The U.S. State Department has denied yesterday that the White House is considering sanctions against Israel in retaliation for the alleged Israeli Air Force strikes outside Damascus, Syria, or as reprisal for Israeli settlement activity.
State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said at her rugular Monday press briefing that she had seen the reports on Obama’s desire to punish Israel, but had nothing to report nor comment on the airstrikes.
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She also said, “reports that we might be contemplating sanctions against Israel are completely unfounded and without merit.”
She called Israel “an important partner, ” and added that while the administration has criticized Israel on occasion, sanctions are “simply not something being considered.”