But, Clinton noted, "There were rockets yesterday, there were rockets this morning. It is difficult to ask any nation to do anything other than defend itself in the wake of that kind of consistent attack."
Although she will send special Mideast envoy George Mitchell back to the region, she emphasized that "our conditions with respect to Hamas have not and will not change."
Following the policy set out by the Bush administration and international community, Clinton said the United States will not talk to Hamas until it renounces violence, recognizes Israel and abides by previous agreements signed by Israel and the Palestinians.
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