Gaza terrorists fired rockets into southern Israel today as Obama visited Israel and the West Bank.
The AP reported:
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On Wednesday, Obama reaffirmed the unwavering U.S. commitment to Israel’s security and noted there had been no fatal attacks on Israelis from the West Bank, which is controlled by Abbas.
That calm has not extended to Gaza, which is run by the militant Islamic Hamas movement. As Obama began his program Thursday, Israeli police said militants in Gaza had fired two rockets at the southern town of Sderot.
One of the rockets exploded in the courtyard of a house in Sderot early in the morning, causing damage but no injuries, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. The other landed in an open field. Sirens wailed in Sderot shortly after the 7 a.m. rocket attack, forcing residents on their way to work or school to run to bomb shelters.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama slammed Israel for expanding settlements on their land and told the Palestinians they deserved their own country.
President Barack Obama spoke critically of Israeli settlement activity and reaffirmed his commitment to the creation of “an independent and sovereign state of Palestine” in a Thursday news conference in the West Bank.
“We cannot give up on the search for peace, no matter how hard it is. … Too much is at stake,” the president said at the joint news conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the second day of his first official trip to Israel.
Obama reaffirmed the “difficult” goal of a two-state solution, adding that Israel’s program of settlements was unhelpful and did not “advance the cause of peace.”
When asked whether he thought a halt to further settlement activity was required before peace talks could begin in earnest, Obama demurred.