US President Barack Obama says Washington supports the Israeli regime’s “right to self-defense” amid ongoing deadly airstrikes by the Tel Aviv regime on the besieged Gaza Strip.
The US president “reiterated Israel’s right to self-defense” in a telephone conversation with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday, the White House said in a statement.
Obama took the same stance in a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Over the past 24 hours, at least 13 Palestinians, including senior Hamas commander Ahmed al-Ja’abari, have been killed in the Israeli airstrikes. Two children and a woman are also among the victims.
Prior to the phone conversation with Obama, the Egyptian president condemned the Israeli attacks on Gaza and called for an immediate end to the airstrikes.
Meanwhile, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice also defended the Israeli offensive against Palestinians at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
The Israeli regime conducts airstrikes and ground attacks against the besieged Palestinian territory on an almost regular basis.
On June 13, Israeli President Shimon Peres was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.
The 88-year-old Israeli criminal, who has overseen the killing of women and children by Israeli forces in Palestine for decades, received the highest civilian honor in the United States.