September 29, 2008
CRAWFORD, Texas – The Bush administration called Monday for an end to the new flare up in Mideast violence, saying Hamas has “once again shown its true colors as a terrorist organization” with attacks on Israel.
White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said the Hamas organization had chosen not to renew a six-month cease-fire agreement arranged by Egypt. At the same time, he said the United States has asked Israel to avoid civilian casualties in Gaza.
The spokesman declined to respond to questions about whether the United States believes Israel is ready to launch a ground attack on Gaza, but said the ultimate goal of Israelis is “for their people to be able to live in peace.”