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OBAMA WARNS ISRAEL IN HAARETZ OP-ED: ‘RESTRAINT, NOT VENGEANCE’
President Barack Obama has weighed in on the conflict escalating in Israel as the Israeli government begins a full-scale military effort against Hamas after the kidnapping of three Israeli teen boys, one a U.S. citizen. Writing for Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, Obama uses the opportunity to promote a two-state solution.
“At this dangerous moment, all parties must protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not vengeance and retribution,” writes the President in his column. The article laments that the three Israeli teen boys were “tragically kidnapped and murdered,” but it calls for Israel to use the Palestinian violence upon their children as a catalyst to discuss a two-state solution, rather than responding to the threat with adequate self-defense.
President Obama is unequivocal in declaring that “the only solution is a democratic, Jewish state living side-by-side in peace and security with a viable, independent Palestinian state.” He does not clarify why, exactly, he chooses a time in which the killing of Israeli children by members of Hamas, a terrorist organization incorporated into the Palestinian government, is paramount in the minds of Israeli people, but he does describe the killing of those teens as a mutual failure of both parties’ efforts, not just the Palestinian side. “So while we were disappointed that the tough decisions weren’t made by both parties to keep moving the peace process forward, the United States will never give up on the hope of a lasting peace, which is the only path to true security for Israel,” he writes.