Photo Credit: wikimedia.org
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.

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.”

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

156 COMMENTS

  1. 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?

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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! -]

  13. 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!

Loading Facebook Comments ...