Obama talks Israel with Turkey's PM

2012-11-17 19:39
Palestinian Hamas supporters march in support of the people of the Gaza Strip and against Israel's military operations, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Majdi Mohammed, AP)

Palestinian Hamas supporters march in support of the people of the Gaza Strip and against Israel's military operations, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Majdi Mohammed, AP)

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Aboard Air Force One - US President Barack Obama called Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to discuss how the two countries could help bring an end to escalating violence between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, a White House official said on Saturday.

Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser, told reporters that the United States "wants the same thing as the Israelis want", which is an end to rocket attacks on Israel by Palestinian militants in Gaza.

The United States is emphasising diplomacy and "de-escalation" as keys to solving the conflict, Rhodes said.

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