December 29th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
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Obama could inherit Gaza crisis

 Barack Obama reiterated his support for Israel when he visited Sderot in July.
Barack Obama reiterated his support for Israel when he visited Sderot in July.

(CNN) - As the violence rages in Gaza, President Bush is putting the blame squarely on Hamas, while President-elect Barack Obama is keeping a low profile and sticking by his belief that "there is only one president at a time."

But with less than a month until the inauguration, the president-elect could inherit an international crisis - one he will not be able to defer to Bush.

Israeli airstrikes pummeled Gaza for a third day Monday as part of what Israel's defense minister called "an all-out war" with Hamas. Israel says the attacks are a response to escalating rocket attacks against southern Israel.

Israel has tanks on the border and has approved the call-up of 2,000 reservists, but there was no indication of a Israeli ground incursion Monday. However, Israeli politicians say that all options are on the table.

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soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Hey Earle, 'this war' has been going on in one form or another for 1500 years. It will go one until one side or the other no longer exists.

    December 29, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Hope

    There are bigger issues than two perennial enemies who fight each other every year, they behave as though they do not have women and children, the US has enough domestic issues, we cannot resolve a crisis in middle east until we secure our future. All these are distructions, we need to resolve healthcare, energy, jobs, education right here before we set our sights on this. They should go back to the cease fire agreement.

    December 29, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Sherrol in Canada

    …….and Obama will handle it befitting of an intelligent, reflective president.

    December 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. liz

    HIS FIRST REAL TEST!

    December 29, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Joe Fattal

    @spider
    Oh yah. Uncle Sam will never let Israel down. That's his good old girlfriend. What would happened to you if you let your girlfriend down?, you don't want to know. It remain to be seen if Mr. Obama will consider Israel a girlfriend in need of support, and money. If he does, than Israel got away with it again. If he doesn't, then the Palestinians will have their state. In Israel everything depends on what the US wants them to do. Remember the state of Israel belongs to the US.

    December 29, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. DR. PEPPER

    OBAMA, ITS YOUR BABY NOW YOU THINK YOU CAN GIVE WE ARE ONE PEOPLE SPEECH AND THATS GOING TO COVER THE PROBLEM. THE ISREALIES DON'T APOLOGIZE ANYMORE THEY HIT BACK AND HARD. THE REAL PROBLEM IS THIS HAMAS, HAS LET CONDITIONS GET SO BAD IN GAZA THEY NEED TO START A FIGHT TO TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF THEIR LACK OR SHOULD I SAY THEIR GANGSTER REGIMES REAL INTENT. THE WEST BANK IS NOT DOING THIS STUFF, FATAH, IS WILLING TO DEAL WITH THE ISREALIES, FATAH, HEZBALLAH, AL-QIDA, HAVE AND AGENDA, INSTEAD OF BUILDING THEY STEAL, DO THEY REALLY THINK THE WEST IS SOFT- THEIR MISTAKE OUR RESPONSE TO HOSTILES IS SIMPLE, KILL THEM ENOUGH TO MAKE THEM THINK TWICE. ATTACK US AGAIN YOU ARE NOW AND ENDANGERED SPECIES AND WE WILL BURY YOU DEAD. NO APOLOGIES BARACK STRENGTH SPEAKS LIKE THE SWORD HAND OF GOD, PERIOD.

    December 29, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. RF

    NEW YORKER is right when he/she refers to the land Israel occupies. Until the Israelis recognize the Palestinian right to land, there will be no peace.

    While Obama may not inherit this particular action, there will definitely be something going on. I hope that as the US reputation increases, the new adminstration will be able to engage in meaningful dialog.

    December 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Julianne

    Better Obama than Bush. We've witnessed years of disasterous Bush diplomacy. Maybe now there's hope for something better and more productive.

    December 29, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Phoenix

    The true Christians need to denounce Israel's behavior.

    December 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Kristy

    Looks like the Maryland Democrat nailed it: this particular crisis? Probably not. The power of the Israeli army cannot be matched in the Middle East so their "operations" don't take that long. But I do have naive hope that President Obama and his adminstration will make the conflict a larger priority than, say, going after the Axis of Evil.

    December 29, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Not our war, for once.

    Isnt this a long going war between Hamas and Israel? One that the US isnt a major player in for the first time in a loooooong time?

    While support of Israel because they are our alley is all well and good, I dont think we should take over their war for them. Thus this Obama 'challenge' that people keep talking about isnt anything that would be different than any other president.

    December 29, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Noah

    Kevin B- Disproportionate?? Israel has 6 million citizens and is surrounded by 300 million Muslims who want to see her destroyed. All of the bombings Israel is conducting are specifically targeting Hamas, which is a terrorist organization. People like you are crazy.

    December 29, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Apples for sale

    Dont worry folks, Rahm Emanuel will save the day,he represents all of Israels leaders here and there is big money to be made in doing so.

    December 29, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    If you think this fighting is Bushes fault I have problems even trying to take you seriously. Muslims and Jews have been killing each other in Gaza since the 40s. They have been killing each other as far back as you care to look since the beginning of religions.

    December 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Jeff in Illinois

    P.E. Obama, PLEASE, whatever you do – and I contributed, campaigned, and voted for you – do NOT let Israel continue to dictate U.S. policy. Also, as an American, I would appreciate if the White House Chief of Staff (whom I think is a highly-intelligent man), give up his Israeli citizenship. Its not as bad as the Department of Homeland Security having dual loyalty (Chertoff), but it really isn't right, especially when the wishes of the illegally-occupying nation of Israel have trumped the safety and economic security of our nation for so long.

    December 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Will-South Dakota

    Failed Policy from many administrations.......wonder who will get it right.

    December 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Bush will set the house on fire because of lack of heating.How is this man different from Hitler? Obama will undoubtedly inherit more of this mess before inauguration.

    December 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. Conservative James, Phoenix, AZ

    Where's Jimmy Carter when you need him? He brokered a peace between Israel and Egypt, one that no one thought was possible, and it has held since 1979.

    Send Jimmy over!!!

    December 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. mike reyes

    Obama WILL inherit the Gaza crisis. Just like all the presidents before him did. The question is will he be anymore successful at it. History shows and I mean histroy from way back. That unless the tribal leaders quit infighting and causeing incidents that point blame to other factions. Nothing will ever get settled in the arab community.

    The arabs can't even solve their own problems, much less than the world getting involved and making them worse. It all boils down to MONEY and POWER. When the arabs finally come to grips with whos really holding them back it may be to late THEMSELVES!

    December 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Bush is an idiot and should have never opened his mouth of place blame on anyone. This administration has worked to bring peace between Israel and Palestine bringing both parties to the table and now to play the blame game is dangerous and totally stupid. The sooner Bush is gone the world will be a better place to live in.

    December 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Pete

    What a joke of a headline. So has every president in the last 50 years inherited the mess in the middle east, why should Obama be different.

    Let's just hope his response isn't one of those responses that Biden warned us about. It's funny how Obama had a lot to say about foreign policy when he was running for president, but now that he is the president elect he doesn't have the courage to speak up. If there is only one president at a time, what was he doing in the middle east and Europe a month before the election?

    December 29, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. KJL

    "Could" inherit the Gaza crisis? Every president in my lifetime will inherit a Gaza crisis!

    December 29, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. kelly WI

    So what can Obama do besides say "stop it"? I suppose like everything else ....send money.
    The world doesn't stop turning just because we have a change in Presidents. Others have their own leaders who do what they darn well please.
    And Nobel gives Arafat a peace prize....I think you better learn who Nobel was and those prizes mean nothing to me.

    December 29, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Pete

    Rosa Birmingham, AL,

    But don't worry, your Messiah has all the answers and come January 21, all problems will be solved. Then we can all go on another 8 year party like we did under Clinton and let the next president deal with the hangover. Good times are coming!

    December 29, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Obama will inherit the Gaza crisis.
    If he's to endure–he must stand between the Israelis and their indulgent use of force against ill-equipped terrorists.

    He must also bear adequate pressure on the UN to ensure a multinational peacekeeping force in Palestine–that includes Arab Nations.

    His plate will be heavy full. But he picked the job. He's got to belly up and go beyond his predecessors to achieve results.

    December 29, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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