Obama Calls Israeli Raid on Flotilla “Tragic”


flotilla-attackPresident Barack Obama said yesterday that the deadly Israeli raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip was “tragic,” but he stopped short of condemning the actions of Israeli forces.

While Obama said the deaths of nine people were unnecessary, he said the U.S. wants to wait for “an investigation of international standards” to determine the facts. Israel, he said, should agree to such an investigation.

“They recognize that this can’t be good for Israel’s long-term security,” Obama said in an interview with CNN’s Larry King airing Thursday night.

Monday’s predawn raid of a flotilla attempting to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza has drawn international criticism and calls for Israel to end the blockade. Israel says the blockade is meant to keep weapons out of the hands of Hamas fighters, not keep aid from the reaching the Palestinian people, a view the U.S. generally supports.

Obama said the most recent incident presents an opportunity for all parties involved to break out of the current impasse and move toward a two-state solution in which Palestinians and Israelis can live peacefully side by side.

“We have been trying to do this piecemeal for decades now,” Obama said. “It just doesn’t work.”

{Yahoo News/Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Who cares what he says??????
    What difference does it make?
    Go Israel….do what you gotta do….Save YOURSELF AND DON’T RELY ON OUTSIDE HELP OR APPROVAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. “We have been trying to do this piecemeal for decades now,” Obama said. “It just doesn’t work.”

    The only true statement he has made since he took office, is he finally starting to realize that this will not end until “bias goel”?

  3. Why does Israel put strategically important land back in the hands of their enemies? The lands of Gaza and the Golan BELONG to the NATION of Israel. (As far as Hashem is concerned, from the Nile to the Euphrates IS Israel.)
    Europe is too far gone already to save. Europe is saturated with generations of these terrorists and they have done nothing to even identify the enemy or even to neutralize the threat to their citizens.
    If Israel is the only thing keeping the free world from angry Islamic terrorists, America should be pouring money, hardware and personnel into Israel. America should not be taking away Israels’ nukes..but smoke ’em if you got ’em, Israel! Use ’em before you lose ’em! And next time, don’t give back an inch of land!! Keep driving the enemy back, till your borders are where they SHOULD be!!
    Magnanimous Israel, you are beauty in motion.

  4. Israel must stand strong and unites.
    The Arabs will never desire peace, it is against their religion, which is a faith of hate and violence.
    In truth this is also part of the Divine plan, “peace” would lead to an even further degradation of the spiritual level of Am Yisroel in Eretz Yisroel.
    The only Peace will be Moshiach.

  5. I agree with all of you, esspecially with Lieberwitz. Isreal, had warned the ships. Anyone that is trying to break up a legal blockade is putting himself in danger, and the conquenses are his only. They should all be sunk. Though isreal should toughen up. Not wait 2o minutes before opening fire.

  6. The more this am ha’aretz speaks, the more he shows he knows nothing about the Middle East, not to mention his lack of qualifications for his job.