Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace'

Vice President Pence on Monday slammed a rocket attack launched earlier in the day into Israel from the Gaza Strip.

“Today's rocket attack by Hamas proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace,” Pence said at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.


“Hamas is a terrorist organization that seeks the destruction of Israel, and the United States will never negotiate with terrorist Hamas.”

The rocket launched early in the morning destroyed a house and injured seven people near Tel Aviv.

The Israel Defense Forces have claimed Hamas is behind the attack.

Hamas has yet to make a statement on the rocket launch.

Monday's strike is the second launched from Gaza to Israel in under two weeks.

Israeli forces struck back, but tensions were temporarily cooled when Hamas leaders said the first rocket was fired accidentally, according to The Associated Press.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut his visit to the U.S. short Monday to return home and deal with the strike.

"Israel will not tolerate this, I will not tolerate this," Netanyahu said at the White House Monday while speaking alongside President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE before heading back to Israel.

"Israel is responding forcefully to this wanton aggression. I have a simple message to Israel's enemies: We will do whatever we must do to defend our people and defend our state."

The attack came the same day that President Trump fulfilled a longstanding Israeli wish by recognizing its control over the Golan Heights, disputed territory it claimed after the Six-Day War in 1967.