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Obama Remains Silent About the Hamas/Israel Conflict Part 2

January 5, 2009

 Barack Obama continues to remain silent on the Hamas/Israel war. His cabinet is hiding behind the catch phrase that there can only be one president at a time. Yet on every other issue he doesn’t seem to be concerned about there being one president at a time.

 From his position on the economic stimulus plan to the bailout to the fearmongering tactics of claiming that unemployment will hit 10% if he doesn’t get his plan passed immediately he hasn’t been concerned that he isn’t yet the president.

 But on an international incident with wide ranging implecations like the Hamas/Israel conflict he remains quiet.

The president-elect is closely monitoring global events, including the situation in Gaza,” his national security spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said in a statement after the ground assault got underway.

But she offered no further comment on the violence in Gaza and used a phrase repeated often by Obama and his aides: “There is one president at a time and we intend to respect that.”

 The question remains, why is Barack Obama silent on an issue as important as this one? Does he not grasp or fully understand the enormity of it? Does he feel the issue is a political loser and is afraid to state a position? What is the reason?

 He has already angered Hamas, which feels that Obama must be favoring Israel, with his non-statement.

The start is not good,” said Khaled Meshaal, leader of the Hamas Islamist movement that has ruled Gaza since June 2007.

 “You commented on Mumbai but you say nothing about the crime of the enemy (Israel). This policy of double standards should stop

 Yet Israel probably decided it was time to defend themselves now, before Obama took office for their fear that Obama may abandon them. His projected policy makes that a possibility.

his election fueled hopes for change in US foreign policy in the region, seen as tilted toward Israel and US-backed Arab regimes in countries such as Egypt and Jordan

 So it appears as though president-elect Obama has been caught between a rock and a hard place on this issue and as he flails around helplessly trying to figure out how he can appease both side the conflict rages on.

 All that he has managed to do with his silence is anger Hamas and disenfranchise Israel.
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One Comment leave one →
  1. Deb permalink
    January 6, 2009 6:21 pm

    How very isolationist of Obama. He is making it sound as if now he only cares about America and isn’t being very “global” which I thought was his claim to fame. Methinks my next $500 check from the gubment is just a distraction. Sort of like bombing an empty aspirin factory???


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