President Obama is blaming Hamas for violating its ceasefire with Israel that expired about 90 minutes after it took effect.  In comments at the White House, Obama said it's hard for Israelis to feel confident in any ceasefire arrangements with Hamas if Israeli soldiers are attacked and captured soon after a ceasefire takes effect. 


Obama said Israel has the right to defend itself, but it should take steps to minimize civilian casualties. He went on to defend Secretary of State John Kerry and said the U.S. has made great efforts to establish peace between Israelis and Palestinians.