

Obama administration slams Israel, says IDF too lax about civilian casualties
State Dept. Spokesperson Jen Psaki (R) with Secretary of State John Kerry. Psaki revealed Kerry himself has no trust in the promise of regional acceptance he's been lavishing on Israel.

State Dept. Spokesperson Jen Psaki (R) with Secretary of State John Kerry. Psaki revealed Kerry himself has no trust in the promise of regional acceptance he's been lavishing on Israel.
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After weeks of silence on the ongoing Hamas bombardment of Israeli cities, the Obama administration called the accidental killing of three boys on a Gaza Strip beach “horrifying” and criticized Israel for what the White House sees as lax standards on the part of the IDF.

“This tragic event makes clear that Israel must take every possible step to meet its standards for protecting civilians from being killed,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki. ”We will continue to underscore that point to Israel.”

Asked whether the president believes Israel has done enough to prevent civilian casualties, Psaki said: “We believe that certainly there’s more that can be done.”

Psaki added a word of criticism for Hamas, saying the administration has “not made any secret about our strong concern about the actions of Hamas, the indiscriminate rocket attacks, the targeting of civilians,” but stopped short of blaming Hamas for the conflict.

In addition to the White House, Secretary of State John Kerry called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and called on Israel to focus the ground and air attacks on smuggling tunnels. He also said he hoped the operation would be conducted as precisely as possible.

For comparison purposes:

Between 2001-2014, some 21,000 to 23,000 civilians were killed in Afghanistan.

Between 2001-2014, 20,000 to 30,000 civilians were killed in Pakistan.

Between 2001-2014, 133,000 to 147,000 civilians were killed in Iraq.

All these civilians were all killed by U.S., French, British and German forces.

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156 Responses to “US: Israel ‘could do more’ to prevent civilian deaths”

  1. Kerry/USA need to Mind their own business.

  2. Kerry/USA need to Mind their own business.

  3. **** Kerry. He’s part of the problem.

  4. Janek El says:

    try your ideas in Afganistan first.

  5. Janek El says:

    try your ideas in Afganistan first.

  6. Janek El says:

    try your ideas in Afganistan first.

  7. Anna Feder says:

    Kerry, nobody ask you what to do. Just keep your stupid ideas for your stupid president!

  8. Anna Feder says:

    Kerry, nobody ask you what to do. Just keep your stupid ideas for your stupid president!

  9. Anna Feder says:

    Kerry, nobody ask you what to do. Just keep your stupid ideas for your stupid president!

  10. Felix Agawin says:

    BE WATCHFUL PALESTINIAN…FLEABITES AND ASSYRIANS

  11. Felix Agawin says:

    BE WATCHFUL PALESTINIAN…FLEABITES AND ASSYRIANS

  12. Lina Soifer says:

    Israel needs to try harder to avoid civilians while Hamas aims for them. Hmmmm. Interesting!

  13. Lina Soifer says:

    Israel needs to try harder to avoid civilians while Hamas aims for them. Hmmmm. Interesting!

  14. This Administration has lost all creditability and certainly should NOT be advising any other country on what they should do!

  15. This Administration has lost all creditability and certainly should NOT be advising any other country on what they should do!

  16. This Administration has lost all creditability and certainly should NOT be advising any other country on what they should do!

  17. Kim Sloan says:

    Kerry should just retire.

  18. Kerry is an idiot like obama. I’m an American who fully supports you Israel. Kill everyone one of them, or they will grow up to kill all of us. Go IDF….

  19. David Ring says:

    One thing the US Army and the IDF have in common is that both are proficient in killing women and children.

  20. David Ring says:

    One thing the US Army and the IDF have in common is that both are proficient in killing women and children.

  21. David Ring says:

    One thing the US Army and the IDF have in common is that both are proficient in killing women and children.

  22. David Ring says:

    One Israeli dead and 240 Palestinians. Who are the terrorists again?

  23. David Ring says:

    One Israeli dead and 240 Palestinians. Who are the terrorists again?

  24. you mean prevent casualties like the US does?
    “Compare the current Gaza operation to the U.S. operation in Fallujah in late 2004. During the Fallujah attack, 6,000 Iraqis were killed and 50,000 buildings were destroyed, including 60 mosques. ”
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15344#.U8hzMJtOUjA

  25. you mean prevent casualties like the US does?
    “Compare the current Gaza operation to the U.S. operation in Fallujah in late 2004. During the Fallujah attack, 6,000 Iraqis were killed and 50,000 buildings were destroyed, including 60 mosques. ”
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15344#.U8hzMJtOUjA

  26. you mean prevent casualties like the US does?
    “Compare the current Gaza operation to the U.S. operation in Fallujah in late 2004. During the Fallujah attack, 6,000 Iraqis were killed and 50,000 buildings were destroyed, including 60 mosques. ”
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15344#.U8hzMJtOUjA

  27. I think that it is about time that Kerry shut his mouth…no matter what Israel does it is wrong in his opinion…he and the State Department are so PRO Hamas and against Israel that he has just about made me lose all respect for the USA government

  28. I think that it is about time that Kerry shut his mouth…no matter what Israel does it is wrong in his opinion…he and the State Department are so PRO Hamas and against Israel that he has just about made me lose all respect for the USA government

  29. Kerry go and take a hike! Israel will do what it can to protect its people first!

  30. disgusting. they’re trying to strangle Israel and the Jew. I can’t get my head around the double standard of how they treat the Jew.

  31. disgusting. they’re trying to strangle Israel and the Jew. I can’t get my head around the double standard of how they treat the Jew.

  32. disgusting. they’re trying to strangle Israel and the Jew. I can’t get my head around the double standard of how they treat the Jew.

  33. Does the world AND ESPECIALLY ISRAEL have anything to learn from this bozo? KERRY, MYOB!

  34. Does the world AND ESPECIALLY ISRAEL have anything to learn from this bozo? KERRY, MYOB!

  35. Does the world AND ESPECIALLY ISRAEL have anything to learn from this bozo? KERRY, MYOB!

  36. What more could they do?!

  37. What more could they do?!

  38. What more could they do?!

  39. Mary L Smith says:

    Tell Kerry where he can plant those lips, on the south end of a north bound mule!

  40. Mary L Smith says:

    Tell Kerry where he can plant those lips, on the south end of a north bound mule!

  41. Kerry needs to take care of his own country…butt out of Israel’s business.

  42. Randyll RG says:

    Everyone here hates John Kerry…

  43. Randyll RG says:

    Everyone here hates John Kerry…

  44. What about Hamas how about a word for them

  45. What about Hamas how about a word for them

  46. What about Hamas how about a word for them

  47. Kerry/Hillary/Obama, we are anxious to listen to your mea culpa, mea culpa, mea MAXIMA culpa. You put Hamas and the Muslim Brothers in power in Cairo!!! How do you dare to give useless advice?

  48. The US should talk with all the people they kill during their ops. Hypocritical Kerry.

  49. The US should talk with all the people they kill during their ops. Hypocritical Kerry.

  50. The US should talk with all the people they kill during their ops. Hypocritical Kerry.

  51. They have a nerve to tell Israel anything about how to do this war.

  52. They have a nerve to tell Israel anything about how to do this war.

  53. They have a nerve to tell Israel anything about how to do this war.

  54. SY Faith says:

    Oh shut up democrat.

  55. Gabriel Reed says:

    Wow David Ring is not to bright at all. Only one Israeli killed because they know how to protect their own. 240 Palestinians killed bc all they can think about is using their own…..

  56. Gabriel Reed says:

    Im from Texas and we support Israel!

  57. Kerry and Obama can just shut their incompetent mouths and do the job THEY were hired to do and haven’t done at all.

  58. Kerry and Obama can just shut their incompetent mouths and do the job THEY were hired to do and haven’t done at all.

  59. Oh my word…. Kerry…
    Leave pm Netanyahu alone!!!!

  60. Paul Miranda says:

    Kerry, shut your hole and worry about your own borders infiltrated by Mexican cartels and criminals because of your wimpy, two-faced president.

  61. Sherri Smith says:

    Kerry is insane!

  62. Oh Kerry, where did you get your wisdom?

  63. Ben Shoer says:

    So Kerry thinks Israel can do more?!?! How much more can we do but drop leaflets, warn, warn via touch missile strike, etc? How about asking Hamas to stop putting their people as human shields? That might help a wee bit, don’t ya think?

  64. Mike Bridges says:

    I’m absolutely out of my mind angered by the hypocritical bastards who think they have a right to tell Israel how to defend itself. Their very existence demands they be much more aggressive rather than less. The rest of the world needs to take a laxative and rest it. IDF IDF IDF IDF IDF IDF IDF IDF IDF IDF

  65. Israel does not need or want Kerry’s advice.

  66. Israel does not need or want Kerry’s advice.

  67. Colin Fuller says:

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again, this gut is an absolute Moron.

  68. Colin Fuller says:

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again, this gut is an absolute Moron.

  69. You should be worried about Russia, right… open your mouth and speak like a man, about real issues, instead of bashing your own country try picking on its enemies. Be a man, not a mouse which you are currently acting like.

  70. Amanda Close says:

    well the iron dome seems to be working! Oh, soz, we’re talking about the poor sods being used as human shields. Thats the fault of Hamas/palestinians/whoever… comment should be directed further east of Israel. just saying.

  71. Amanda Close says:

    well the iron dome seems to be working! Oh, soz, we’re talking about the poor sods being used as human shields. Thats the fault of Hamas/palestinians/whoever… comment should be directed further east of Israel. just saying.

  72. This is the guy who wouldn’t support his own army buddies in battle….

  73. This is the guy who wouldn’t support his own army buddies in battle….

  74. This is the guy who wouldn’t support his own army buddies in battle….

  75. Tell Kerry to focus on getting on his airplane, going home and minding the affairs of his own nation. Tell him to focus on jihadists coming over from Mexico because we don’t have a fence.

  76. Daphy Duck says:

    Kerry has no point to make. He should look after his own people, not putting his pointy nose anywhere else, especially not Israel!

  77. EXCUSE ME ISRAEL MUST AVOID CIVILIAN CAUSELTIES BUY WHAT ABOUT THE ROCKETS BEING FIRED INTO ISRAEL . YOU MUST BE THE BIGGEST ******* IN THECWORLD BIGGER THAN THE KIMBERLY HOLE

  78. EXCUSE ME ISRAEL MUST AVOID CIVILIAN CAUSELTIES BUY WHAT ABOUT THE ROCKETS BEING FIRED INTO ISRAEL . YOU MUST BE THE BIGGEST ******* IN THECWORLD BIGGER THAN THE KIMBERLY HOLE

  79. EXCUSE ME ISRAEL MUST AVOID CIVILIAN CAUSELTIES BUY WHAT ABOUT THE ROCKETS BEING FIRED INTO ISRAEL . YOU MUST BE THE BIGGEST ******* IN THECWORLD BIGGER THAN THE KIMBERLY HOLE

  80. Kerry should keep his mouth shut. Where were the parents on the beach.no where to be seen. Where were the reprimands io Hamas for all the missals and the tunnels,and the mortars

  81. Kerry should keep his mouth shut. Where were the parents on the beach.no where to be seen. Where were the reprimands io Hamas for all the missals and the tunnels,and the mortars

  82. Kerry should keep his mouth shut. Where were the parents on the beach.no where to be seen. Where were the reprimands io Hamas for all the missals and the tunnels,and the mortars

  83. Because the US cares more than anybody else,not to kill innocent civilians……. Just easier to give ‘advices’ from far….

  84. Tim Meeks says:

    Screw that commie coward john kerry!

  85. Tim Meeks says:

    Screw that commie coward john kerry!

  86. Tim Meeks says:

    Screw that commie coward john kerry!

  87. John Kerry and just about anyone else in the administration are a bunch of buffoons…they need to stay out things and let the SOVEREIGN nation of Israel defend itself to bring peace to her people.

  88. John Kerry and just about anyone else in the administration are a bunch of buffoons…they need to stay out things and let the SOVEREIGN nation of Israel defend itself to bring peace to her people.

  89. John Kerry and just about anyone else in the administration are a bunch of buffoons…they need to stay out things and let the SOVEREIGN nation of Israel defend itself to bring peace to her people.

  90. Sunny Rivera says:

    Men who have not even been in the military much less in combat have No idea how people behave much less how soldiers react day in day out of constant bombardment so have No right to be criticizing what Israel must do or could’ve done. They should use more energy trying to convince those terrorists to STOP their violent aggression against OUR BEST ALLY any nation could ever desire to have. For they are kind, peaceful, caring people who are honest , value all humanity and even care for their enemies. Our leaders could learn from such an elegant statesman like P.M. Netanyahu who so humbly accepted his position to defend His nation and because he has learned about the horrors of war for he , himself fought in a war and learned valuable lessons most leaders only read about. How dare they presume to tell a courageous warrior how to defend their nation. They are not God and since He has Not abdicated His throne No one has the right to tell another leader how to best defend their nation. Instead, come together with other nations and tighten the reins on the enemy and cut off any financial aid to them as well. Our govts. may not rise up to do more for Israel..but I Know our people Stand and Support Israel wholeheartedly. Would our nation be so blessed to have such a leader like P.M. Netanyahu. <3

  91. Kerry and the rest have no concept of what it is like to live in a small country constantly subjected to unprovoked attacks at will. Hamas knew full well what was going to happen if they began firing rockets into Israel and they did it anyway. If anyone is responsible for civilian deaths in Gaza it is Hamas. Cheers, DR

  92. Kerry and the rest have no concept of what it is like to live in a small country constantly subjected to unprovoked attacks at will. Hamas knew full well what was going to happen if they began firing rockets into Israel and they did it anyway. If anyone is responsible for civilian deaths in Gaza it is Hamas. Cheers, DR

  93. Kerry and the rest have no concept of what it is like to live in a small country constantly subjected to unprovoked attacks at will. Hamas knew full well what was going to happen if they began firing rockets into Israel and they did it anyway. If anyone is responsible for civilian deaths in Gaza it is Hamas. Cheers, DR

  94. kerry what are you telling hamas…? Go get the terrorist IDF

  95. kerry what are you telling hamas…? Go get the terrorist IDF

  96. kerry what are you telling hamas…? Go get the terrorist IDF

  97. Geela Gordon says:

    sorry US the people gaza had the warning to leave its their problem if they don’t leave , not Israel problem

  98. Geela Gordon says:

    sorry US the people gaza had the warning to leave its their problem if they don’t leave , not Israel problem

  99. Geela Gordon says:

    sorry US the people gaza had the warning to leave its their problem if they don’t leave , not Israel problem

  100. Kerry needs to shut up and butt out. Maybe he need to further discuss Benghazi with Killery.

  101. Kerry needs to shut up and butt out. Maybe he need to further discuss Benghazi with Killery.

  102. Kerry needs to shut up and butt out. Maybe he need to further discuss Benghazi with Killery.

  103. Yeah, just like they did at Hiroshima . . . .

  104. God bless, Israel and their soldiers who is fighting against Hamas and their evil doing against humanity

  105. Beryl Cohen says:

    HOW DARE THEY? NO ARMY IS MORE CONSIDERATE THAN THE ISRAELI ARMY!!

  106. Knate Stahl says:

    Just a thought…Does Mr “I’m a Liberal and I Care” Kerry also tell Hamas they “could do more” to prevent civilian deaths”?

  107. I disagree the authority in charge of protecting the palistintians is the Jihad Hamas.

  108. Think about this if the Hamas puts people in harms way it’s no accident.

  109. Oriel Bufton says:

    How dare Kerry give advice to Benjamin Netanyahu? He should mind his own business not go interfering in Israel matters, if he can’t or won’t help Israel, he should shut up. Speak up for Israel or go away!

  110. Kerry and Obama should both shut their useless and stupid mouths.

  111. kerry is a baffoon..just like his boss

  112. Mary Hynes says:

    Kerry should just tell Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel!

  113. Cheski Baum says:

    Usa stay out ..How many times did America apologize for killing civilians during drone strikes?

  114. Aron Safran says:

    Like the USA did where, remind me?

  115. kerry is such bad news for usa

  116. they’re not helping so shut up

  117. Aron Safran says:

    From the back of a bottle of ketchup would be my guess.

  118. Ritch Joy says:

    What does he know!

  119. Scott Soffen says:

    Kerry will go down as an ineffective wimp. Hillary was a giant compared to this loser.

  120. Margie Green says:

    What if Hamas made it though the tunnels to kill innocent civilians ?What would the U.S.A. say then

  121. Raymond Felx says:

    Prime Minister Netanyahu knows better than to listen to a bunch of maroons who switch sides to take advantage of whatever situation they THINK will make them LOOK BETTER! Mr Prime Minister, the majority should rule and the majority of US citizens stand tall and proud behind Israel!

  122. Jon Williams says:

    Did i read right? Kerry said accidental death.. You Kerry are an ASS…

  123. Uzi Kattan says:

    Kerry needs a good Israeli swift boating. The Arabs cowardly hide behind civilians who support their terror which makes them legitimate targets.

  124. US IS A BIG NOTHING KERRY OBAMA AND REST OF THE FREAKING WORLD!!!

  125. Sandra Camhi says:

    Were we worried about civilians when we bombed japan
    War is horrible terrible and the need for it is worse

  126. Ronnie Pleet says:

    Kerry simply can’t learn to SHUT UP!

  127. Kerry please shut up !!!

  128. Kerry and non-Jews need to mind their own business.

  129. how dare Kerry even open his evil mouth…..may G-d silence this corruption calling it’s self a man

  130. you’re a good talker all right !

  131. pit Kerry in the front lines

  132. JD Méndez says:

    And exactly who Kerry thinks he is to tell Netanyahu anything?

  133. Jeff Wilson says:

    dont listen to kerry he and odumbo are raving idiots

  134. Jean Kinney says:

    KERRY YOU HAVE NO RIGHT WHAT SO EVER TO TELL ISREAL WHAT TO DO

  135. Violet Helms says:

    At this point Kerry is talking to himself.

  136. THAT IS A WORTHLESS STATEMENT!!

  137. How dare Kerry say something like that? Is he so ignorant and misinformed that he doesn’t even know that Gaza has no sirens, no bomb shelters, they store rockets and bombs in schools and hospitals. The only warnings the Gazan’s get about an attack is done by Israel by leaflets, phone calls and texts. The Gazan govt and Hamas purposely put their civilians in harms way and then blame the Israeli’s. Shame on Kerry for falling for that ploy.

  138. Ina Ina says:

    Focus on your own agenda here in US .Dont tell Israel what to do anymore.

  139. HAMAS IS USING HUMAN SHIELD TO PROTECT THEIR WEAPONS WHILE ISRAEL USING THEIR WEAPONS SKILLFULLY TO PROTECT THE CIVILIANS! ISRAEL WARN THE THE PUBLIC TO EVACUATE TO THE SAFE PLACE, BUT HAMAS WON’T LET THEM???????

  140. R.d. Morgan says:

    Well perhaps the US could have been more careful in killing an estimated 50,000 civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan and with their drone strikes as well….Two-faced creep….

  141. Marla Kojima says:

    And again, who do Kerry and Obama think they are? Czars of the world?

  142. No **** Kerry. And

  143. Peggy Green says:

    You mean Hamas can do more. The Hamas is the one that puts women children around their cache of weapons and into their launching sites. They are the ones killing the civilians. If their government had spent millions building bomb shelters and warning systems instead of spending millions on weapons and tunnels (did you know that one tunnel cost more than a million dollars to build) there would be fewer casualties. The billions poured into Gaza should have built an area equal to any resort area on any seaside. Instead they chose terrorism.

  144. Tell ******* Kerry to mind his own business…go bottle ketchup!

  145. GOD BLESS ISRAELI!!!

  146. JOB 34: 1 Then Elihu continued, saying: 2 Hear my words, you wise men, and listen to me, you knowledgeable ones.
    3 For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.
    4 Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good. [- Israel knows and does right. Kerry/Obama words are tested and we spew them out as the filthy lies we know them to be! -]

  147. Karen Bryant says:

    Kerry’s mouth moves but nothing intelligent comes out.

  148. He serves his masta Obama.

  149. Carol Horton says:

    THE TERRORISTS ARE HIDING BEHIND THE CIVILIANS/ WHAT CAN YOU DO?? IT IS THEIR FAULT THAT THEIR PEOPLE ARE BEING KILLED NOT ISRAEL’S.

  150. Very good! Israel and their brave leaders/military have purchased their voices via generations of sacrifice! Silence to these ‘leaders/minions’ in USA and elsewhere which have no grounds for speaking! Hat’s off to Netanyahu and those who serve Israel!

  151. I am pretty sure that giving repeated warnings for the innocents to get out over the space of 3 days is doing a great deal. Obama/Kerry disgraced America for over 6 years now. We are weary of them.

  152. so Israel will just watch and see rockets falling on them while witholding their fire for fear of killing innocent civilian? what a one sided advice!

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