President Barack Obama has thrown his support behind Israel. During his trip to Thailand on Sunday, the US President said he is “fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself.”
During his defense of Israel’s actions, President Obama admitted:
“No country on earth would tolerate missiles raining down … If [peace] can be accomplished without a ramping up of military activity in Gaza, that’s preferable. It’s not just preferable for the people of Gaza. It’s also preferable for Israelis, because if Israeli troops are in Gaza, they’re much more at risk of incurring fatalities or being wounded.”
President Obama admitted that the first step towards peach in the region involves Hamas. According to the POTUS, peace starts with “no missiles being fired into Israel’s territory.”
The killings in Israel and Palestine have included 51 Palestinians, 14 of which are children. In Israel, three civilians have been killed.
Israel, according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is prepared for a “significant expansion” of its offensive.
President Obama in supporting Israel also warned Palestine’s supporters that peace talks would likely fall apart if Hamas continues to escalate its efforts. Obama directed his comments towards Egypt and Turkey, noting:
“Those who champion the cause of Palestinians should recognize that if we see a further escalation of the situation in Gaza than the likelihood of us getting back on any kind of peace track that leads to a two-state solution is going to be pushed off way into the future.”
In echoing President Obama’s statements on its right for protection Netanyahu noted that escalation is required on behalf of Israeli troops because of an “ever escalating number of missiles that were landing not just in Israeli territory, but in areas that are populated. And there’s no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.”