US says firm with Israel, no defence policy change

Washington - The US can be firm with Israel on Palestinian civilian victims in Gaza, while maintaining strategic support to ally Israel including defence supplies, officials said on Monday.

On Sunday, Washington said it was "appalled" at Israel's bombing of a UN school in Gaza, an unusually blunt wording but without directly blaming Israel.

"There's more that Israel can do to prevent civilian casualties," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters.

But "it does not change the fact that Israel remains an important security and strategic partner of the United States," she stressed.

"We believe they have the right to defend themselves. While in that - while they have the right to defend themselves, there is more they can do in that - in that regard to prevent events like those that happened just yesterday."

She said the main US goal was "to prevent the indiscriminate rocket attacks and terrorists coming up through tunnels into Israel. We haven't - our concerns about that haven't changed."

"It doesn't mean that we can't also call for a different type of approach or action as Israel is defending itself. In fact, we're saying we hold ourselves to a high standard, and we've had to keep ourselves to a high standard over time, and Israel should do the same," Psaki added.

The US expects to spend a total $30 bn on military aid to Israel between 2009 and 2018. In 2014, Israel received $3.1 bn in military aid.

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Donald Mc Dougall 2014/08/05 01:25:16 PM
If my neighbour throughs fire crackers into my property i will get upset.
Mohseen Kharva 2014/08/05 02:17:44 PM
i think your neighbour wants his property back, the same property you stole from him by killing and chasing his family off! the same property that always seems to be getting bigger and bigger without paying a cent for!!!! Rather strange, dont you think???
Peter Redelinghuys 2014/08/05 02:21:53 PM
Speaking to an American who is a member of a Facebook group I asked him about the conflict in Gaza and the US backing, he explained it was a joint effort between all countries that signed the anti terrorism agreement after 9/11 that supports Israel etc now and only now can they isolate countries that didn't sign the agreement, new world order??
Cyberfriend 2014/08/05 02:27:30 PM
Unfortunately it seems that the Israelis greed wont stop.
Jamill Ahmed 2014/08/05 03:00:39 PM
As said and proven a king can lose his throne if russia was an arab state usa would be long time there to get rid of the "terrorist" but were slapped with sanctions and the reason for that is russia will kick usa and isreals backside they fear putin. World trade 9/11 were called terrorists. ..flight MH17 THEY ARE REFERED TO AS REBELS MAKES ONE WONDER DOESNT IT? ????????
ProfAndyZulu 2014/08/05 03:03:40 PM
America "...holds themselves to high standards." Puke. They are the biggest bunch of hypocrites and war-mongers on the planet. What sort of standards are those?
Zebson Moyo 2014/08/05 03:27:21 PM
high standard.... whatever that means.
Mohamed Ameerodien 2014/08/05 05:19:52 PM
Lol 'stay firm' my @@sss
Makhulu Zulu 2014/08/05 07:16:55 PM
USA UK and Israel are the real terrorists.
Mally Gee 2014/08/05 10:18:24 PM
Hey USA, Maybe you should shutup when considering all the bloodshed attributed to your wars of self-satisfaction and oil-preservation. Yet you ignoredthe human devastation and indescribable suffering in Zimbabwe; DRC; Darfur etc etc.