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selver wrote

During a White House press briefing on Monday, a reporter asked deputy press secretary Raj Shah whether the United States was calling on Israel to “use restraint in dealing with these protests.”

Shah responded that Hamas, the terrorist group that controls Gaza and organized the protests, is to blame. “We believe that Hamas is responsible for these tragic deaths, that their rather cynical exploitation of the situation is what’s leading to these deaths, and we want them to stop,” Shah said.

The reporter asked again, “So there’s no burden on Israel to do something to sort of rein it in?”

Shah: “No. We think that we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that Hamas is the one that, frankly, bear [sic] responsibility for the dire situation right now in Gaza.”