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US President Obama Has ‘Sympathy for Gazans’

US President Barack Obama says Gaza 'cannot sustain itself permanently closed off from the world.'

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U.S. President Barack Obama

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Hamas plans to return to war on Friday, while US President Barack Obama says it’s time to “open Gaza.”

During cease fire talks in Cairo, Hamas terrorists told mediators in Cairo they will resume their battle against Israel on Friday promptly at 8 am local time.

U.S. President Barack Obama explained to reporters at a briefing Wednesday in Washington, meanwhile, that although he had “no sympathy for Hamas,” he had “great sympathy for ordinary people struggling within Gaza.”

“Long term, there has to be a recognition that Gaza cannot sustain itself permanently closed off from the world,” Obama said.

In that, the American president appears to be joining Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in calling for Israel to lift its counter terror blockade on the region. The blockade was implemented in an effort to prevent Gaza terrorists from importing the very items with which they waged war against Israel this time. Despite Iran’s vows to send Gaza “all the weapons it needs to annihilate Israel,” Erdogan has consistently scored Israel for not lifting the blockade.

Nevertheless, overland crossings between Israel and Gaza have in fact been open daily for years, until recently — and even throughout the war, the Erez Crossing was operating for passage of humanitarian supplies, international aid workers, medical patients and journalists.

While advocating for “an opening of Gaza so that they do not feel walled off,” the president offered no answers for the millions of Israelis who will be forced to race for bomb shelters at the whims of Gaza terrorist rocket launchers.

“The U.S. goal right now would be to make sure that the cease fire holds, that Gaza can begin the process of rebuilding,” he said – appearing to patently ignore the flat refusal by Hamas to extend the cease fire past Friday.

Israelis, he added, need to “feel confident that they’re not going to have a repeat of the kind of rocket launchers that we’ve seen over the last several weeks.”

But this Tuesday a 10-minute barrage that went on up to the last second before the start of the current cease fire, a 26-missile attack was fired at more than two dozen towns and cities in southern and central Israel. Neighborhoods were hit in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, Ashdod, Ashkelon, the Gaza Belt, Kiryat Gat, Be’er Sheva and Gush Dan, among others. Even an Arab village near Bethlehem was hit. So how are Israelis supposed to “feel confident” with that display from Gaza? Obama didn’t say.

Hana Levi Julian

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. Then why did you vote him in not only once, but twice!

  2. Obama is a total idiot and a Muslim terrorist like his brother

  3. Gene Strong says:

    Obama is a muslim and an enemy of America and Israel.

  4. Gene Strong says:

    Obama is a muslim and an enemy of America and Israel.

  5. As I have written before I am very disappointed in Obama.

  6. As I have written before I am very disappointed in Obama.

  7. insanity?? bizzaro world… how can anyone say this?

  8. Obama and his idiotic failed foreign policies, this, Syria, ISIS, Iraq, Iran ing weak ass presidency.

  9. Obama and his idiotic failed foreign policies, this, Syria, ISIS, Iraq, Iran ing weak ass presidency.

  10. Ishaya Nuhu says:

    These coward hamas should sheath their sword.Their timidity and cowardice has cause pains untold to innocent inhabitants of gaza.

  11. Let’s “open” Gaza, and have his family settle in Israel after his presidency.

  12. Nomi Paley says:


  13. Became their head of state!

  14. Words & words & words, Just words !!!

  15. He only sees what he wants to see. I sympathize with those who are being used as human shields. Yet it appears Hamas has learned nothing except how to manipulate world opinion in their favor by using innocents as shields. What needs to happen is Hamas needs to be taught a lesson, if they can learn.

  16. Obama you are a Muslim and you know opening Gaza will bring suicide bombers, replenish weapons sand bring many problems to Israel!!! They are surrounded by Muslim countries! They shoul absorb the people of Gaza. Why persecute the Israelies on their tiny strip of land??? Because you hate Jews???

  17. Eva Perl says:

    So let´s begin to bomb seriously, Israel, if Hamas going to war once again

  18. Can anyone say…..duh….

  19. “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” – Winston Churchill

  20. Mmrs Jacobs says:

    His Muslim brothers! He wants to do more for his terrorists brothers

  21. Mmrs Jacobs says:

    His Muslim brothers! He wants to do more for his terrorists brothers

  22. That is not what he said, he said he has NO sympathy for Hamas!!!

  23. How may I ask did Israel choose this??? What are you trying to say???

  24. I love Israel and the people of Israel with all my heart and God’s protection be with her, but innocent people and children are dying! God help us! President Obama has a heart for children all over the world. God protect the innocence of our children!

  25. The first thing I think when I see someone say, ‘Obama is a Muslim’ is they are fools. The second thing is that they are republican racists, who still haven’t gotten over civil rights and have to treat Blacks like humans resenting that terribly. That estimation is far more true than theirs.

  26. Sir I am certainly not racist!!! My daughter is biracial!!! I only say this because of remarks he has made and his policies!!!

  27. Mr. Obama has a very common problem that plagues Americans. He is not a Muslim and only idiots say that. He is however a Christian and 100% American. That means that he knows or cares extremely little about Jews and Israel other than lip service when it might enhance their own agendas. He hosts a seder, lights a hannukia (next to a damned xmas tree), repeats some Sunday school crap–all nice political gainsmaking. But in the final analysis, like most Christian lip service offerers on this and other Jewish/ Israeli pages there are no roots and no reality within them. Next Obama is a typical bleeding heart, not necessarily a bad thing, who sees suffering Arabs and reacts. He does this without true context, a common Christian, not Muslim, trait. And so howevermuch a fair weather friend he (and they) may be, we are on our own always on the cusp of betrayal or an apathetic world. “Forgive them Father” (to borrow Xian literature) “for they know not what they do” hardly ever.

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