David Axelrod, a senior Obama adviser, reminded CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday that Obama said in July "that when the bombs are raining down on your citizens, there is an urge to respond and act and try and put an end to that. You know, that's what he said then, and I think that's what he believes...He is going to work closely with the Israelis. They're a great ally of ours, the most important ally in the region. And that is a fundamental principle from which he'll work...The president-elect recognizes the special relationship between the United States and Israel...It's an important bond, an important relationship. He's going to honor it. And he wants to be a constructive force in helping to bring about the peace and security that both the Israelis and the Palestinians want and deserve. And obviously, this situation has become even more complicated in the last couple of days and weeks as Hamas began its shelling and Israel responded."