German FM: Israel has right to protect its citizens

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Thursday Israel has a "legitimate right to defend itself" and protect its own citizens against rocket attacks from the Gaza strip.
Speaking at a conference in Paris, Westerwelle added: "Now it is necessary that everyone contributes to deescalating the situation."
He called upon all parties involved to act "wisely" in an effort to deescalate the crisis.