Obama calls for immediate release of captured Israeli soldier in Gaza

Commentary — August 2, 2014

President Obama addresses a press conference on August 1, over the abduction of Israeli 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin by Hamas

President Obama addresses a press conference on August 1, over the abduction of Israeli 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin by Hamas. Click to enlarge

We can only marvel at President Obama’s response to the kidnapping of Israeli 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin by Hamas. Within hours of his abduction being confirmed President Obama was in a news conference calling for the Israeli soldiers release.
If nothing else it’s a measure of how the man who is supposedly the “world’s most powerful” is under the heel of America’s Zionist lobby.
Indeed according to Haaretz: “Obama said he condemned both Hamas and the attack within minutes of the incident.”
“Within minutes”? Truly this man is at the beck and call of America’s Zionist lobby.
Would that he would do the same for the many Palestinian civilians held by Israel. Among them children, all held without trial or charge.
Meanwhile President Obama’s spokesmen have condemned the abduction as “barbaric” and “outrageous”. Even as the Palestinian death toll during the current Israel offensive climbs to over 1600, most of them civilians including many children.
Nonetheless , it needs to be emphasised that 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin may have already been killed in blanket Israeli artillery bombardments and air strikes, as intended and deemed by the Haniball Directive.
The fact that Israeli troops are starting to leave parts of Gaza, and that Hamas claims to have heard nothing from his abductors is another indication the Hannibal directive may have been accomplished.

Obama calls for immediate release of captured Israeli soldier in Gaza

Barak Ravid — Haaretz August 1, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama condemned Hamas for Friday’s reported capture of 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, saying if Hamas was serious about resolving the situation the Israeli officer must be freed.

Obama said he condemned both Hamas and the attack within minutes of the incident. “If they (Hamas) are serious about trying to resolve this situation, that soldier needs to be unconditionally released as soon as possible,” he told a news conference.

Obama reiterated Israel’s right to defend itself, saying no country would tolerate rockets and tunnel attacks. He stated that Hamas is housing rockets in the middle of civilian neighborhoods, “which is why we see innocent people getting killed.”

The president said Israel committed itself to the cease-fire before it was violated, cautioning that Israel cannot be confident that a cease-fire will hold if Hamas cannot control all Palestinian factions.

Obama stressed more should be done to protect the lives of innocent civilians in Gaza, saying a cease-fire was one way to do that. “I want to see everything possible done so that Palestinian civilians do not get killed.” He also added that, “There is a way of dealing with the tunnels while reducing the bloodshed.”

He said that the U.S. remains committed to brokering a truce between the sides. “We are going to continue working on a ceasefire but it will take time and will be hard.”

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