The U.S.-Israel relationship “remains strong and unchanged” despite frustration at the White House following a missile strike on a United Nations shelter in Gaza, the White House said Monday.
The attack on a U.N. school in Rafah over the weekend earned strong condemnation from administration officials, with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett calling the shelling “indefensible” and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki labeling it “disgraceful.”
The White House echoed those concerns, saying the U.S. believed that “the suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians.”
And press secretary Josh Earnest urged the “Israeli military to live up to their own standards when it comes to protecting the lives of innocent civilians.”
But the White House spokesman sought to downplay suggestions of a growing rift between Israel and the U.S.
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