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White House Response to The Rantisi Killing

As we have repeatedly made clear, Israel has the right to defend itself from

terrorist attacks. Hamas is a terrorist organization that attacks civilians, and

that claimed responsibility for the suicide attack today that killed one and

injured other Israeli guards at the Erez crossing.

The United States is gravely concerned for regional peace and stability. The

United States strongly urges Israel to consider carefully the consequences of

its actions, and we again urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint at this

time. This is especially true at a moment when there is hope that an Israeli

withdrawal from Gaza will bring a new opportunity for progress toward peace. All

parties should focus on the positive, concrete steps needed now to make the Gaza

withdrawal successful.


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