Former President Barack Obama has criticized Hamas terror strikes in Israel, which have claimed over 900 Israeli lives and injured thousands more. On Monday, 72 hours after the attacks, the former first gentleman issued a statement.
After expressing great concern and condemnation for the terrorist strikes on Israel and the awful loss of innocent life, the 44th president galvanized Americans to express outrage at the tragic tragedy.
“We grieve for those who died, pray for the safe return of those who’ve been held hostage, and stand squarely alongside our ally, Israel, as it dismantles Hamas.”
“As we support Israel’s right to defend itself against terror, we must keep striving for a just and lasting peace for Israelis and Palestinians alike,” Obama wrote on his X page.
Following the assumption that the Obama Administration’s relationship with the United States’ closest friend, Israel, was tense, there has been interest in Obama’s comments on the attacks. According to the Daily Mail, President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a bad personal relationship that was aggravated by disagreements over the Iran nuclear deal, which was a significant policy objective for the Obama administration.
In 2015, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the Republican-controlled House, denouncing the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement.
Former President Barack Obama is not the only one who has issued a statement condemning the attacks. Several days after the attacks began, former President Bill Clinton sent a message.
“I condemn the horrific terrorist assault carried out by Hamas in Israel, and mourn the senseless loss of life. My heart is with all those affected by the violence, including American families. Now is a time for the world to rally against terrorism and to support Israeli democracy.”
“I stand with the government of Israel and all Israelis and urge them to stand together. This is a moment to focus on purpose over politics,” former president Clinton wrote.
Former President Clinton had a deeper relationship with Israel and its leaders than Obama, having mediated the failed Oslo Accords in the mid-1990s between the Palestinian leadership and the Israeli government.
Following a previous White House statement, President Joe Biden gave a formal statement about the terror acts on Monday.