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US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki issued a brief condemnation of the rocket attacks into Israel by Gazan terrorists on Wednesday, March 12.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also condemned the rocket attacks on Israel, but urged restraint on all parties.

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In contrast, the U.S. statement noted Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself:

The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s rocket attacks into Israel by terrorists from the Gaza Strip. It is reprehensible that dozens of rockets have been fired today alone. There is no justification for such attacks. We call for these terrorist attacks to cease immediately. Israel, like any nation, has a right to defend itself.

Ban noted that the terrorist group Islamic Jihad had claimed credit for the attacks.

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the multiple rocket attacks today on Israel from Gaza, for which Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility,” Ban’s press office said in a statement issued by his New York office.

“While reports of damage and injuries are still being ascertained, Secretary-General deplores the severe escalation of violence,” it said. “He urges all actors to exercise maximum restraint to prevent further incidents that could bring greater escalation and destabilization in the region.”

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

22 COMMENTS

  1. Condemnation of the attacks in the south of Israel was the least democratic states were bound by ethics state, is clear that the Islamist terrorist are the aggressors and that Israel as a sovereign state has the right to defend its citizens in the time and manner more forceful possible.
    Go IDF!
    G’D bless and protect Israel!

  2. israel should drive the terrorists out of all of gaza and the rest of there god given land once and for all . just like the torah says. the god of israel is god who created all things. he tells us plainly that the jewish people are the apple of his eye. also they will never leave the land again and israel is forever. amen

  3. wayne wiggins you are blind you need to read the bible gods holy word read the first 5 books of the bible called the torah and see what the god of israel who is god who created all things. he said i will bless those who bless thee and curse those who curse thee . you no the lord is talking about the jewish people israel. wake up and hear the word of the lord. amen

  4. But at the same time condemn Israel to accept all things the Palestinians want or it will not support Israel in international arenas. So in the future they will not condemn again Palestinians lunching missiles in Israel. It is obvious that Israel has the right to defend itself. We do not need this kind of support from Obama gang.

  5. this is the same woman that said on Saturday that the p a didn't necessarily have to recognize Israels right to exist and now she is condemning rocket attacks out of gaza?? does she really want us to believe the attacks are from a totally separate group?? talk about mixed messages and blatant hypocrisy!!!

  6. When did US and UN understood that, terrorists can show restraint? They should support Israel in completely wipe of all terrorist, once and for all, so peace can come. As long as terrorism is alive, then we can all dream of peace.

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