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Analyst: U.S. is Not "Flagging in Our Support" of Israel during Conflict

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As bombs continue to drop and explosions ring out, it appears no cease fire is in site between Israelis and Palestinians entering the sixth day of fighting. Israel continued its military strikes on the Gaza Strip Sunday after rumors that the fighting may subside were proven premature. Gerry Gendlin is a professor of international politics at Edinboro University, who says there's a lot at risk for the United States as an ally of Israel.

"One thing is the Palestinians do get support from Iran,” he says. “If Iran is allowed to develop a nuclear weapon, if Iran does continue its activities of supporting Hamas and another group opposing Israel, Hezbollah, this could lead to broader attacks on Israel."

More than 160 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks so far, but the White House is standing by Israel’s side.

"The United States has indicated on many occasions that Israel has a right to self-defense,” said Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary. “And right now, many citizens of Israel are subjected to a barrage of rockets being launched from Gaza."

Gendlin expects U.S. support to increase should the fighting continue, particularly through other defense measures.

"We may send Israel, certainly more intelligence and perhaps even some weapons, the ability to buy more in the future,” Gendlin added. “We're not flagging in our support for Israel, that's just not going to happen."

So, with a cease fire temporarily off the table and each side heavily invested, what will it take to reach an end to what has become a week-long conflict?

"They have to have something to show for it, even if it's a symbolic victory,” Gendlin said. “I don't think they're going to stop until they can claim some sort of victory.”

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