July 23rd, 2008
10:45 AM ET
10 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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  1. The Job Interview - File This Application

    John McCain believes the Presidency is his ENTITLEMENT.

    In 2000, he was the better Republican candidate but he is no longer that same man.

    In 2008, his trademark “MAVERICK” spirit has been sold out to the Republican establishment in exchange for support from the GOP base.

    He also isn’t as sharp mentally as he was EIGHT years ago. Joe Lieberman whispering Shia versus Sunni in his ear revealed that and it’s not an isolated incident. John’s inability to see the basic unfairness of paying for erection producing Viagra but not ovulation regulating women’s birth control pills, and how he struggled to think on his feet about that simple topic was another indication that McCain’s cognitive abilities have slowed in the past 8 years. There’s no denying that.

    Americans acknowledge that McCain worked his way through difficult years at the Naval Academy and served in the military during Vietnam. He was captured as a prisoner and held for 5 years. To call him a “hero” is probably a bit too strong … firemen rushing into a burning building are heroes … but McCain clearly followed family tradition and wore the uniform with pride. We didn’t win that war but John was part of a team of millions that fought with distinction. We can embrace that part of his life without embracing him for president.

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    John, you whould have been a better choice than Bush in 2000 … but the RNC has allowed your star to rise 8 years TOO LATE.

    July 23, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Claudia


    July 23, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. James Hussein, SC

    Barack Obama wants peace in the Middle-East. Do no vote for him because he doesn't love war like John McCain. Vote for John McCain because he hate Muslims and will keep the Middle-East fighting like Iraq.

    July 23, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Gail Concord, CA

    Did Obama really say the Palestinian attack was "intolerable"? Wow! How astute! I'm impressed for sure.

    July 23, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Senator Obama said himself this morning that Isreal's responsibility is to protect the citizens of it's country from having bombs drop on their head. If someone were to shoot into my home where my daughters are, I'm going to do everything I can to protect them and prevent it from happening. So, using that analogy, I think dude is serious about Isreal. No worries to my Jewish friends.

    July 23, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. A Christian in America

    Because he is neither wimp nor warmonger, Barack Obama is a man's man that can call on others to account for their misdeeds.

    The world needs a leader with this type of moral, ethical authority.

    To God go the glory.

    I can follow this leader. I can not follow McCain.

    July 23, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. john williams san diego, ca.

    obama the Messiah or a puppet of Arab leaders, don't know for sure but one thing i know is he is a socialist.

    July 23, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Smith

    Why is there no mention that CBS tried to cover for McCain on this?

    July 23, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Current President or not, Obama is beginning to feel the difficult balancing act he will have to perform as the next President. I don't envy him, but I do support him. Good luck, dear son, you're gonna need it.

    July 23, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. American

    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.

    And McWars comment probably would be........


    July 23, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. McBUSH

    Finally someone who UNDERSTANDS !

    McBush – Warmonger!!

    McCain will die f old age and the Iraq war will still be going on if he's elected!

    July 23, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Freddy

    Dear God don't let this man win the election. America will not survive with him at the helm. I would vote for Jesse Ventura again before this man.

    July 23, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Murphy - PumaPacLeader

    First I would like to say thank you for everyone for joining my blog. I am really a republican and i have all of these women fooled.

    Go McCain

    July 23, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. OK

    Wow im impressed that Obama is in Israel. Does he really think that Palestine will ever quit attacking Israel? Not in my lifetime and certainly not before Jesus comes again.

    Maybe he can become a preacher like Jesse and solve all the world issues.

    July 23, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Mike - Texas

    I wonder if Hamas will continue support Obama now that he is chastizing them ???????

    July 23, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Brian

    Barack Obama will make a terrific president. His calm, measured approach to world affairs will finally start the peace processes many regions of this world desperately need.

    You go get 'em, Mr. President!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    July 23, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Future

    Friend of Isreal- Euhud Barack and Barack Obama.

    July 23, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Danny

    This is a general comment on CNN that I am sure all of you AMAZING people will not post:

    It is so very OBVIOUS that you are backed by the clinton machine and are still trying to position Hillary into as high ranking position in the next government as possible. Fortunately, that's as only as high as the VP (which still won't happen, but you still try). You obviously know all the inside information on what is REALLY happening in American politics – why are you freaking out so much that it's become apparent that you are willing to expose your true agenda to the observant average American? I thought you were above letting us 'normal' people know your 'real' plans? Now look what has happened? CNN (who use to have some real respect among the observant) have fallen along the lines of Fox News, which, as many of us know, is more comparable to a circus or carnival performance than any real 'credible' network. You too are falling along that line – is it really worth it. All for an out of date politician? The future is NOW CNN. Don't fall off ship because you will never be able to get back on board. This is REAL change – not change 'projected' by the media. I know you people are scared – you should be. We are watching you.

    July 23, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Soon, the silver tongue Obama is going to have to "walk the walk."

    July 23, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. God by any other name is--

    Barack, Barook,,Barry, Budha, Brahma, Boy, all names are same. Ask any Hindu pundit.

    July 23, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. MO for McCain

    What a phony, I'm tired of hearing about this staged media event.
    This is proof that Obama is pompus and arrogant, strutting around the world acting like he's already won the election. I bet it back fires on him.

    July 23, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. don

    This guy is dangerous. What a giant lying phony

    July 23, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. ARB

    Having Obama as my president will be "intolerable".

    July 23, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Mike, TX

    OMG!!!! What an incredible INSIGHT. This trip to the Middle East was worth it.

    Imagine, our next president says that Israeel has a right to defend herself from terrorist attacks. What a gutzy call! Never heard that before!

    And I am sure that the recent "understanding to end the attacks" will finally bring peace to the Middle East.

    On behalf of all Americans living, dead and yet unborn: Thank you Barack Obama. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    July 23, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. ET from OMAHA

    That is a leader I can believe in. McSame went to Israel without going to Palestine and is expecting to continue a peace process if he becomes president. What a shamefull act.
    Anyway you've got to be insane to vote MCSAme

    July 23, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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