US reiterates Israel's right to self defense

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland on Friday reiterated that "Israel has a right to self defense," while calling for a "de-escalation" in the ongoing conflict.
Nuland called on those countries with influence "to maximize the pressure we can bring to bear on Hamas to cease and desist," as the rocket fire "is not benefiting the cause of the Palestinian people and it’s certainly not benefiting the cause of regional stability."
She also expressed "regret and sadness for the loss of life on both sides."