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White House urges calm in Gaza, backs Israel’s right to self-defense

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

US President Joe Biden speaks from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House August 1, 2022, in Washington, as he announces that a US airstrike killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan. (Jim Watson/Pool via AP)
US President Joe Biden speaks from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House August 1, 2022, in Washington, as he announces that a US airstrike killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan. (Jim Watson/Pool via AP)

A spokesperson for the White House National Security Council says, “We are monitoring developments in Gaza. We urge all sides for calm. We firmly believe that Israel has the right to protect itself.”

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