Americans sour on Obama's stance on Israel-Hamas war

 November 12, 2023

President Barack Obama continues to take heat regarding his stance on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. 

Shortly after the Hamas-led attack on Israel that resulted in the deaths of thousands, Obama seemed to favor Israel and its right to defend itself in the wake of the attack.

But his language quickly shifted over the coming weeks, especially as political pressure from the radical elements of his party waged a pressure campaign to turn virtually all support to Palestinians.

Obama eventually made an asinine remark, saying "all of us are complicit to some degree" for the attack on Israel, sparking major backlash.

Mixed messaging

During a Pod Save America interview with former members of his administration, Obama offered his thoughts on the current situation in Israel.

"What Hamas did was horrific, and there is no justification for it," Obama began.

He added, "And what is also true is that the occupation, and what’s happening to Palestinians, is unbearable, and what is also true is that there is a history of the Jewish people that may be dismissed unless your grandparents, or your great-great-grandparents, or your uncle or your aunt tell you stories about the madness of antisemitism, and what is true is that there are people right now that are dying who have nothing to do with what Hamas did."

Then Obama suggested that we're all, somehow, guilty for the deaths of over a thousands Israelis.

"If you want to solve the problem, then you have to take in the whole truth," Obama said. "And you then have to admit nobody’s hands are clean, that all of us are complicit to some degree."

The "occupation"

Social media users, and political experts such as Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, expressed outrage at another comment made by the former president at a speech earlier this month at the Obama Foundation's Democracy Forum.

"All of this is taking place against the backdrop of decades of failure to achieve a durable peace for both Israelis and Palestinians," Obama said.

He added, "One that is based on genuine security for Israel, a recognition of its right to exist, and a peace that is based on an end of the occupation and the creation of a viable state and self-determination for the Palestinian people."

Dershowitz said during a Fox Business interview, "He's never been supportive of Israel. And finally, his true feelings have come out now that he's no longer president and doesn't have to be elected."

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