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Obama Finally Talks About Gaza

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But only briefly.

Here’s what he said…

“I’m very concerned with the conflict taking place there,” Obama said. “I’m monitoring the situation on a day to day basis.

“The loss of civilian life in Gaza and in Israel is a source of deep concern to me, and after January 20th I’ll have plenty to say about the issue.”

Obama said he was “not backing away at all from what I said during the campaign” and that “starting at the beginning of our administration, we’re going to engage effectively and consistently in trying to resolve the conflict in the Middle East.”

Something tells me he’s setting up a slightly modified stance when it comes to Israel; one where he’ll gently chide our ally for overreaching while strongly condemning Hamas. And that’s a break from our current administration’s stance which was basically to put it all on Hamas’ head.

It reminds me what the folks at J Street said recently…

“Israel has a special place in each of our hearts. But we recognize that neither Israelis nor Palestinians have a monopoly on right or wrong.”

More as it develops…

  • http://www.warning1938alert.ytmnd.com Jimmy the Dhimmi

    He sure did talk; for about 3 sentences and said absolutely nothing. Might as well have stayed quiet and kept on praying that the fighting would be over by the time he takes office so he wouldn’t have to actually form an opinion.

    But we recognize that neither Israelis nor Palestinians have a monopoly on right or wrong.”

    Can we at least agree that Hamas has a monopoly on wrong?

  • http://www.belowthebeltway.com Doug Mataconis

    Can we at least agree that Hamas has a monopoly on wrong?

    Good lord, I hope so.

    Or has the disease of moral equivalence done too much damage ?