United States President Barrack Obama appears to be maintaining a safe distance with the current conflict raging between Israel and Hamas. The Gaza strip has been burning up, and while Obama has confirmed he has “no sympathy” for the “extraordinarily irresponsible” Hamas government, he merely “urged” for the extension of an Israel-Hamas ceasefire.
Attempting to strongly respond to a question on whether he agreed with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s assessment of Operation Protective Edge, as a “justified” and “proportionate” military response to Hamas’s rocket fire and tunneling into Israel, President Obama said,
“I think it is important to remember that Hamas acts extraordinarily irresponsibly.”
“And as a consequence, I have consistently defended Israel’s right to defend itself, and that includes doing what it needs to do.”
Obama categorically reiterated his concern over civilians killed in the conflict, which has left dead 1,875 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side, reported i24 News. Despite his stance having drawn unusually sharp criticisms from hardliners in Israel, Obama said that the United States was supporting ceasefire talks.
Though he sounded very confident as a world leader should be, Obama merely skirted the issue of direct intervention, reported The Jerusalem Post. Obama said the people of Gaza need greater hope for the future and he “urged” the extension of an Israel-Hamas ceasefire. Speaking at a news conference, the president said,
“The U.S. goal right now would be to make sure that the ceasefire holds, that Gaza can begin the process of rebuilding. Similarly, Israelis need to feel confident that they’re not going to have a repeat of the kind of rocket launchers that we’ve seen over the last several weeks”
When asked what the U.S. government was doing to alleviate the conflict, Obama confirmed that the United States was supporting ceasefire talks quickly added,
“Long-term, there has to be a recognition that Gaza cannot sustain itself permanently closed off from the world. Ordinary Palestinians, living in the impoverished, blockaded Hamas-ruled territory need to have some prospects for an opening of Gaza so that they do not feel walled off.”
Despite displaying overwhelming sympathy, President Barrack Obama was equally non-committal about sending experimental drugs to West Africa, where the Ebola virus is wreaking havoc and could soon become a global epidemic. Currently Liberia has been declared to be in a “state of emergency.”
In the face of these glaring global concerns, will President Barrack Obama take some concrete steps?
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