I criticize the president frequently here. So let me now praise him for remarks he made today regarding Israel’s attacks on Hamas’ positions in Gaza. Via the New York Times:
Speaking on Sunday from Bangkok, President Obama condemned missile attacks by Palestinian fighters in Gaza and defended Israel’s right to protect itself.
“There’s no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders,” Mr. Obama said in his first public comments since the violence broke out. “We are fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself.”
Had the president spoken like this four years ago, rather than encourage the Palestinians to think they can have the whole enchilada by (a) condemning Israeli “settlements,” and (b) suggesting that the starting point for final-status negotiations be the 1949 armistice lines, we might actually be closer to something workable.
Let’s hope the president keeps up the clear thinking. He may yet deserve that Nobel Peace Prize.