Kerry defends Israel's right to defend itself

Kerry defends Israel's right to defend itself

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel "has every right in the world to defend itself" from attacks by Hamas militants in Gaza, yet the U.S. is working diligently to obtain an immediate cease-fire in place.

Kerry says Israel long has endured rocket attack by Hamas, & no nation "would sit there while rockets are bombarding it."

Kerry moreover cites tunnels constructed by Hamas in what he says is "an obvious effort" to try to kidnap Israelis.

p>Kerry tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that it's "unacceptable by any standard anywhere in the world" & that Israel must protect its citizens.

Kerry moreover says he believes that President Barack Obama will want him to return to the Mideast shortly to see if a cease-fire can be put in place.

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Source: “Associated Press”

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