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Obama Sleepily Condemns Jerusalem Attack; Offers Moral Equivalency

I get that you’re jet lagged from your Asia trip, sir, but isn’t there enough coffee in the White House canteen to help you generate some passion about the brutal killings in Israel today? Besides, you had yesterday to sleep it off.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, President Obama spoke in a clinical monotone about the murder of four worshipers, including three Americans, at a synagogue in Jerusalem.

Imagine the terror in Israel knowing that anyone can now be struck at any time, even during the most intimate moment communing with God?

But Obama not only failed to muster any emotion, he veered straight into moral equivalency territory, noting Palestinian deaths as well and calling on both Israelis and Palestinians to “try to work together.” And he condemned “extremism” generally, presumably meaning the term to be inclusive of Israel’s settlers.

Sorry, but this is a moment for unadulterated support for an ally under siege.

From Obama’s remarks, spoken before a meeting of his Ebola crisis team:

Obviously, we condemn in the strongest terms these attacks. A number of people were wounded, and four people were killed, including three American citizens, so this is a tragedy for both nations – Israel as well as the United States – and our hearts go out to the families who obviously are undergoing enormous grief right now.

Too many Israelis have died; too many Palestinians have died. And at this difficult time I think it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and to reject violence.

Tragically, this is not the first loss of life that we have seen in recent months. The murders for today’s outrageous acts represent the kind of extremism that threatens to bring all of the Middle East into the kind of spiral from which it’s very difficult to emerge, and we know how this violence can get worse over time.

But we have to remind ourselves that the majority of Palestinians and Israelis overwhelmingly want peace.

Meanwhile, peace-loving Palestinians in Gaza celebrated the attacks.

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56 Responses to Obama Sleepily Condemns Jerusalem Attack; Offers Moral Equivalency

  1. If you want passion from Obama you’re going to have to kill Muslims, not Jews. Harsh words yes, but after six years of watching this ahole turn his back on our only true ally in the Middle East has my blood boiling.

  2. I’m surprised he didn’t call on Netanyahu to exercise restraint!

    CNN is so programmed that it said that the massacre happened at a Jerusalem mosque. It said that in the the ticker tape at the bottom of the screen so it was not just one person “misspeaking”.

  3. Peace? Another word that has a completely different meaning to the Marxist/Progressive/Communist/Democrat than its true meaning. To them, peace is capitulation to the forces of evil.

  4. I also saw the story reported somewhere as four Israelis deaths. They had dual citizenship, but I’m sure the intent was to prevent Americans and Britons from identifying too closely with them, that is, that they weren’t, after all, ours too.

  5. This shames me to be an American. Jan 21, 2017 cannot come soon enough.

    Prayers up for Israel. Blessings upon the children of the Most High G-d.

    • Never be ashamed to be an American.
      That creature that is residing in our White House was and is a fraud.
      I never voted for that bastard and many of the people that did are sorry they did.
      The Spirit of America still exists, however, politicians are intent on throwing up barriers in front of the ones that insist on using the Constitution as a guideline.
      The people in congress that allowed him to be vetted for the president of the United States are still there.
      Some laughed at the ignorance of enough people that were willing to vote for him, twice..
      Now,…the same ones are afraid that they made the wrong decision, and it could destroy the future of the democratic party.

      Their defense will be to denigrate the republicans,……same crap different day.

  6. Just watched him live a few minutes ago. Thanks, Keith, for writing a piece on his drowsy, half-hearted response. We all know his attitude toward Israel but he reinforces it at every opportunity. Too bad he was interrupted and forced to make a statement while conferring with his ebola peeps. He will, however, be wide awake when the Ferguson decision comes in.

      • He will be wide awake and on the phone with the activists, sending them heartfelt words of encouragement. He’ll say the cop acted stupidly and get Holder to file civil rights charges against police and law abiding citizens who are trying to protect themselves and their property. For Obama, the fireworks, rioting and racial violence, can’t start soon enough. His plan for this country’s transformation is not yet complete.

  7. That Muslim-appeasing bastard is so underwhelmed by this that he doesn’t even acknowledge that one of the dead held dual British-Israeli citizenship.

  8. Another day, another murder/beheading/blow-up by Islamic crazies who seem incapable of any kind of human discourse that the rest of humanity have to observe; another day, and another half-assed “condemnation” by the Obama administration. Do us a favor and not bother already. We get it, you don’t care…..moving along.

  9. Here’s what the Jordyptian leaders are saying about it:

    Following this morning’s murder of 4 Jewish worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue, Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas’ advisor Sultan Abu Al-Einein immediately praised the attack as a “heroic operation” on his Facebook page. He posted graphic images showing pools of blood and dead Jews in prayer shawls, as well as a photo of the dead terrorists with a bloody butcher’s knife on the ground next to them. Al-Einein referred to them as “Martyrs.” SNIP

    And:

    Speaking in the name of MPs from Abbas’ Fatah movement, spokesman Jamal Tirawi announced that they “welcomed the Martyrdom-seeking operation (Istish’had) in Jerusalem,” and were “escorting the Martyrs (Shahids) of the Abu Jamal family to Paradise.”

    SNIP

    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=13079

  10. Too much high living last night? I would love for the U.S. media to ask him, why he can’t get out of bed as early as some of our military. The man cares not one smidgen, about Israeli or American deaths in Israel, unless they’re Muslim. Every Muslim fanatic has a close friend in Obama.

  11. How’s this for moral equivalency:

    Obama’s Comments = Stephen A Smith’s Ray Rice comments.

    Swap ‘Palestine’ with ‘Abusive Husband’, Israel with ‘Battered Wife’ and see how great his comments sound.

    Pathetic.

  12. What do you expect from a President, who has Muslim blood. If Muslims were killed, Obama would have shown emotion. He can not hide these facts.

  13. Another Obama lie.

    The majority of Palestinians don’t want peace. The want the destruction of Israel. Without that, they will keep fighting and killing Jews..

  14. Rashid Khalidi was a spokesperson for the PLO when the U.S. State Department declared them a terrorist organization. We can only imagine what Obama’s “blind spots” and “biases” were.

    http://tinyurl.com/o4wpwn

    ALLIES OF PALESTINIANS SEE A FRIEND IN OBAMA
    … A special tribute came from Khalidi’s friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi’s wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.

    His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been “consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases. . . . It’s for that reason that I’m hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid’s dinner table,” but around “this entire world.”

  15. That picture of of Palestinians celebrating is beyond disturbing but not surprising. Didn’t look around but was there any appropriate reaction at all in the Arab world to this?

  16. Baloney Obama, the Palestinians don’t want peace. They could have had it a long time ago. They just want to kill Jews. I know you don’t believe that Obama. Its fashionable today to blame Israel Obama. Truth never matters to you. You are the cause for a lot of deaths in Israel with your stupid remarks, I hope you’re happy with your hateful treatment of Israel who only wants to have a country of their own which is only the size of New Jersey, but their neighbors are bloodthirsty illiterates and have been for thousands of years and the only way to stop the Palestinians and ISIS and Hamas is to carpet bomb them. That day is coming. Israel will never go down without taking them with them.

  17. Old Barack is getting pretty laid back about these attacks and beheadings of Americans.

    AMERICANS Barack. Defend Palestinian terrorists and advocate for illegals in the US, but stand up for an American citizen — apparently not in his job description.

    • Apparently not…he thought his name plate reads, “President of the World”. Calling for calm…sure there is calm…the Palestinians are dancing in the streets having festivities and handing out candies and cup cakes. How sick and demented are these people and their ilk?