Obama to Netanyahu: It's Time for a Ceasefire
President says US supports Israel, but is concerned about death toll
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 27, 2014 4:08 PM CDT
In this Sept. 30, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – In a phone call today, President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the United States is growing more concerned about the rising Palestinian death toll and the worsening humanitarian conditions in Gaza. The White House said Obama reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself and condemned Hamas rocket attacks that have killed Israelis, but pushed for an immediate ceasefire.

The 20-day war has killed more than 1,030 Palestinians, mainly civilians, according to Palestinian health officials. Israel has lost more than 40 soldiers, while two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker in Israel were killed by rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza. The White House said Obama told Netanyahu that the United States is committed to Israel's security, but civilians must be protected and Gaza's humanitarian crisis must be addressed. Obama said a sustainable ceasefire must be negotiated to allow Palestinian civilians in Gaza to return to normal lives. On US talk shows today, Netanyahu said Hamas was already violating the latest attempt at a ceasefire.

Copyright 2016 Newser, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Obama to Netanyahu: It's Time for a Cease-Fire is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 403 comments
Jul 29, 2014 10:38 AM CDT
"Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz, the study was commissioned five years ago by a group called The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those "who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel"." Now you know how a lot of you can ok 1000 vs 16 casualties & say other contradictory things. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/israelgaza-conflict-the-secret-report-that-helps-israelis-to-hide-facts-9630765.html
Lou Bernardo
Jul 29, 2014 8:25 AM CDT
Obama is so out of touch he has no knowledge who began launching rockets into Israel? Doesn't the fool know he's talking to the wrong person? The world's laughing stock flubs again.
Jul 28, 2014 9:34 PM CDT
In Newser's picture of Obozo and Netanyahu, it looks like Netanyahu would like to knock the arrogant bastard on his ass.