U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on September 30, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
Readout of the President’s Call to Prime Minister Netanyahu
The White House Office of the Press Secretary November 21, 2012
President Obama spoke to Prime Minister Netanyahu today and reiterated his commitment to Israel’s security.
The President made clear that no country can be expected to tolerate rocket attacks against civilians.
The President expressed his appreciation for the Prime Minister’s efforts to work with the new Egyptian government to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and a more durable solution to this problem.
The President commended the Prime Minister for agreeing to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal – which the President recommended the Prime Minster do – while reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself.
The President said that the United States would use the opportunity offered by a ceasefire to intensify efforts to help Israel address its security needs, especially the issue of the smuggling of weapons and explosives into Gaza.
The President said that he was committed to seeking additional funding for Iron Dome and other US-Israel missile defense programs.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem, November 20, 2012. [State Department photo by Matty Stern/ Public Domain]
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before their meeting in Jerusalem on November 20, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]