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July 11, 2014 10:47 am

Obama Says U.S. Willing to Broker Hamas-Israel Truce

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama, on March 17, 2014. Photo: Screenshot.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama, on March 17, 2014. Photo: Screenshot.

Ynet – The US is making every effort to deter an Israeli ground operation in Gaza, with President Barack Obama telling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday night that Washington is willing to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

The White House says Obama condemned the rocket attacks and said Israel has the right to self-defense. But Obama also urged both sides not to escalate the crisis and to restore calm.

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