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Obama: US committed to effort to 'restore cease-fire' between Israel, Hamas
By MICHAEL WILNER
07/17/2014
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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