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U.S. sharpens criticism of Hamas, urges cease-fire

First Published Jul 20 2014 10:19AM      Last Updated Jul 20 2014 10:19 am
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Kerry also blamed the latest wave of violence on what he called Israel’s "legitimate" efforts to pursue and punish those who last month kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers whose bodies were found in the West Bank.

Their deaths were followed almost immediately by what authorities believe was a retribution attack on a Palestinian youth who was strangled, beaten and burned to death.

Tensions between Israel and Palestinian authorities have been simmering for years. They threatened to boil over this spring when Israel shelved nearly nine months of peace negotiations that were being personally shepherded by Kerry after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to create a unity government with Hamas.



"No country could sit by and not take steps to try to deal with people who are sending thousands of rockets your way," Kerry said.

Kerry spoke Sunday on all five major news network talks shows: NBC, CNN, ABC, CBS’ "Face the Nation" and "Fox News Sunday."

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