NNA - US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, relayed the U.S. full committment and firm support for Israel if it decides to launch a ground offensive on the Hamas stronghold of Gaza.
"No one wants a ground operation, and we want that Hamas would stop sending the missiles and rockets. But in any case, Israel has full American backing," said Shapiro on the "Good Morning Israel" radio show.
Just before Shapiro's talk of full backing for a ground assault, US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday night and offered to broker a ceasefire with Hamas.
"The president expressed concern about the risk of further escalation and emphasized the need for all sides to do everything they can to protect the lives of civilians and restore calm," the White House said in a statement. "The United States remains prepared to facilitate a cessation of hostilities, including a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement."
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