Bush condemns Hamas attacks
President George W. Bush is branding the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel an “act of terror.”
In his weekly radio address, Bush accused the Palestinian militant group of provoking Israeli military action with rocket attacks and increasing the death toll by secreting its arms within civilian populations.
“The United States is leading diplomatic efforts to achieve a meaningful cease-fire that is fully respected,” Bush said. “Another one-way cease-fire that leads to rocket attacks on Israel is not acceptable. And promises from Hamas will not suffice — there must be monitoring mechanisms in place to help ensure that smuggling of weapons to terrorist groups in Gaza comes to an end.”
The White House released Bush’s radio address a day early. It airs on Saturday morning.
Bush has generally supported Israeli military actions during his eight years in office while strongly criticizing Hamas, Hezbollah and other anti-Israeli groups that are considered terrorists by the U.S. government.
Israel’s air offensive has killed 400 Palestinians. More than 1,400 people have been wounded since the air strikes began on Saturday.