White House: We’re Still Pushing for a Cease-Fire Between Israel and Hamas

‘We have, over the course of time, expressed our concerns about the necessity of the Israeli military to live up to their own standards’

EARNEST: "There have been a number of reports of the shelling of the U.N. facilities in Gaza. I think there have been seven or so reports of that taking place. And we have, over the course of time, expressed our concerns about the necessity of the Israeli military to live up to their own standards, when it comes to protecting the lives of innocent civilians, even Palestinian civilians who were caught in the middle of this conflict. What that statement from the State Department made clear is that the suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians. Now, as you know, Julie, there have been reports of Hamas using innocent civilians as cover to protect their weapons stockpiles or even to protect Hamas fighters. That is a deplorable technique or strategy and it is one that we have strongly condemned and continue to condemn. What we have also been clear about and as that statement laid out in very plain terms - that suspicion that Hamas fighters are operating in the vicinity of innocent civilians does not justify taking strikes that put lives of those innocent civilians at risk."

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