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.