Hmm, are the tunnels all destroyed? How ’bout those missiles? Why isn’t Obama demanding an immediate cease-fire in Syria, where 170,000 have died?
Read the whole thing and you’ll hear Obama talking out of both sides of his mouth:
An immediate and unconditional ceasefire ending Israel’s assault on Hamas is a “clear strategic imperative” to Israel, US President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in a phone call on Sunday.
While the conversation focused on the immediate concerns of the United States, the president also discussed the broader implications of the Gaza operation, Protective Edge, now over two weeks old and burdened with a mounting death toll, both within the Israel Defense Forces and the civilian population of Gaza.
Obama told Netanyahu he wants a ceasefire “that both allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives and addresses Gaza’s long-term development and economic needs, while strengthening the Palestinian Authority,” the White House said, in a readout of the call to reporters.
For a permanent ceasefire to be agreed upon, Hamas is requiring an end to Israel’s blockade of Gaza, formed to prevent Hamas from obtaining weapons to attack the Jewish state. Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni has told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel categorically rejects this condition, and indeed, Netanyahu’s cabinet has unanimously voted against the measure as part of an end to the current crisis.
Obama reiterated his belief that Israel has a right to defend itself, and condemned Hamas’ construction of tunnels and continuation of rocket fire into civilian areas.
“Ultimately, any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza,” Obama expressed.
In a recent poll, over 85 percent of Israelis support the Israeli government continuing the military operation until Hamas’ tunnels into Israel are completely destroyed.
Here’s the thing: Every time terrorists start to slaughter people, the world gives in to their demands, just a bit. Now Israel has Hamas on the ropes. Hamas is making demands. The proper answer is NO, NO, NO. None of us can afford to allow this pattern to continue. We cannot give in to bullies. Let the world see the bullies put down, and the bullies will then need to find another avenue of expression. Keep going, Israel, until it is safe for you to stop, and until you are confident that you can live safely for a long, long time. No more short-lived hudnas.