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Pres. Addresses Variety Of Topics In Speech



(AP) President Barack Obama is calling for the unconditional and immediate release of an Israeli soldier who was apparently captured in a clash with Hamas militants.

Obama says it will be difficult to put back together the cease-fire between Hamas and Israel that collapsed Friday. But he says the U.S. will continue working toward a cease-fire. He says Israel committed to the cease-fire, but the cease-fire was violated.

Obama says it's heartbreaking to see what's happening in Gaza. He says he wants to see everything possible done to ensure Palestinian civilians aren't killed.

Obama says Israel must be able to defend itself, but that irresponsible actions by Hamas have put civilians in danger.

The truce was brokered by the U.S. and U.N. but collapsed less than two hours after it began.

 

When it comes to Russia's action in Ukraine, Obama says the U.S. is limited in what it can do to deter Russia because Russia and President Vladimir Putin are ignoring their long-term interests.

Obama says the U.S. has done everything possible to support Ukraine's government and to deter Russia. But he says short of going to war, there are going to be constraints about what the U.S. can do.

Obama says the U.S. is imposing sufficient costs, and Russia should want to take the needed steps to get economic sanctions lifted.

But Obama says, quote, "people don't always act rationally." He says sometimes people don't act based on their own interests.

Obama says the U.S. must keep working to de-escalate the conflict.

 

On the immigration crisis, President Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere.

Republicans are pushing legislation that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought here illegally as kids and address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Obama says Republicans know that legislation won't succeed in the Senate. He says Republicans aren't even trying to solve the problem. He says they're just trying check a box before leaving town for the annual August recess.

Obama says he will have to act alone to address the crisis because the government is running out of money to deal with it.


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