The State Department on Thursday refused to list examples of how Israel has used "excessive" force against Palestinians, just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected State's argument that Israel's actions have crossed the line.

On Wednesday, State spokesman John Kirby said the Obama administration has seen "reports of what many would consider excessive use of force."

That led Netanyahu to argue that "fair-minded observers" should see that "force is justified" in the face of knife and ax attacks by Palestinians against Israelis.

Kirby didn't name any examples of how Israel might be using force against Palestinians excessively Wednesday when he made the claim, and refused against on Thursday when he was asked.

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