US President Barack Obama said Israel has a right to defend itself from missiles being aimed at the country by militants in the Gaza Strip.
Speaking at a news conference during a visit to Bangkok, Obama said "no country on earth would tolerate missiles raining down" on its people, adding that any effort to resolve the conflict in Gaza "starts with no missiles being fired into Israel's territory".
The President's comments come as Israeli strikes hit two media centres in the Gaza Strip as violence in the region continues to escalate.
Today's bombing in Tel Aviv is reminiscent of six years ago and could mark a serious escalation in the conflict.
A truce in Gaza suits all sides but none of the groups seem interested in a long-lasting solution.
A complex system of air defences has been instrumental in protecting Israel's population from incoming rockets.