The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) responded strongly on Saturday evening to former President Barack Obama’s attempt to draw a moral equivalence between Hamas terrorism and Israeli “occupation.” The RJC stated Obama was “complicit” in terror and conflict.
As Breitbart reported, Obama told the Pod Save America podcast – run by his former aides – that the United States was “complicit” in the suffering in Israel and Gaza. Obama claimed that acting supportively requires admitting the situation is complicated. He said that what Hamas did was frightening and unjustified, but also that the “occupation” and treatment of Palestinians is intolerable. Obama said to resolve the issue you must admit everyone is somewhat complicit.
In response, the RJC stated this is not complicated. Hamas attacks civilians, takes hostages, uses human shields, diverts aid, and builds terror tunnels rather than shelters or institutions. Hamas is solely responsible for the ongoing war. The United States should fully back Israel to end Hamas’s ability to harm Israelis and Gazans.
Instead, when Israel faces an assault from Hamas, Obama condemns Israel. Obama is complicit in the death and hardship this past month in Israel and Gaza, the RJC stated. Obama’s policies provided billions to Iran, which funded Hamas. Obama attempting to reduce his own culpability does not change the facts.
Last weekend, all Republican presidential contenders spoke at the RJC annual leadership conference in Las Vegas. They emphasized the importance of the US-Israel relationship and condemned Hamas terrorism. They also criticized Obama’s policies, stating his approach had endangered Israel and emboldened its enemies.
Several speakers highlighted the difference between Obama’s stance and that of the GOP. For example, Senator Ted Cruz noted that Obama was morally confused, unable to distinguish our friends from our foes. In contrast, Cruz said the Republicans celebrate and support our allies like Israel while condemning our enemies.
The conference heard that Obama’s legacy in the Middle East has been one of chaos and conflict. His withdrawal from Iraq led to the rise of ISIS. His nuclear deal with Iran fueled instability and terror. Speakers said Obama’s misguided policies had weakened Israel’s security and caused mounting threats to the region.
Therefore, Obama trying to justify his own failed foreign policy by drawing a moral equivalence between Israel and Hamas is unacceptable, the RJC said. There is no doubt Hamas is the aggressor and Israel is acting in self-defense. The RJC said Obama should focus on his own complicity in enabling Israel’s enemies rather than unfairly criticizing America’s ally for defending itself.