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Obama and Ceasefire: A Little History

As the controversy over John Kerry’s bungled efforts to negotiate a ceasefire continues, we should look back on the last time America spoke of such things.

On November 21, 2012, Israel agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that concluded the eight-day Operation “Pillar of Defense,” which Israel began after a day on which Hamas launched 100 rockets at Israel. President Obama made a phone call to Bibi Netanyahu that day. This is part of the White House “readout” of that phone call:

The President made clear that no country can be expected to tolerate rocket attacks against civilians….The President commended the Prime Minister for agreeing to the Egyptian ceasefire proposal – which the President recommended the Prime Minster do – while reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself. The President said that the United States would use the opportunity offered by a ceasefire to intensify efforts to help Israel address its security needs, especially the issue of the smuggling of weapons and explosives into Gaza. [emphasis mine]

Well, that went well, didn’t it? Between the ceasefire in 2012 and the outbreak of hostilities in 2014, Hamas made or smuggled in thousands of new rockets and went even more hog-wild with the tunnels. And how did Hamas go hog-wild with the tunnels? With cement that the United States, among others, insisted Israel allow into Gaza for humanitarian reasons in January 2014. That’s not America’s fault, but it’s worth noting that the president made an explicit promise to “intensify efforts to help Israel address its security needs,” and clearly did not follow up on that promise.

The last sentence of the phone-call readout from 2012 was this: “The President said that he was committed to seeking additional funding for Iron Dome and other U.S.-Israel missile defense programs.” And indeed, in 2014, the United States did authorize $235 million over three years for Iron Dome. The administration deserves commendation for that, but Iron Dome money is a no-brainer—Iron Dome is effectively a real-world testing ground for American missile defenses, and would be cheap at twice the price.


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4 Responses to “Obama and Ceasefire: A Little History”

  1. KENT LYON says:

    “That’s not America’s fault,…”??? Come now, Mr. Podhoretz. America was insisting that a terrorist organization be given building materiel. America was also giving Hamas a billion dollars. Just like the UN, returning rockets to Hamas that it found sequestered in a UN run school…WHO IN GOD’S NAME FAULT IS IT THAT AMERICA WAS PROVISIONING A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION? Putin’s? Bush’s? America, through it’s financial and material support of Hamas, is providing more suport to Terrorist organizations than is Iran. America under Obama is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Obama over the last year or so has arranged that ISIL acquire a vast stock of American military hardware. He apparently tried to get Gadafhi weapons to Al Queda fighters in Syria via Turkey (and we know how avidly Turkey supports Hamas…)
    Why the whitewash of this administration’s support for terrorism. Obama is all but guaranteeing an Iranian nuclear weapon, to be used against Israel. What planet do you live on?
    Given John Kerry’s most recent demand that Israel surrender to Hamas, how can you not conclude that Obama is on Hamas’ side and favors terrorist organizations and states?

  2. DAVID BOUDREAU says:

    Obama – All hat, no cattle. Talks the talk, but just cannot walk the walk. Can’t for the life of him understand why HIS words don’t immediately solve every problem known to man.

  3. GERALD STERN says:

    President Obama’s actions, or rather, in-actions, gives the impression that he has taken his ball off the field and quit the game. After he threw a pass to John Kerry and the pass was blocked, he had no play to come back with.
    Clearly he finds himself overwhelmed, so his solution is to take his family and go on vacation.

  4. JOSEPH R DEFEZ says:

    WE SHOULD REMEMBER AND THANK PRES. RONALD REAGAN FOR STANDING FIRM ON ANTI-MISSLE DEFENSE RESEARCH ABOUT
    30 YEARS AGO. HIS OPPONENTS CALLED IT STAR WARS AND LAUGHED. NO ONE IS LAUGHING NOW.




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