The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release November 14, 2012
Readout of the Presidentís Phone Calls with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu
and Egyptian President Morsi
Today, the President spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Morsi
about the rocket attacks being launched from Gaza into Israel, and the
escalating violence in Gaza.
The President reiterated to Prime Minister Netanyahu the United Statesí
support for Israelís right to self-defense in light of the barrage of rocket
attacks being launched from Gaza against Israeli civilians. The President
urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to make every effort to avoid civilian
casualties. The two agreed that Hamas needs to stop its attacks on Israel
to allow the situation to de-escalate. The two leaders agreed to stay in
close touch in the coming days. Earlier today, Vice President Biden
received a briefing from Prime Minister Netanyahu on the events in Gaza.
The President also spoke with President Morsi given Egyptís central role in
preserving regional security. In their conversation, President Obama
condemned the rocket fire from Gaza into Israel and reiterated Israelís
right to self-defense. The two leaders agreed on the importance of working
to de-escalate the situation as quickly as possible and agreed to stay in
close touch in the days ahead.