July 23rd, 2008
10:45 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama calls latest Palestinian attack 'intolerable'

Obama held a press conference in Israel Tuesday.
Obama held a press conference in Israel Tuesday.

(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday said the terror in Sderot is “intolerable,” and praised the residents for their courage and resilience.

“I’m here to say that - as an American and as a friend of Israel - that we stand with the people of Sderot and with all the people of Israel,” Obama said.

Sderot is a southern Israeli town that has come under rocket attack from Palestinian militants in Gaza. Obama earlier toured a home that was damaged in one of the attacks.

“Israelis should not have to live endangered in their homes and schools. I’m hopeful that the recent understanding to end the attacks will provide some relief, but America must always stand up for Israel’s right to defend itself against those who threaten its people,” he said.

Obama said he was “deeply committed” to helping Israelis achieve a lasting peace with Palestinians who are prepared to accept the state of Israel, renounce terrorism and abide by agreements.

“We must support Palestinian leaders who share this vision,” Obama said, calling attention to President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayad, both of whom he met with earlier.

Obama was joined in Sderot by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, also toured the war-torn city when he visited the region in March.


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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Independent in Iowa

    Ugh.. another Obama story. CNN is going to have a report on Obama every time he farts.

    July 23, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. bill for barack

    Why is a story about Obama filed under McCain ??????????????

    July 23, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Walter

    Two obvious possibilities:

    1. McCain is so blinded by frustration, hatred, and ambition that he will say anything it takes to diminish Obama.

    2. The butter is slipping off his noodles.

    I don't know which possibility is the most disturbing.

    July 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. EMJ

    I thought Obama was to blame for the Mid East crisis?

    Yes, let the Obama bashing begin...

    July 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    THIS IS CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    July 23, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    LOVE YOU MR OBAMA

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    July 23, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    KEEP DOING WHAT U ARE DOING

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    July 23, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Mel

    VERY PRESIDENTIAL ON OBAMA'S PART.........

    July 23, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. JA Cook

    'Obama said he was “deeply committed” to helping Israelis achieve a lasting peace with Palestinians who are prepared to accept the state of Israel, renounce terrorism and abide by agreements.'

    Right on!

    We should support all who denounce terrorism. We should also avoid naming nations as our enemy or members of an "axis of evil" which alienates them further. Real leaders work to resolve differences rather than increasing them.

    July 23, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    MCSAME IS A WAR MONGER

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    July 23, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    VOTE OBAMA IN NOVEMBER

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    July 23, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    MCCAIN=MCSAME AND MCWAR

    VOTE

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    July 23, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Mike 4 Obama

    I think Obama is wearing a wife beater under that dress shirt. That's money lol.

    July 23, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    DONT VOTE FOR MCSHAME IN NOVEMBER

    VOTE FOR

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    July 23, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    NO MCSHAME

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    July 23, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Lifelong Democrat

    Barack Husseon Obama will say anthing to win.

    Look from where he came to where he is now.

    For the first time in my life I am voting Republican this fall...viva McCain!

    July 23, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Auntie Coosa, Blairsville, Georgia, USofA

    Hasn't Sen. Barry Obama used the phrase "intolerable" on a number of occasions? And what does he mean by it?

    List all of the times the term "intolerable" has been used by Sen. Obama.

    July 23, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Jamaal Kansas

    Barack Obama is the inspiration for million around the world But it is a lot of Racist people in America that won't vote for him because he is Black Lets stop the hate in 08 Vote for Barack Obama

    July 23, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Didine - Maryland

    What a smart man! Barack really represents hope and change. He want peace all over the world. We are all in love with his vision and the way he will change this great nation.

    July 23, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. 17 year old future politician

    This is great, he will show a strict tolerance to Palestine's terrorist attacks, as well as providing an open ear to any concerns they may have, this benefits the people of Isreal as well as Palestine.

    Obama/Sebelius 08'

    July 23, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Barack = One who is blessed = Once in life time leader = Intellegent = Charismatic = Our 44th Pesident = likeable= One with soft heart.

    July 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. JoeMamma

    The same should be said for the weekly Israeli raids and home demolishons. They are no innocent bystander.

    Take off the skull cap and put America's interests first.

    July 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Matt

    Yeah, Obama will probably want to nuke them now.

    July 23, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. theresa in Prattville

    You go Mr. President. Yeah, that's right....

    July 23, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Doug, New Jersey

    Is this as intolerable as the US Government creating the AIDS virus to kill black people?

    Sorry libs, it is a fact that Obama took his young children to the Trinity church every Sunday to hear Obama's Mentor Rev. Wright spew this kind of hatrid, if Obama didn't believe it then why did he attend the church for 20 years and why did he take his kids there to hear such hateful, dishonest things?

    For further proof of Obama's black liberation theology I suggest that those who like facts check out Michelle Obama's Princeton thesis, there is no doubt that she hates "whitey" too.

    Now lets see if CNN needs to censor the truth about their Messiah.

    July 23, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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