US urges talks over mid-east
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Washington - The US called on Israel and the Palestinians to pursue talks and said there was no "military solution" to the conflict after a flare-up in violence.
"The Israelis have a right to self-defence. At the same, as we've said many times, we don't ultimately think there is a military solution to this," State Department spokesperson Philip Crowley told reporters.
"Our message remains to the Israelis and Palestinians that we need to get the proximity talks going, focus on the substance, move to direct negotiations and ultimately arrive at a settlement that ends the conflict once and for all."
Israel has launched a string of air strikes in the Gaza Strip and threatened widescale military action after rocket attacks from the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave.
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