day after Israel Defense Forces killed as many as 60 Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip, America's envoy to the United Nations praised Israel for showing restraint.>> No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.>> Washington placed full blame for the violence on the Hamas militant organization, the Islamist group that governs the Gaza Strip.
Hamas had urged Palestinians to try and cross the fence separating Israel and the Gaza Strip, to protest the opening of a new US embassy in Jerusalem. Israeli forces tried to repel the protesters with tear gas and sniper fire. The clashes marked the bloodiest day for Palestinians since 2014.
>> But let's remember that the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy.>> Ambassador Nikki Haley's position, refusing to condemn Israel's response, puts the US starkly out of step with other nations, who urged Israel to do more to prevent the loss of life.
> France's foreign minister condemned the quote unjustified, disproportionate actions of the Israeli Army. And Britain's Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her concerns.>> And while we do not question the right of Israel to defend its borders, the use of live fire and the resulting loss of life is deeply troubling.
>> The US State Department chose different words.>> So many US allies are also just, at the very least saying the words, Israel should use some restraint. Why does the US seem to not want to just even make that simple statement?>> Michelle, I said we regret the loss of life.
That is very clear. The administration has said that consistently. We've said that, hold on. We've said that on numerous occasions. We have seen how Hamas continues to incite violence.>> Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likes to say his nation has never enjoyed closer ties to the US than under President Donald Trump.
>> Under your leadership, it's never been stronger, thank you.>> Thank you very much.>> Praise the president seems to relish. That shift in relations between Washington and Jerusalem could put further strain on America's ties with its allies in Europe, who have often looked to the US for help resolving eruptions of violence in the region.