Obama, Clinton take to the phones for diplomatic efforts on Gaza
November 19th, 2012
07:29 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama, Clinton take to the phones for diplomatic efforts on Gaza

(CNN) - For the Obama administration, the watchword is "de-escalate." Stop the fighting, especially rocket attacks by Hamas on Israel, then deal with longer-term issues.

But President Barack Obama, who continues to support Israel's right to defend itself while urging that the fighting cease, cannot do it on his own.

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  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be nice if the Israelis back the troops away from the Gaza Strip. What needs to happen is that the Israelis see no missles being fired at their civilians. While that is going on, the Israelis can drop only leaflets into Gaza.

    November 19, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. Larry L

    No better team to work towards a solution best representing America's position in Mid-Eastern affairs. President Obama is as always, in control.

    November 19, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. helenecha

    John McCain suggested Bill Clinton as Middle East peace negotiator. How will he show us his ability as a negotiator on Middle East peace? Let me imagine that he has many ideas and experience and must give us much surprise as if we saw the pictures of the story designed by the artists.

    Here is the story. There's a young man, who was surrounded by a heavy snow and fell down on the snow and got asleep. When he woke up, he found himself being covered by many wolfs. They prevented him from covering by the snow and warmed him with their bodies until he opened his eyes. They rescued him.

    How incredibly the story is, isn't it? That is what I so called the surprise.

    November 19, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. Dee

    President Obama and Hillary Clinton are doing their job while John McCain is trying to undermine this President. He is still and angry man from the last election.

    He has gone to insulting the Ambassador to the UN who is a Rhode Scholar, has a PHD and then trying to be the President of the United States by interfering in the Middle East conflict between Gaza and Israel knowing full well wherever the President travels the White House travels with him on Air Force One, he has lost all of his credibility and needs to stay out of the lime light.

    November 20, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  5. Godswill ebi

    the world should asked why

    November 20, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  6. Geordie

    Instead of giving speeches on leadership abroad Obama should be leading right here at home.
    The economy is tanking , debt is rising , more people are losing their jobs and the President and Clinton have gone on a trip , probably to avoid any further questions about Benghazi.
    So it is back to the usual , 4 years of doing nothing , how were people so dumb to re-elect this empty suit.

    November 20, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  7. Mike Luv

    If gaza started it, israel should do there best to finish it.

    November 20, 2012 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Russia, England, Germany all stand united with President Obama in calling for peaceful negotiations and a ceasefire. Just as importantly they are letting Israel know in no uncertain terms that a ground assault on Gaza would diminish the goodwill that these nations currently hold towards Israel. Again, communicating the exact sentiments of our President.
    This is all a result of good relations and groundwork laid by President Obama at the beginning of his first term, and a reflection of the respect and high esteem that he is held in the global community.
    President Obama has brought our allies together again to speak with one voice, and one power when facing conflict.
    Lastly, wherever the President goes, the presidency goes with him. He has at his disposal an unparalleled global communication network.
    Forward America.

    November 20, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |