Conflict along the Gaza Strip
The President commended the Prime Minister for agreeing to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal – which the President recommended the Prime Minster do – while reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself.
The President said that the United States would use the opportunity offered by a ceasefire to intensify efforts to help Israel address its security needs, especially the issue of the smuggling of weapons and explosives into Gaza.
- Excerpt from a readeout of President Obama's call to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, as distributed by the White House
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