I thought we were on Israel’s side? The State Department attacked Israel yesterday about the same thing.

Via The Hill:

President Obama spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday and said he was “deeply concerned” about the risk of further escalation, given Israel’s operation in Gaza.

Obama offered support for Israel’s right to defend itself but said he told Netanyahu he hoped Israel would work to minimize civilian casualties as it pushed a ground offensive. The president said the there was an “understanding” that the ground operation was limited to close smuggling tunnels used to ferry supplies and weapons into Gaza.

“We are hopeful that Israel will continue to approach this process in a way that minimizes civilian casualties,” Obama said at a press conference on the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine.