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

Obama calls latest Palestinian attack 'intolerable'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/23/art.obama.israel.wed.cnn.jpg caption="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. Obam-uhhh

    "Well, I think... er uh I uh, er, uh, uuhh uh, er uh I hope, er uhhh, change, uh, hope, errr, uhhh, uh, like I said, er uhhh, uh, uuh, uh..."

    Well said, Oh Great Obamessiah, Oh Great Orator, Oh Most Benevolent and Anointed One!

    July 23, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Idiot!......as if the picture of Palestinian General hailing his people after his release from Prison wasn't telling enough while Israel's Chief of Staff stood by the deceased and saluted. Obama is dangerous for America. Can't make up his mind.

    July 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Giddy for Obama

    Come on everyone, forget this man has no experience in anything, just look at this nifty staged media event and believe.....just smile and enjoy the ride.

    July 23, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. A nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    isn't Obama the one who pimped his children to the national press? What a charmer he is. Really. How can you trust this guy, a guy who pimps his children for political gains?

    did I hear Obama lying about being on a certain committee in
    Washington? He will say anything and do anything to win. He is the poster child for flip flopping.

    What position will he change next?

    July 23, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. tedious898

    oh yeah that putrid and vial smell are those racists, republicans and Pumas that have zero mental capacity to explain a coherent thought.
    Please speak of those wonderful policies John McCain has for this great country

    Grow up losers and say something intelligent about the senator from AZ. Instead of constanty bashing Obama


    July 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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