Obama’s words has sparked major controversy.
Former President Obama has expressed concerns about the Israeli military’s approach in its conflict with Palestine. In a comprehensive statement on Medium, he emphasized the importance of considering the safety of civilians in any strategy employed.
According to Fox, Obama stated that Israel has the right to protect its citizens from violence perpetrated by dangerous groups in the Middle East. He also expressed his full support for President Biden’s call for the United States to assist its long-standing ally in addressing the group, dismantling its military capabilities, and facilitating the safe return of hostages to their families.
He stressed the global attention on the unfolding events in the region and the potential repercussions of an Israeli military strategy that does not adequately account for the human toll. Thousands of individuals, including children, have already been affected by the recent events, and many have been displaced from their homes.
Furthermore, Obama voiced concerns about actions by the Israeli government that impact the well-being of a civilian population. He noted that such actions could exacerbate a growing humanitarian crisis, influence Palestinian attitudes for generations, erode international support for Israel, and hinder long-term efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region.
These comments come as Israel has increased its military presence near a particular area, potentially in preparation for further action.
Obama also highlighted that the military operations of the organization in question are deeply intertwined with the region, and its leadership appears to deliberately operate within civilian areas, putting the people they claim to represent at risk.
In conclusion, Obama emphasized the importance of Israel conducting its operations in compliance with international law, particularly those aimed at minimizing harm to civilian populations, as repeatedly emphasized by President Biden.
White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby previously mentioned that the U.S. is engaging in discussions with Israel regarding their intentions, strategies, and goals as they contemplate a potential ground operation in Gaza.