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Obama breaks silence on Gaza, voices 'deep concern' over civilian deaths
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Posted on 01/06/2009 2:01:08 PM PST by freedom9

Barack Obama, who takes over as U.S. president from George W. Bush on January 20, broke his silence about the violence in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, calling the loss of civilian lives in Gaza and in Israel a "source of deep concern for me."

Obama added he would adhere to his principle that only Bush should be the voice of U.S. foreign policy at this time but he would have plenty to say after his inauguration in two weeks.

Nonetheless, Obama said that he is "not backing at all from what I've said during the campaign we're going to engage effectively and consistently in the peace process."

"We've got plenty to say about Gaza, and on January 20, you'll hear directly from me," he added.

Meanwhile, the United States on Tuesday signaled some flexibility over Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip, saying it would like to see "an immediate ceasefire" but emphasizing any such agreement must be durable, sustainable and indefinite.

U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack also said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's trip to the United Nations on Tuesday was designed to show that the United States was open a variety of ways to achieve a cease-fire. "We would like an immediate cease-fire, absolutely," McCormack told reporters, speaking after Israeli tank shells killed at least 40 Palestinians at a United Nations school where civilians had taken shelter. "An immediate cease-fire that is durable, sustainable and not time-limited."

(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel
KEYWORDS: 0bama; bhomiddleeast; callmeifyouneedme; gaza; hamas; islam; israel; jihad; obama; obamaspals; obamatransitionfile; present; zero
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1 posted on 01/06/2009 2:01:11 PM PST by freedom9
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To: freedom9

His mouth moves, but he says nothing.


2 posted on 01/06/2009 2:03:07 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: freedom9

Zec 12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.


3 posted on 01/06/2009 2:03:55 PM PST by freedom9
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To: freedom9

The Empty Suit Strikes again!


4 posted on 01/06/2009 2:04:18 PM PST by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: freedom9

That day is at hand...


5 posted on 01/06/2009 2:04:43 PM PST by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: freedom9

That’s it?

Obama: ‘Present!’


6 posted on 01/06/2009 2:04:48 PM PST by Ben Reyes (Palin 2012)
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To: freedom9
"source of deep concern for me."

wow. Like, wow.

7 posted on 01/06/2009 2:06:14 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (revolution is in the air.)
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To: freedom9
He's pathetic.
8 posted on 01/06/2009 2:06:31 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: freedom9
Barack Obama, who takes over as U.S. president from George W. Bush on January 20, broke his silence about the violence in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, calling the loss of civilian lives in Gaza and in Israel a "source of deep concern for me."

As in "Oh crap, I'm actually going to have to make a DECISION and take a STAND!"

9 posted on 01/06/2009 2:07:21 PM PST by Centurion2000 (To protect and defend ... against all enemies, foreign and domestic .... by any means necessary.)
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To: Army Air Corps
His mouth moves, but he says nothing.

Sure he said something. He said, "I'll tell you later."

Isn't he wonderful?

10 posted on 01/06/2009 2:07:29 PM PST by BAW (Enjoying every minute of Illinois political theater)
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To: freedom9

Matbe Joe Biden and Colin Powell know something is going to happen and we are going to be “tested” shortly after O assumes command.


11 posted on 01/06/2009 2:07:37 PM PST by spiffy
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To: freedom9

He voted “Present.”


12 posted on 01/06/2009 2:07:58 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|RCongressIn2Years)
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To: freedom9

BTTT


13 posted on 01/06/2009 2:08:31 PM PST by Bradís Gramma ( PRAY! Pray for Israel. Pray for the US.)
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To: freedom9

Obama is a “source of deep concern for me.”


14 posted on 01/06/2009 2:09:05 PM PST by FMBass ("Now that I'm sober I watch a lot of news"- Garofalo from Coulter's "Treason")
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To: freedom9
"We've got plenty to say about Gaza, and on January 20, you'll hear directly from me," he added.

I hope Israel is finishing up by then.

15 posted on 01/06/2009 2:10:18 PM PST by airborne (God answers all prayers. Just some times the answer is "no".)
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To: freedom9
"We've got plenty to say about Gaza, and on January 20, you'll hear directly from me," he added.

Yes, the money quote....

16 posted on 01/06/2009 2:10:27 PM PST by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: freedom9

Call me if you need me?


17 posted on 01/06/2009 2:11:28 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: FMBass

Ditto.


18 posted on 01/06/2009 2:11:49 PM PST by Phoenix11
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To: Ben Reyes
On the Cavuto show today, Al Sharpton referred to Obama as President Obama.

I think more fitting is Present Obama.

That's all he will ever be even though he will do massive amounts of damage just by being Present Obama.

19 posted on 01/06/2009 2:11:56 PM PST by Syncro (Mi TagLine)
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To: freedom9

Can people please give the guy some credit for keeping his mouth shut? He hasn’t been sworn in and he’s acknowledging that. In this instance it is the proper call.


20 posted on 01/06/2009 2:12:38 PM PST by misterrob (Smooth talkers win at singles bars and in politics .. often with similar outcomes for the listener)
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To: the invisib1e hand
More than wow, it's shamwow!


21 posted on 01/06/2009 2:12:50 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: freedom9
Obama breaks silence on Gaza

More like he broke wind.

22 posted on 01/06/2009 2:12:51 PM PST by SGCOS
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To: freedom9

Obama added he would adhere to his principle that only Bush should be the voice of U.S. foreign policy at this time ...

so Obama, everything you said about Iraq?


23 posted on 01/06/2009 2:13:05 PM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: airborne
I hope Israel is finishing up by then.

Wonder if Israel's timing has anything to do with the president-elect.......

24 posted on 01/06/2009 2:14:32 PM PST by Magnolia
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To: airborne
"We've got plenty to say about Gaza, and on January 20, you'll hear directly from me," he added.

I hope Israel is finishing up by then.

So does Present Obama.

He hasn't a clue, and will do what his handlers tell him to.

He would make the war in Gaza even more of a disaster

For Israel and any other countries fighting terrorism

25 posted on 01/06/2009 2:14:33 PM PST by Syncro (Mi TagLine)
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To: Army Air Corps
Good is gooder.
Bad is badder...
26 posted on 01/06/2009 2:14:48 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Army Air Corps

He will part the water with great gas....


27 posted on 01/06/2009 2:16:24 PM PST by refermech
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To: freedom9

Barack 16:66 - Though his mouth moveth, bellowing out great torrents of lofty words, He sayeth nothing. Yea, the people still marvel at him, wondering, “who here can compare to Him?”


28 posted on 01/06/2009 2:16:32 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Resist the Obamination!)
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To: freedom9
Funny, Obama has never voiced “deep concern” about Hamas’s indiscriminate murdering of Israelis.
29 posted on 01/06/2009 2:18:28 PM PST by ryan71
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To: freedom9
"We've got plenty to say about Gaza, and on January 20, you'll hear directly from me,"

"Just call me if you need me." Pathetic worm.

30 posted on 01/06/2009 2:18:35 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin - Everything that is Sweetness and Light!)
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To: freedom9; ExTexasRedhead; oswegodeee; seekthetruth; flaglady47; Chigirl 26
"Meanwhile, the United States signaled some flexibility over Israel's offensive saying it would like an "immediate ceasefire."

Flexibility, my Aunt Fanny. This statement is "flexibility?"

The only signal the U.S. is sending is more of the same as before.....a weakening, a backing-off, a backing-down, a betrayal.....and an incredible cowardice.

Not to mention a buckling of the knees now that Iran has rattled the war drums.

Bush is true to form again.....getting everyone all excited over his backing of Israel, and then doing his usual back-tracking. I can't stand this man.

Either back Israel all the way or withdraw the backing and cut out the deviousness. There's no middle ground here, Mr. President.

Leni

31 posted on 01/06/2009 2:19:11 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: freedom9
Obama added he would adhere to his principle that only Bush should be the voice of U.S. foreign policy at this time

His "principle" was developed a bit late, but I'm glad he is adhering to it at this time, as it is the right thing to do.

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32 posted on 01/06/2009 2:19:15 PM PST by Just A Nobody (I *LOVE* my Attitude Problem - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: reagan_fanatic

I’m sure going to sleep better knowing that Barry is soon going to have his finger on the button /sarc


33 posted on 01/06/2009 2:20:57 PM PST by JusPasenThru (Obamakaka.)
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To: Centurion2000

The “3:00am phone call” is here and Odumbo send the call to voice mail.


34 posted on 01/06/2009 2:21:24 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: freedom9

he breaks his silence

er yea he said I will speak about it soon.

what a pathetic man he is, no leadership what so ever.

Now if it was about voter fraud, illegal money and his mouthpieces the media he would tell us all about it


35 posted on 01/06/2009 2:22:03 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick MA,CT sham marriage end racism end affirmative action)
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To: JusPasenThru

The Snooze Button, that is.


36 posted on 01/06/2009 2:23:41 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps
His mouth moves, but he says nothing.

You're supposed to just stand there, mouth hanging open in awe, and adore him. You aren't supposed to actually listen to what he's saying. When he talks, it's the oratory equivalent of Muzak.

37 posted on 01/06/2009 2:23:51 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: freedom9

Captain Zero strikes again!!!!


38 posted on 01/06/2009 2:24:16 PM PST by SoConPubbie (GOP: If you reward bad behavior all you get is more bad behavior.)
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To: freedom9

Which testament is that in? :)


39 posted on 01/06/2009 2:25:02 PM PST by OKSooner
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To: freedom9
Zec 12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Just read this last week and realized that I may see this passage fulfilled.

40 posted on 01/06/2009 2:25:13 PM PST by pollywog (I will lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord...Ps 121)
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To: freedom9
Obama added he would adhere to his principle that only Bush should be the voice of U.S. foreign policy at this time but he would have plenty to say after his inauguration in two weeks.

What changed? If I recall correctly he was sticking his nose into foreign affairs prior to the election when he told Iraqis to not meet with the Bush people on troop withdrawal from Iraq.

What a lying sack of crap he is.

41 posted on 01/06/2009 2:25:33 PM PST by Netizen
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To: freedom9
OMG! He has spoken the words of deep wisdom: "source of deep concern for me."

What a frikin' clown!

42 posted on 01/06/2009 2:25:35 PM PST by avacado
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To: freedom9

“Some of my friends support Israel in this conflict, some other friends of mine strongly support the forces in Gaza, and I of course, stand with my friends.”

“Now can I just have my Slurpee in peace?”


43 posted on 01/06/2009 2:26:53 PM PST by mkjessup ("An empty limousine pulled up in front of the White House, and Barack Hussein Obama got out")
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To: Army Air Corps
His mouth moves, but he says nothing.

He’s just voting present.

44 posted on 01/06/2009 2:27:03 PM PST by usurper (Spelling or grammatical errors in this post can be attributed to the LA City School System)
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To: Centurion2000
Barack Obama, who takes over as U.S. president from George W. Bush on January 20, broke his silence about the violence in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, calling the loss of civilian lives in Gaza and in Israel a "source of deep concern for me."

As in "Oh crap, I'm actually going to have to make a DECISION and take a STAND!"

If only I thought he would take a stand, but the Clinton people he has surrounded himself with never made a decision when they worked for Bill, and I don't see Obama any differently than Clinton before him. He is already so engrossed with his legacy, it will be a term filled with sound bites and video clips.

45 posted on 01/06/2009 2:28:03 PM PST by khenrich (The gutsiest Republican is a woman from Alaska.)
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To: Army Air Corps

His statement was probably prepared by his close buddy and PLO Spokesman, Rashid Khalidi...


46 posted on 01/06/2009 2:28:08 PM PST by Wil H (No Accomplishments, No Experience, No Resume No Records, No References, Nobama..)
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To: freedom9

Wait until he tells the nation dealing with the middle east is above his pay grade.


47 posted on 01/06/2009 2:28:20 PM PST by usmcobra
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To: freedom9
I actually commend Obamah for keeping his mouth shut till Jan 20.

There can only be one President, one Commander-in-Chief at a time.

48 posted on 01/06/2009 2:28:23 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: freedom9
"We've got plenty to say about Gaza, and on January 20, you'll hear directly from me,"

He's still awaiting Soros' decision on the matter and Media Matters to write the talking points.

49 posted on 01/06/2009 2:29:35 PM PST by AmericanGirlRising (Buying carbon credits will not get me into Heaven. I am second - http://iamsecond.com/#/home/)
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To: Brett66

Obama’s a sham alright!


50 posted on 01/06/2009 2:29:40 PM PST by Netizen
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