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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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Ian

    Hey, wait a minute. Obama's promising to provide tax payers money and military support to Israel? Isn't that what all the other politicians are doing?

    Welfare State '08

    July 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Patrick

    There is no change here...this is the status quo of unquestioning blind support of Israel.

    This policy itself is very questionable.

    July 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Joyce, IL

    McCain wants to change the subject about Iraq because he can't handle the truth. Instead of talking about the surge, he should talk about a war that should never have been started. His arrogance and his smirk are very mean spirited, much more than GW. George is a simpleton, McCain is downright mean.

    Obama 08

    July 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Dale

    Any man with McCain's temper should never go near the White House. He has a lot of anger and if he wins he wil have anger and power. Not a good combination. We don't need a hothead in the White House.

    Obama 08

    July 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Ron

    I'm laughing out loud at all the jealous zealots who can't stand the fact that McCain is not going to win. The Hillary cats are haters, and are green with envy, which they shouldn't be. Actually they don't have time, they have to go raise money to pay back her debt. And McCain supporters are just on drugs, anyone who wants a 3rd term of the WORST PRESIDENT IN MODERN HISTORY, has to be an addict.

    Obama 08

    July 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. bimmer


    To get elected he would say or do anything.

    How can anybody trust him except the liberal media?

    He chose a terrorist as his friend. He chose a hate monger and an unpatriotic crazy person as his spiritual mentor and dumped him like a hot potato when it was convenient to do so.

    The candidate of change is now a candidate of change of position.

    What a fairy tale?

    MCCain ,on the other hand, speaks the truth, and a true patriot. Not a fake one. He is not articulate or smooth.

    But who would be good for the country?

    A smooth talker or a guy with proven track record.

    July 23, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Kaleb

    Obama is saying that the Hamas Palestinian attacks is intolerable? This is from a man that attends a church for 20 years that supports the Hamas movement? hmmmmm, this is hard to reconcile. Is he the guy who supports the church that supports Hamas or is he the guy who supports Israel in its struggle to be independent nation without the plagued of terror?

    July 23, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Obama Supporter 2

    For all those bloggers that say that Obama is acting like he is already the President of the US, I say it's not his fault that the past 7 years that the US representation looked and acted more like bozo the clown. It's really not that hard to upstage that. Obama is being himself – what an amazing thing to see someone who not only looks but acts like a diplomat! Go Obama!!

    July 23, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. ARB

    Listening to Obama run his mouth is "intolerable".

    July 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |

    Rejoice, rejoice America for in the Holy Land upon a hill your

    "MESSIAH" declared himself ! Let him be known as:

    :BARACK PBAMA" the great..and he shall overrule you with and

    iron fist. Down with your Militaty Commanders and take ye your

    rank and file with you....from this time forward he will lead invisible

    armies and the world shall obey,,,



    July 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Erin in Edmonds WA

    To all PUMAs:

    McCain has proven time and time again that he is mentally unstable, losing his ability to think cleary, and has no plans to change anything of Bush's if he is elected. He is a babbling misogynistic warmonger, and if you think he is better equipped mentally and physicaly to be the chief executive of the US and will vote for him because things didn't turn out your way–then why don't you admit what your true agenda is–you are racist prima donnas who would sell out your country for another 4 years then do the right thing for the all the citizens of this country. Move to Myanmar. Please....

    July 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. David from Ohio

    Yes, let's focus on the adjectives Obama uses to describe events. That's so much more important than his position on this issues. Next thing you know he'll be talking about an axis of evil and not surrendering at Munich. Go reread your Reagan biography while you're eating freedom fries.

    July 23, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. prefer koolaid than your arsenic

    Doug, New Jersey wrote BLAH BLAH BLAH....give it a rest. the truth is Obama does not have to put out attack ads about McCain, heck Mccain is his own attack ad. you Doug should really do your research on Dr. Rev. Wright instead of being a sound bite blogger.

    McCain better be thanking the Lord the press is not paying attention to him other wise we would be blogging about the over 59 lobbyist on his pay roll, the USS Forrestal, adultery, the continuous gaffes and the ENRON Loophole is boy Gramm is responsible for. you McCain supporters really don't want the truth, come up with a good reason to support your Mccain rather than your stupid spewing of hate for Obama, who you don't even have the sense to research...go to his website for answers.

    McCain=danger will rogers danger ahead.

    July 23, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. The Four Horseman

    Wow what a world leader! Obama for AntiChrist!!

    Obama AntiChrist '08

    July 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. 82nd Airborne Division

    Man sometimes I can't fathom the fact that me and my Brothers and
    Sisters in the Armed Forces provide a blanket of security for
    some of you hate spewing cowards to vent like little school children.
    If you haven't served your country please refrain from the hard line
    rhetoric, because your freedom too speak freely has come at a
    high cost to others!!!

    WE Got Your Milk And Cookies!!!

    July 23, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. john

    This is the same man that is going to negotiate with the nut in Iran, he is a phony empty suit that will do anything or say anything if it promotes his left wing liberal cause.

    July 23, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Michele Hussein, Oregon

    Doug, New Jersey:
    "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."
    If you ever were a minority or close to them, especially in the inner cities or in impoverished areas, you would see liberation theology in a different light. Yes, we saw anger coming out of Wright's mouth, not "hatrid" as you say. And unfortunately, the good in what he had to say was diminished by his narcissistic angst, but any time you have a repressed people, historically leaders in time rise up to confront the evils of injustice. Our own revolution was a slap in the face to the establishment of the times. The civil rights movement, the women's suffragist movement, the farm worker's movement etc.

    Sometimes we choose solidarity with the poor even though we may have to absorb and/or be criticized for words and actions of others in the movement. It still does not take away from the good that is being done. In my heart of hearts, I believe that this is the framework in which Obama attended this church.

    In this context, you also might see the heart of Michelle Obama, who is NOT opposed to "whitey" as you say in her thesis, but in solidarity with some of the realities in being a minority and trying to look at it systematically.

    Obama "08

    July 23, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Marie in California

    Watch what you say, Obama......otherwise Hammas will withdraw their approval of our candidacy!

    Was for Hillary, now for McCain!


    July 23, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. anonymous

    It absolutely amazes me that there are so many uneducated people out there. Here we have NOBAMA, globe trotting, saying his little pre-written niceties. What would you expect him to do/say to these countries that have so generously contributed to his campaign? Those terroristic countries WANT him to win because he in incompetent, uneducated in foreign politics or worldly matters. He's so liberal, China, and others think with him in power, they will have it made. If you people don't wake up, they just might buy his election.

    July 23, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Marc PDX

    Perhaps Mr. Obama could go talk Hamas in Gaza and dispense some of that famous good judgement for them. Same as he plans to do with Iran. That should be all it takes...

    (Psst! The emporer has no clothes!)

    July 23, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    I wonder what He told the Palestine Leaders when he was in a meeting with them.

    This guy is an opportunist. A Fraud. He's only saying what people want to hear to get elected.

    And all you mindless lemurs so desperate for change are buying the same BS Bush sold in 2000 and 2004.

    July 23, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. tedious898

    Is hate, insults and disparaging remarks all the republicans and Pumas know? I understand completely now.

    There is nothing positive about your candidate. Certainly you can't explain the wonderful things he is proposing to do for this great country. You are simply frustrated that you lack any material for intelligent debate while only possessing the mental capacity of an amoeba in kindergarten – no less.

    July 23, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. tedious898

    I so wish the scores of really ignorant americans simply mentioned the qualities of their candidate (i.e. McCain) and avoiding decending into rants, insults and complaints against Sen. Obama for simply doing the best he can to lead this "off track" country of ours. None of these imbeciles have any idea how difficult it is to do what he's doing as the 1st American of African decent.

    In other words, give Barack a chance by simply not insulting with every sentence. Spend less time hating him (Barack) and more time supporting the wonderful policies and proposals presented by the good senator from AZ. I know they are few. But if you try real hard you might sound intelligent and coherent.

    Certainly Barack's supporters have plenty to be proud of.

    July 23, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Obama Supporter from Texas

    Here is another story to keep Obama in the spotlight. Thanks CNN. I love to hear about my candidate.

    July 23, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Scott L

    Didn't he say we should sit down and talk with Hamas? You mean after they rocket another town, or just before?

    July 23, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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