June 9th, 2010
01:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama calls for rethinking Gaza blockade, announces aid package

Washington (CNN) - The United States will contribute $400 million in development aid to the Palestinian territories and work with Israel to loosen its embargo on Gaza, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

Obama's announcement came after White House talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The money will be used to build housing, schools, water and health care systems in both the Palestinian Authority-controlled West Bank and Gaza, which is ruled by the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas.

Obama called the situation in Gaza "unsustainable," and said the United States would work with its European allies, Egypt and Israel to find a "new conceptual framework" for the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

"We agree Israelis have right to prevent arms from coming into Gaza," Obama said. But he said "new mechanisms" were needed to allow more goods to reach the territory - and he repeated that the long-term solution was a permanent deal creating "a Palestinian state side-by-side with an Israel that is secure."

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  1. Capt. Snarky

    And with this aid package, will the U.S. get an apology from all those Hamas Militants that were dancing in the streets after 9/11????????

    Will they stop showering Israel with the missles they are getting from Iran?

    June 9, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. bubba

    thats right hussein...............pile the money on the palestinians........................and royally pi@@ the other side off..

    where is your friggin mind????

    June 9, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    For those of you who thought you were voting for Obama to end this constant flow of our tax dollars to other countries, does this make you want to vote for him again in 2012? I actually understand why these things are done, but I do remember this as a repetitive part of the argument about why Obama was the man to save America. I'm just saying...

    June 9, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. BILL, WI

    This current blockade is also owned by the U.S. and the EU but it falls to Israel to form the naval screen. You can give ten dollars and four hundred million dollars of aid to Gaza, but to ensure Hamas does not receive one dime of it will be the real challenge. How about creating an international zone for inspections and cargo delivery.

    June 9, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Bruce

    Just another lie by Obozo. His true intent is to destroy Israel. he will side with the Muslims every time considering he is one of them and anyone who thinks he isn't a Muslim is just kidding themselves. We have a Muslim President who sides with terrorists. Gee who would have thought right?

    June 9, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Take America Back

    In my life time, we have had 10 presidents since Israel became a nation again and all have courageously supported Israel.....until this president. Obambi, it seems, is always leaning in the direction of the radical Arab/Muslim nations.......causes one to wonder why????

    June 9, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Good...Professor Obama gets it. Listen up and take notes Neo-Confederates. The U.S. needs to be a credible partner to both parties if we are ever going to be a legit peace broker.

    June 9, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Frank in valparaiso indiana

    The only aid package Gaza deserves is a sea launched Tomahawk courtesy of the US Navy.

    June 9, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Angus McDugan

    Mr. President, Americans feel that you should not support terrorism. Think about it. I know you are very much aligned with the U.N., but you are the President of the United States.

    Also, I want you to understand that it is OK for America to be the best at everything, so stop getting in the way.

    June 9, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Richard B.

    And just where the heck is he getting $400 million for aid? Oh wait, he is going to put is further in debt to give money that we dont have, genius! How about we fix our own problems here first? I feel bad for them but our financial situation is deteriorating so much that if we dont fix soon we wont be able to help ourselves. If he wants to make a difference he should push China to donate some of the US Dollars in the foreign currency reserves, that way they get money and we dont get any additional debt..... I have seriouse concerns about Obama's state of mind.

    June 9, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    Muslims in arms eh Barry?

    June 9, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. D.

    Does he know what he is doing? When it comes to this old conflict, he seems to fuel the Palestinian extremist radical anti-peace elements again and again. It is a shame that he is not constructive, failing and then to find a fall guy for his failings he join the "blame Israel" international chorus!

    June 9, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. The reality is...

    this is his contribution to aiding those who want to destroy Israel. Hamas wants to destroy Israel; Obama knows this and yet plans on handing over our tax money to the people who voted Hamas into power.

    For those of you who think we shouldn't partner with Israel, you have no clue as to why this is crucial to our survival as a nation and free people.

    June 9, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    Bush/Cheney pushed for premature elections in Palistine, and then turned their back on them when Hamas was democratically elected. Another failure of the Bush/Cheney regime that we and President Obama have been left to deal with. And some simple-minded right wingers have asked in reference to Bush/Cheney – "miss me yet"?
    The ignorance and arrogance is disgusting.

    June 9, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Cyd Sinai

    Good to know my hard earned dollars are going to fund Hamas terrorists. All I have to say is I didn't vote for our winner of a president.

    June 9, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. JP

    Since this money is being used to rebuild civilian targets that Israel blew up and to provide humanitarian relief to the palestinians in the Warsaw Ghetto 2 it should be subtracted from Isreal's aid that is used to build illegal settlements on stolen land.

    June 9, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Jim

    This means $400 million of our taxes going to terrorists to buy weapons to use against us.

    June 9, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Outrage

    This aid package should be an outrage to the American people, I'm sure the money will end up financing some terroristic organization who will send someone back over here to take us out. Not only that,but no money should be sent out of the country when we are in the shape we are in, send that money to the coastal communities that are in big trouble because the feds sat on their duffs during the early part of this oil spill and have now killed most of the jobs by declaring a moritorium on drilling. Now we are sending money to terrorist country areas. Put the money in this country for schools and infrastructure instead of helping a bunch of religious zealots. Makes u wonder where the loyalty lies.

    June 9, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Bill Mercer

    How dumb are you berry? Hamas is a terroist orginization, and, that makes you a supporter of terrorism! should not you be arrested for giving them aid? Do you make your own rules!

    June 9, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. David in Houston

    A good first step...

    June 9, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    obama's forighn policey is a disgrace" ,why should our tax dollars go to this chamas terrorists? they should be able to harm inicent sivillians?

    June 9, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Marvin

    What guts we have, forcing the Israelis to lift an embargo on their enemy for humanitarian reasons while we continue to force Cuban peoples to live in poverty and hunger. Our government should put up or shut up!

    June 9, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. sonny chapman

    Now that's being Christ-like.

    June 9, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. Slick William

    What it really says:

    The United States will contribute $400 million in development aid to the Palestinian terrorists and work with Israel to lose Gaza, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, middle class America remains OUT OF WORK!

    June 9, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. A Kickin' Donkey

    There WILL NEVER be peace for Israel as long as they occupy Palestinian territory.

    You can not deny people land that they have lived on and held for 100s of years and expect to have good relations with them.

    That state must not be land locked.

    Jeruselum can not be the capital of Israel ... go back to Tel Aviv.

    June 9, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |