Obama: Israel has right to defend itself

2012-11-18 16:18

Bangkok - President Barack Obama says Israel has a right to defend itself from missiles being aimed at the country by militants in the Gaza Strip.

Obama says "no country on earth would tolerate missiles raining down" on its people and says any effort to resolve the conflict in Gaza "starts with no missiles being fired into Israel's territory."

Obama's comments come as Israeli strikes hit two media centres in the Gaza Strip on Sunday as violence continues to escalate.

Palestinian militants meanwhile fired at least one more long-range rocket at Tel Aviv, the fourth day in a row the city has come under fire.

The rocket was intercepted by Israel's "Iron Dome" missile defence system.

Obama spoke at a news conference in Bangkok on Sunday.

He's on a three-country tour of Asia.

  • larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-18 16:27

    And that is all there is to say about that.

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-11-18 16:31

    When it comes to war, I don't care who's right and wrong. Sue me. Or, in this case, thumbs-down me. For me, it's all about the civilians who are injured, maimed and killed in the process. About the parents losing children - regardless of what side they're on. I HATE WAR.

  • andrew.arnesen - 2012-11-18 16:52

    Yeah, and if they stuck to defending themselves, everything would be a lot better.

      andrew.arnesen - 2012-11-20 16:24

      @Quirky - I'd also throw rocks over the wall at your children if you had been squatting on my land for 50 years...

  • Gar - 2012-11-18 18:08

    Israel, we have your back

      Umm Umair - 2012-11-18 22:35

      hahaha coward u got nothing but hotair. get off ur ass go to gaza, then u have a right to speak. please carry a case of huggies with u gonna need it

      andrew.arnesen - 2012-11-19 07:10

      Speak for yourself mate!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-19 16:35

      Based on your posts on this website Andy, you're no professor. Try educating yourself more about actual events, rather than superimposing your version onto reality.

  • enoch.sphola - 2012-11-18 18:28

    Jews and palestinians are the original inhabitants of the holy land of palestine. They should re- establish and re- name palestine to accomodate everyone. If they dont settle their religious and political differences, blood will not stop to flow. for the sake of the future generations unity and a peaceful solution is needed here.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-19 16:36

      Case in point Andy. You're allowing yourself to be played by the Palestinians.

  • brett.biljon - 2012-11-18 20:02

    @carrynwhittaker what is that supposed to mean??

  • poppy.moiloa - 2012-11-18 23:06

    What saddens me is that children r killed on both sides,no child has to go through this.

  • Mike - 2012-11-18 23:43

  • werner.mayer.10 - 2012-11-19 06:27

    Reuters (Israeli Owned) reported a stray mortar shell which was not really aimed at Israel just happened to hit an Israeli army post. Israeli forces retaliated with a precision antitank missle near a Syrian mortar battery which they thought to have fired the errant shell. Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib asked Israeli backed U.S. to please help arm the Syrian Rebels. So Israel is making sure the Syrian rebels that they are fighting is properly armed?? Eh? Really? Is it just me or is there really a problem here. But let's not forget to promote Obama's Asian Tour while we're at it.

      gary.landman - 2013-02-06 23:03

      @wiener So if a hand grenade that your neighbor throws over your fence kills you kids, but he says it "wasn't really aimed at them", you will shake hans and send him some cake from the funeral reception. Stop being a mindless t**t like the rest of society and think a little!

  • zebsonm - 2012-11-19 13:24

    mr president no people in the world can live under such represion for such a long time either.throwing stones to the oppressor like that is to conscintise sensible governments like yours to save them from this monster called israel.we have seen you seize any opportunity available to demand china to change the way it governs its itself,please be consistent and demand change from israel as well.if it was not the unconditional support to israel by your government and your allies israel will be a pariar state.gaza is the biggest open prison in the world.these prisoners simply dont the same status as israel.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-19 16:34

      The Palestinians have unfortunately created their own prison. Here's why. Israel was created in 1948 from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. Palestinians with their unelected, self-serving neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call "stealing land". There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. Israel defends herself. Yes sometimes going too far, which is unacceptable, but self-defense nonetheless. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people, one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political ploys.

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