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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:16 PM

Obama Warns Against ‘Ramping Up’ in Gaza Crisis

Source: Associated Press

By Associated PressNov. 18, 2012

(BANGKOK) — President Barack Obama said Sunday an incursion by Israel‘s forces into the Gaza Strip could only deepen its death toll, cautioning against an escalation even as he defended the Jewish state’s right to defend itself. Obama also warned Palestinians the crisis could crush peace hopes for years.

“Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory,” Obama said at the start of a three-nation tour in Asia.

“If that can be accomplished without a ramping up of military activity in Gaza, that’s preferable,” he said. “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.”

Obama’s comments came as Israel’s campaign against Hamas militants in Gaza blasted into its fifth day. Israel is at a crossroads of whether to launch a ground invasion or pursue Egyptian-led truce efforts. Obama sought to defend the U.S. ally’s rights while pushing for a halt in the violence.


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Purveyor Nov 2012 OP
ann--- Nov 2012 #1
Fozzledick Nov 2012 #3
LineLineNew Reply I
John2 Nov 2012 #6
Daniel537 Nov 2012 #16
lalalu Nov 2012 #2
dipsydoodle Nov 2012 #4
Rosa Luxemburg Nov 2012 #5
Scootaloo Nov 2012 #8
Puregonzo1188 Nov 2012 #9
dipsydoodle Nov 2012 #13
BlueCaliDem Nov 2012 #7
Katashi_itto Nov 2012 #10
truthisfreedom Nov 2012 #11
Le Taz Hot Nov 2012 #14
truthisfreedom Nov 2012 #12
Le Taz Hot Nov 2012 #15

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:20 PM

1. Awww - how cute

that Obama has concerns about Israeli soldiers being harmed if they INVADE Palestine again. He should tell them to STAY OUT and both sides get to the negotiating table.

Can't stand the Dem posture on this issue.

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Response to ann--- (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:27 PM

3. Get Hamas to a negotiating table?

Now you're just being silly.

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Response to ann--- (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:50 PM

6. I

 

certainly agree with you here. The only way they can take care of Hamas is to send in ground forces, instead of killing innocent civilians. Their lives should mean just as much as innocent Israeli lives. President Obama needs to lead on this issue instead of giving Israel a blank check. You either go all in or you don't. What needs to be done is order both sides to cease fire and send people directly in to settle the problem.

The United States needs to reopen negotiatiions and make both sides come to the table, just like President Clinton was doing before his second term ended. Clinton ran out of time before he got this done. Obama needs to pick it back up. He needs to get a two state solution period and not just wish it would happen. As far as I'm concerned, the United States does have all the cards if they would use them. They can pressure Israel, the Palestinians and the Egyptians. Everyone of the participants depend on U.S. assistance in some form.

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Response to ann--- (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:20 AM

16. We should just stay out of it.

We need a much more hands-off foreign policy. Picking sides in these conflicts is what always gets us into entanglements. What we should be doing is ending all foreign military aid worldwide. If these countries want to fight each other, let them do it with their own money. Sick of us propping up all these elitists while the average working class person suffers.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:25 PM

2. They aren't listening.

 

They are like a bunch of rowdy school kids.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:34 PM

4. Just shown on UK TV news

Cluster bombs being trucked to the front by Israel - visible markings on vehcile loads.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:38 PM

5. Who started it?

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Response to Rosa Luxemburg (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:40 PM

8. Great Britain n/t

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:18 PM

9. Best answer ever.

Though I fear your humor will be lost on some here.

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Response to Puregonzo1188 (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:26 AM

13. See : Balfour Declaration.

His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balfour_Declaration

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:34 PM

7. Although it's expected that the U.S. President supports Israel,

and her right to defend herself in a hostile territory, it appears that President Obama does not want Israel to begin a war against Palestine. And that's a good thing.

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Response to BlueCaliDem (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:18 AM

10. no matter what the president does he's in a no win situation, with the Republicans looking for

anything to build a scandal and impeach him on. They are a pack of rabid dogs.

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:42 AM

11. Well that's not gonna work.

Obama's got this.

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:55 AM

14. So, this president should base all decidions

on what the Republicans MIGHT do? That's a pretty damned weak position.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:45 AM

12. The geometry of this situation is very complex.

And, as usual, Obama has put his best people on it. There will be an outcome.

I repeat, there WILL be an outcome. Things just keep moving incrementally excremental. But not to worry.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 05:59 AM

15. So many of our top diplomats

resigned during the * administration, it's times like these when those resignations are deeply felt. Not to mention the loss of one of our greatest: Richard Holbrooke. Where is our S.O.S. on this? This situation has already escalated greatly in just a matter of days and it shows no sign of slowing down unless there is an intervention allowing for a cease fire.

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