Wednesday August 1 3:33 PM ET
Powell: Israeli Attack 'Too Aggressive'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Wednesday
that Israel's attack on a Hamas building in the West Bank city of Nablus was
``too aggressive'' and helped to escalate Middle East violence.
In an interview with CNN television, Powell also denied any difference
between the State Department and the White House on how to deal with
The State Department deplored on Tuesday the Israeli attack on the building,
which killed eight Palestinians including two children and a high-level
official of the
The Washington Post detected a different response at the White House, saying
it merely urged both sides to abide by the cease-fire mediated by the United
Powell said: ``We felt that this was a targeted killing of the kind that we
have spoken out and condemned in the past, and we did so yesterday both at
House and in the State Department. We had a consistent view of it, that this
kind of response is too aggressive and it just serves to increase the level
of tension and
violence in the region.''
``I think that the Israelis and the Palestinian side at this time should try
to do everything possible to bring the passion down, the incitement down,
and to bring the
violence levels down,'' the secretary added.
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said: ``The administration ... at all
levels, deplores the violence there and that includes the targeted
``A cease-fire is a cease-fire and whether it is Israel or the Palestinians
who engage in the violence, the United States condemns that violence and
urges all parties to
cease,'' he added.
Asked what the United States planned to do about it beyond talking, he said:
``It still fundamentally depends on the two parties to engage in peace. The
States cannot force peace. The United States will be a party to help
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