US refrains from criticizing Gaza airstrike

US State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack reiterated calls Tuesday on the Palestinian Authority "to take steps to act to prevent terror." McCormack offered no criticism of Israel for a missile attack in Gaza that killed a leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and a Palestinian who belongs to Hamas. "We certainly understand Israel's right and need to defend itself," he said. "We understand that in any democratic society people look to their government to protect them."