WASHINGTON, July 18 U.S. President Barack Obama
on Friday said he spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu about the conflict in Gaza, underscoring the U.S.
support for Israel to defend itself.
Obama, speaking to reporters at the White House, also said
the United States and its allies are concerned about the risk of
escalation in the conflict and that he is hopeful that Israel
will continue to act in a way that minimizes civilian
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is also prepared to visit
the region, Obama said he told Netanyahu.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Bill Trott)