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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!!!!

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