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Obama advocates careful approach in Israeli-Palestinian crisis

Washington DC, United States: Barack Obama, the former US president, wrote in an essay on Medium that he wants Israel to be careful in how it deals with the difficult situation in Israel. He advised Israel to consider the needs of the Palestinian people in Gaza and to reject hatred towards both Jews (antisemitism) and Muslims (Islamophobia). He understands that Israelis want to eliminate Hamas, a group they consider terrorists, but he encourages a cautious approach.

Mr Obama’s essay read, “Still, the world is watching closely as events in the region unfold, and any Israeli military strategy that ignores the human costs could ultimately backfire.”

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He further addressed the Israeli move to cut off water, food and electricity in the Gaza Strip, where more than half of the population is young. He outlined that this move by Israel has increased the suffering of the Palestinian population and is not related to the brutal attack by Hamas on Israel on October 7.

The former President further warned that this decision might have serious and dangerous political implications.

In the letter, Mr Obama stated, “It could further harden Palestinian attitudes for generations, erode global support for Israel, play into the hands of Israel’s enemies, and undermine long-term efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region.”

He further stated, “It’s therefore important that those of us supporting Israel in its time of need encourage a strategy that can incapacitate Hamas while minimizing further civilian casualties.”

Efforts by the United States

Humanitarian help is slowly going into the densely populated area after President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talked in Tel Aviv last week. But the assistance is not enough for the 2.2 million people living there.

Bombardment in Israel amid conflict | Credits: Google

Israel hadn’t launched a ground attack to remove Hamas as promised to Biden when he visited the war zone last week and asked Netanyahu to follow the “rules of war.”

According to a published report, the United States has been asking Israel to wait before starting an invasion. They want to make sure more hostages, including Americans, are freed and more humanitarian aid to reach the area.

President Joe Biden’s Conversation with Pope Francis

On Sunday, President Biden interaction with Pope Francis. The objective of the conversation is the crisis between Israel and Hamas.

US President Joe Biden with Pope Francis | Credits: AP

When Biden was asked about an event at the White House, where the President was touting his economic read, he responded, “The pope and I are on the same page here,” according to US News.

He furthermore added, “He laid out to him what the game plan was, how we thought we should be providing the kind of assistance to Israel that [it needs]. The pope was across the board supportive.”

Mr Obama on Israel’s right

Mr Obama emphasized that Israel has the right to be its own country. He also mentioned that it’s important not to mix up the Palestinian people with Hamas, the group running Gaza. He didn’t want the suffering of the Israeli people to be overlooked by focusing only on the problems of the Palestinians.

In this regard, he wrote, “All of us need to do our best to put our best values, rather than our worst fears, on display. It means rejecting efforts to minimize the terrible tragedy that the Israeli people have just endured, as well as the morally bankrupt suggestion that any cause can somehow justify the deliberate slaughter of innocent people,” as per US News.

“It means guarding against dehumanizing language towards the people of Gaza or downplaying Palestinian suffering – whether in Gaza or the West Bank – as irrelevant or illegitimate,” he added.

“If we care about keeping open the possibility of peace, security and dignity for future generations of Israeli and Palestinian children – as well as for our own children – then it falls upon all of us to at least make an effort to model, in our own words and actions, the kind of world we want them to inherit,” Obama said, through the essay.

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