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Obama: US committed to effort to 'restore cease-fire' between Israel, Hamas
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July 17, 2014 01:55

The United States is committed to a diplomatic effort that will "restore the cease-fire" between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, US President Barack Obama said from the White House on Wednesday, in his first statement on the developing crisis.

Obama noted that the Israeli government for initially accepting a cease-fire brokered by Egypt. The US president affirmed that Israel had a right to defend itself.

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