After initially advocating for Israel to “dismantle” Hamas, former US President Obama has now chastised Israel for the manner in which it is doing it.
Obama said this in a speech this week:
“As I mentioned in a previous posting, Israel has an obligation to secure the safety of its citizens against such malicious violence, and I completely endorse President Biden’s call for the U.S. to stand by our long-time partner in going after Hamas, tearing down its military capabilities, as well as ensuring the swift and secure return of hundreds of captives back to their families.”
“But as much as we back Israel, we also need to make clear that how Israel handles its war against Hamas is important.”
“However, the whole world is paying close attention to what’s happening in the area, and any Israeli military plan that doesn’t take into account human losses could backfire in the end. There have already been thousands of deaths in Gaza from bombings. Many of the dead were children. A huge number of people have been forced to leave their homes. The Israeli government’s decision-making to cut off water, power, and food to the civilian populace that is being held captive could make an already bad humanitarian situation even worse. It could also make Palestinians even more hostile toward Israel for generations to come, hurt Israel’s rivals, and make it harder to establish peace and stability in the Middle East in the long term.”
A recent report from an expert said that a lockdown of Gaza would be legal under international laws. Isaac Herzog, Israel’s acting president, has also said that Gaza already gets only 7% of the water it needs from Israel.
Obama disregarded Israel’s lengthy history of being among, if not the finest, nations in the world for respecting international humanitarian laws and human rights while waging war on a merciless terrorist adversary.
According to Harvard Law School former professor Alan Dershowitz, “No other nation with comparable external and internal dangers has a better regard for human rights record than Israel.”
Obama was criticized for not being able to stop terrorism when he was president. Foreign Affairs wrote:
“In some situations, George W. Bush was too bold, but in other situations, Obama has gone too far the other way, seeming prone to optimism and optimistic thinking. This has made it harder for his administration to fight the terrorist danger. Even though Obama has done a great job of trying to adjust Washington’s reaction, the American people now live in a world that is more susceptible to terrorism compared to before he took office.”
Obama let ISIS, the so-called “Islamic State,” grow after he quickly left Iraq and made fun of the group by calling it the “JV team” to explain why his administration wasn’t doing more to stop extreme Islamic terrorism, which was a line he hardly ever used.
Politico says that Democrats are becoming concerned about a reaction from Arab-American electors in swing states like Michigan. These voters are angry that the majority of elected Democrats, with a few very notable exceptions, have sided with Israel as opposed to Hamas.