President-elect Barack Obama has not commented on the unfolding events in the Middle East.
His office issued a statement saying Obama is closely monitoring global events, including the situation in Gaza. But he added that there is one President at a time.
It's unclear whether Obama will be as supportive of Israel as President George W. Bush has been.
Obama senior advisor David Axelrod says the President-elect will honor the "important bond" between the United States and Israel.
"Obviously, this situation has become even more complicated in the last couple of days and weeks," Axelrod said. "As Hamas beganits shelling, Israel responded. But it's something that he's committed to."
"He's going to work closely with the Israelis," he continued. "They're a great ally of ours, the most important ally in the region..But he will do so in a way that will promote the cause of peace, and work closely with the Israelis and the Palestinians on that - toward that objective."
Sources: CBN News, The Associated Press