"Commenting on another Middle East conflict — the war in Gaza between Hamas and Israel — Clinton strongly defended Israel.
"'I think Israel did what it had to do to respond to the rockets,' Clinton said. 'Israel has a right to defend itself. The steps Hamas has taken to embed rockets and command-and-control facilities and tunnel entrances in civilian areas, this makes a response by Israel difficult.'
"She called the deaths of civilians, including Palestinian children, 'dreadful,' but said, 'Ultimately the responsibility rests with Hamas.'
"'It’s impossible to know what happens in the fog of war,' Clinton said. 'Some reports say, maybe it wasn’t the exact U.N. school that was bombed, but it was the annex to the school next door where they were firing the rockets. And I do think oftentimes that the anguish you are privy to because of the coverage, and the women and the children and all the rest of that, makes it very difficult to sort through to get to the truth.
"'There’s no doubt in my mind that Hamas initiated this conflict,' she added. 'So the ultimate responsibility has to rest on Hamas and the decisions it made.'"