Over the last five days, Hamas militants in Gaza have fired over 800 rockets at Israel. These rockets have reached the outer limits of the densely populated cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

The rockets are believed to have been smuggled into Gaza from Iran, and as The Heritage Foundation’s James Phillips explains, “the increasing range and sophistication of Palestinian rockets has expanded the reach of terrorists, who now can threaten up to half of Israel’s population.”

So far, Israel has successfully intercepted 302 of the rockets fired at the nation through the use of their missile defense system, Iron Dome:

 Iron Dome, on which the U.S. has collaborated, has proven its worth and underscored the importance of missile defense in future U.S. military budgets.

While Israel and Hamas engage in military conflict, Iran is believed to be expanding its nuclear program:

 A leaked International Atomic Energy Agency report indicates that Iran could soon double the number of centrifuges at its Fordo facility from 700 to 1,400.

In a statement earlier this week, President Obama said Israel has the right to defend its citizens, but cautioned Israel from engaging in a ground assault in Gaza. Phillips explains how this public statement was detrimental to the future of peace in the Middle East:

This public statement will only strengthen Hamas’s determination to continue its rocket terrorism and reap the propaganda benefits from Israeli retaliatory air strikes, because the President’s statement lowers the perceived risks of an Israeli ground intervention. Moreover, it is continued Palestinian terrorism that is the chief barrier to peace, not Israel’s legitimate efforts to protect its own citizens from indiscriminate Palestinian terrorist attacks.

Egypt, Turkey, and the Arab League have heavily criticized Israel and called for a halt of air strikes. Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and hopes to pull in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-dominated regime to tilt the balance against Israel. Egypt’s government will seek to have its cake and eat it, too, in the sense that it will use the crisis to denounce Israel, support Hamas, and play to anti-Israeli sentiments at home while trying to mediate a ceasefire behind the scenes that enhances its influence and justifies continued U.S. and Western aid.

If they genuinely wanted to stop the bloodshed, then these leaders should pressure Hamas to stop the bombardment, which triggered the crisis.

The United States needs to show it will stand with its Israeli ally against terrorism, and President Obama should speak to restraining Hamas, not Israel.

Do you think President Obama should show more support for Israel?

Comments (94)

roy simperman - November 20, 2012

Obama should keep his work about checking six.

Daryl Hunter - November 20, 2012

It is no secret, Obama doesn’t like Israel.

scott stroud - November 20, 2012

I wouldn’t hold my breath. Expecting Obama to support Israel would be like Hoffa supporting Corporations. Obama has demonstrated his Islamic roots & tendencies in action & rhetoric, regardless of what he claims to be.

Webb W. Worth - November 20, 2012

President Obama should show more support for Israel but I do not believe he will. I believe he is pro Muslim.

Richard Locke - November 20, 2012

We must stand by Isreal…Period! Obama thinks siding with terrorist will be bring piece. He is dead wrong!

John V. - November 20, 2012

Yes, Obama should defend Israel but it should come as no surprise that he doesn’t. His middle east policies have been a disaster since day one. He not only does not understand the importance of Israel to the US but further has a strong tendency to side with Muslim interests.

Donald H. Ort - November 20, 2012

I am a Christian who supports Israel to the fullist. Our present president is, without a doubt, a muslim and will give lip service to supporting Israel to please his jewish base, and yet, will do nothing in terms of actions to support Israel. We can plead to Obama, until we fall over from exhaustion, but it will seve no useful purpose!!!!!!!!!!

Mary Carter - November 20, 2012

Obama should be showing much more support for Israel. His comments that Israel has right to defend itself is just to try to appease those constituents that support Israel. He has shown in the past he is for Hamas, not Israel.

Karl Horn - November 20, 2012

I don’t trust him, do you?

Patti - November 20, 2012

It’s not that I think he should, I know he should, but , I doubt if he will. He doesn’t think we need the only ally we have in that part of the world. He definitely doesn’t have any good feelings about Israel and as he as said in the past he would support the Muslim position.

Elsie E Connelly - November 20, 2012

Yes he should, but will he? I very much doubt it.

Bob Gross - November 20, 2012

No question that our President has not placed the responsibity on Hamas, who if ceased sending rockets over Israel would be the real factor in stopping the current problem

Bruce - November 20, 2012

The United States has always stood by its allies; at least it has during prior administrations. A country that doesn’t stand with its friends, will soon stand alone!

Lloyd Harris - November 20, 2012

Pray that Israel can survive for 4 more years, as it is obvious that Obama does not like Israel.

Cindy - November 20, 2012


Jose Torres MD - November 20, 2012

By “telling” Israel NOT to use its ground forces the President is in effect giving the “Palestinian Authority (Hamas) the O.K. to continue their missle strikes on Israel.without having to worry that their missle sites will be destroyed.

Daniel Nichols - November 20, 2012

The President must do what ever is necessary to help and protect Isreal. Our country has always supported Isreal and that support for our ally should never be deminished.

PaulE - November 20, 2012

Why is it surprising that Obama would show deference to the Hamas perspective? This shouldn’t come as a surprise to the people of the Heritage Foundation. After all, he has never made a secret of where his sympathies are regarding the Middle East.

Kathleen Baker - November 20, 2012

I think Mr Obama should tell his buddies in Iraq, Iran,Syria et al that his constituents don’t want anything to do with them. We don’t want to send them our hard earned tax dollars and we don’t want them coming to OUR country illegally. WE AMERICANS are solid with Israel and will continue to stay that way. He does not represent us.

Laurence DeBerry - November 20, 2012

I believe the President should stand up for Israel. They are the only true democracy in the region.

Charles Dewald - November 20, 2012

President Obama needs to support our ally in the region and not the Muslem Brotherhood. We need to let the President know that we are and always have been a friend of Israel. It is quite obvious to us Americans that the President does not respect the Israeli government and its leaders.

Bill - November 20, 2012

All one has to do to predict Obama’s policies is to look at what the Europeans think. In the case of Israel vs. Palestinians, they always side with the Palestinians; therefore, Obama does the same.

Burke Nelson - November 20, 2012

We must now show strong support for Israel. With Egypt in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, giving Iran a clear way to supply arms to Hamas, our only real ally needs our clear commitment.
Pulling out of Gaza was a mistake-and Israel will know no peace until it is neutralized.

Tom Kerr - November 20, 2012

Typical Obama reaction. I wonder how he would feel if the rockets were aimed at the white house. Easy to ask someone to use restraint if you are not the country receiving the rockets. Wow! why am I not surprised and what a joy to know that we have 4-more long years to put up with his rhetoric.

KHM - November 20, 2012

He should be “scolding” Hamas and all who are aiding the Gazan attacks on Israel, but we know this usurper is not going to do that. Daryl Hunter’s comment that he doesn’t like Israel is not strong enough. O detests Netanyahu and sides with the Arabs/ Palestinians. Israel knows it is on its own with this current regime

Betty - November 20, 2012

America has a role to play that Mr. Obama does not understand. America is a country begun by people under the direct inspiration of God Himself, who choose to leave tyranical government to found a government based in biblical principles with people who honor God in all that they do. Part of America’s role is to stand with Israel. It is a God given position that comes with a distinct consequence: The scripture says, those who bless Israel I (The Lord) will bless; those who curse Israel I (again the Lord) will curse. It behooves Mr. Obama to stand tightly with Israel.

R Hoover - November 20, 2012

Support for Israel is our best hope for peace in the Middle East!

Jim Johnson - November 20, 2012

The President should affirm to both Israel and the world that America is there to assist and protect their allies.

Then we should promptly follow that with action. We must show by actions we will not bow to subversive groups for any reason! We do not want war, yet standing firm is the only way to prevent war.

Arthur Montgomery - November 20, 2012

The U.S.commander in-chief says the Israelis have the right to defend their citizens. Too bad the Obama. administration couldn’t see fit to defend its citizens in Benghazi! I would like to know who commanded our agents on the ground to “Stand Down?” so they could be murdered. He should “Stand Up” and be counted as a patriot. But that takes a backbone which is sadly lacking!

Grant Richter - November 20, 2012

First of all half of the voting Americans re-elected the worst president ever. Second, the American people don’t understand foreign politics and neither does Obama.
The US needs to stand with Israel and work with Israel to take down those launching these rockets.
Talking with Hamas is useless. All they understand is violence. I heard it said years ago and believe it, until the Middle East comes to an understanding of who Jesus Christ really is, there will NEVER be peace in the Middle East. Two ideologies (Modern Jews and Muslims) do not believe in the real truth. Jews are holding on to an old covenant that God replaced and Muslims are holding on to one man’s failure at his attempt to reach a god.

Holly Chapo - November 20, 2012

Any thoughtful American must believe that the president should show all the support for Israel that a good friend usually shows. Sadly, this appeaser-in-chief has shown the opposite. He’s too much the rigid Marxist idealogue to realize how desrructive his positions and policies are.

Alan Suetsugu - November 20, 2012

I think Obama is just going back to the Muslim roots of his father and step father. He will destroy Israel by denying material help at the same time giving lip service in support of Israel.

Paul Wisgerhof - November 20, 2012

This is one small tactical confrontation in a war which has been ongoing since 632CE. No truce/hudna negotiated by Hamas will last longer than the time it takes for Hamas to re-arm and believe it is capable of renewing the battle. Too many of our left-wing liberal elite are totally incapable of understanding both the historical context of the battle and the implacable dedication to it exhibited by Hamas and its fellow travelers.

Keith M - November 20, 2012

Obama needs to stop supporting the terrorists and he needs to back Israel. I would not doubt that Obama supports the total destruction of Israel.

Kay Thoreson - November 20, 2012

The Palestinians and the people in the Gaza strip have been kept in ignorance and as prisoners by their own surrounding nations as pawns against Israel for many generations. Those countries should be held accountable for this history in the news reporting.

Ralph Tankersley - November 20, 2012

Hamas is conducting a reign of terror on Israel, because the Obama administration has supported the Muslim Brotherhood in all Muslim nations during the days of the Arab Spring. This reign of terror is the fault of the current administration in Washington.

Michael Merchant - November 20, 2012

Why would Isreal take his advice , especially since this president hasn`t shown any real support for Isreal.If Pesident Obama supported Isreal, maybe Isreal would hear better. Perhaps if Preident Obama showed more support for Isreal and scolded the Hamas for the bombing of Isreal and asked them to cease their attacks everything would be fine.I once had a dog that got into a fight.Being young and concerned for my pet I tried to hold him back.Well needless to say, but my dog got the s_ _t kicked out of him.Never again would I make the same mistake.To tell you the truth the look on my dogs face was one of disbelief, as if saying who`s side are you on.Never Again.

Vincent Froberg - November 20, 2012

According to Oliver North, if Israel trys to strike back at her attackers she will no longer receive replacement parts for her F14 fighter planes. It now appears that Israel is in a serious situation. Obama, it seems has chosen sides & he has not chosen Israel.

Mary Lee Sample - November 20, 2012

YES, the United States, a Judeo/Christian nation MUST stand by Israel according to Gods’ Word.
Clearly those sympathetic to Islam will interfere with that idea.

Dennis Sherwood - November 20, 2012

Obama should give Israel everything they need to fight Hamas.

What the American people need to do is get rid of Obama & crew.

Bill Starnes - November 20, 2012

Our President is contributing to terrorist attacks, not diminishing them. His policies continue to undermine peace through his total lack of understanding any nation, including Israel, has evry right to defend their citizens by whatever means are necessary. Hamas is the problem. If they were not the aggressors, we would not be having this conversation.

Martha Morrissey - November 20, 2012

Perhaps the reason Obama was re-elected was to turn his back on Israel. I have no doubt he will do just that…maybe not publically but privately…he will not advocate for Israel. May God have mercy on us and him. When we turn our back on Israel…it’s the beginning of the end of the USA…as we knew it.

Zoli Althea Engel - November 20, 2012

Obama appears to be confused as to the end result of delaying support for Israel. His rhetoric delays viable discussions among those involved. Terrorists create terror for their own benefit. Israel stands alone without our involvement. Obama is required now to utter the words he cannot seem to speak…terrorist and radical Islam. Those 2 forces are the Siamese twins of Israels’ problems.

Sharron Ashton - November 20, 2012

Of course he should show more support for Israel, but he won’t. The Palestinians’ neighbors don’t even want the Palestinians living in their countries. This has been going on for generation after generation. The Palestinians and Hamas want the people in Israel DEAD, DEAD, DEAD. Who does not know that?

Jeff Yetter - November 20, 2012

Lord, NO! Everything he supports is a farce, a financial failure, or an outright lie. The Israelis don’t need THAT kind of help. They have proven themselves capable of helping themselves, thank you very much. Truth is, the only help they need is arms re-supply.

Ronald Brown - November 20, 2012

GOD will bless those who bless Israel and curse those that dont.

Sam Evans - November 20, 2012

Of course, Obama must strongly support Israel. The U.S. Navy should provide assistance in further blocking shipping into Gaza and interdicting shipments of more rockets and other arms to be used by Hamas. And the Israelies should move forces into Gaza to set up blockage of arms shipments from Egypt into Gaza until a satisfactory cease fire arrangement is achieved and Obama should, for once, show an inkling of leadership.

Robert Shannon - November 20, 2012

We should sent some of sophiticated militery equipment into Israel and some of our troops so we can get a lay of the land and know how to best help Israel if this thing escalates.

Marianne Pearce - November 20, 2012

I think it is vital that Obama should stand with Israel. I think this is a big mistake on Obama’s part. He is encouraging Islamists to keep up their war against Israel and to keep attacking us. I think he does it deliberatly.

Joann Reitenour - November 20, 2012

Always we need to support Israel!!

Darren Sonderman - November 20, 2012

The President absolutely should be more supportive of Israel. However, this does not align with his agenda of weakening Israel and then weakening/disabling America.

Ron Schoenau - November 20, 2012

And the Jews voted for the incompetent dude overwhelmingly. How about Heritage’s telling us what it is with Jews voting for Democrats who couldn’t care less about Israel??

Doc Pete - November 20, 2012

Our only ally in the mid east has been with democracy since the creation of a homeland after WW II, longer than Obama has been on this earth. As long as Obama treats our allied nations as second class citizens, we continue on the downward slope to lose our friends and into oblivion.

Barbara Tyndall - November 20, 2012

Obama should show unwavering support for Israel to defend itself. Israel is our strongest ally in the Mideast and a true democracy. The United States need to stand with Israel!

tom - November 20, 2012

obamba never does anything right, only to the greedy people that voted him in again!

james kornmann - November 20, 2012

Knowing Barry, only hopeful responce you could expect.
He will drag his feet on this situation.

Ron Snyder - November 20, 2012

Obama should show 100% support for Israel. The Jewish people are God’s chosen people. They are our best friends in the mid east.

Paul Utesch - November 20, 2012

If president Obama is on the side of America, he certainly should support Israel, our only ally in the region

John Batista - November 20, 2012

He has no policy for the middle East and surely does not want to talk tough with Egypt….congress will……..so he tries to look tough for Israel knowing that he doesn’t like the P.M. and would like to have the election go bad for him in January.

Linda Stewart - November 20, 2012

I would just like to know WHEN we are going to STOP leaving the door open for these terrorist NUTJOBS to keep murdering unabated!!??? The President needs to step up to the plate for a change!

William D. Richards - November 20, 2012

Our USA has stood by Israel in the past and must continue to do so in the future. The President of the USA should proclaim our country’s position of support to Israel to the world. President Obama should not give the world “his personal feelings / position” but give our country’s stated policy. I also believe that the USA should stop all financial support to those countries, around the world, that support terrorism. Egypt as an example of such a country that takes our money while providing direct support to terrorists. The USA should take a firm stand and not play word games with such countries.

august mezzetta - November 20, 2012

Obama has done enough harm by giving tacit support to the people who have vowed to bury Israel. Let him and us stay the hell out of the conflict and let Israel deal with the vermin that threaten her freedom and right to exist.

Joy Dilg - November 20, 2012

Obama and the United States should definitly back Israel very strongly.

Orval Wood - November 20, 2012


Doug Rodrigues - November 20, 2012

Obama will refuse to take any pro-active action to aid Israel because it would anger the Islamics. After all, which is more important, to aid a victim country or to anger Islamics continually attacking Israel? Obama has already written that “I will stand with the Muslims.”

Janet Shea - November 21, 2012

If it is true that Obama is restraining Isreal by threatening to reduce their military resupply requirements, then he has stooped lower than cowardly.

Katherine McLeister - November 21, 2012

Isreal needs more support from us! I don’t think there are any muslims in Isreal, so of course Obama doesn’t like Israel. I don’t think Obama really understand the problems he is subjecting the U.S. to, or does he?

Lori T Cramer - November 21, 2012

Obama has made it clear in no uncertain terms that he will not support Israel. He will not do anything to hurt the Islamic nation. Even if it means defending the United States

Mae C - November 21, 2012

As a Christian nation, we should be behind Israel 100%. God said he will be with those who support His chosen people, and against those who are not. If the Palestinians would stop sending rockets to Israel, all fighting would stop. Obama has shown his preference for all the middle eastern groups because they are all tied to the Muslim philosophy. The many terrorist atrocities committed against Americans in the last four years have been brushed aside by Obama. It is clear where and with whom he stands. Golda Maier said, “when the Palestinians love their children more than war, then there will be peace.”

Eugene Stuneck - November 21, 2012

The president should fully support Israel and speak plainly to Hamas about this support.

Sonie - November 21, 2012

Yes, I believe the president should 100% support Israel, but he won’t and we know this. Hillary looked like she had eaten a frog as pictures came back with her trying to look so important. I hope Netanyahu gave her what for. After Hamas shelling Israel continuously what can anyone expect? CBS news televised pictures of civilians who said they now stood with Hamas after what Israel was doing. The mainstream media never quite tells the whole story. This is Israel’s right to defend herself, and I hope they do a good job of it!

John R. Brusko - November 21, 2012

He’s a leftist, what do you expect?

Margaret Barnes - November 21, 2012

Obama SHOULD (but won’t ) admit that the Palestinian/Hamas side of the fighting is undertaking war crimes according to all international standards of war,by placing their platforms for launching the rockets in the civilian locations.Israael is defending their country, our one and only ally in the Mid-East.

Ralph Litten - November 21, 2012

America should totally support Israel. Obama will hang them out to dry since his purpose in life is to DESTROY America and its allies. I have a really hard time understanding how any Jews in America could have voted to re-elect Obama.

Joann Barfield - November 21, 2012

obama has made the weakest possible statement of US “support” of Israel, and it is obvious where his true allegiance lies .. and his true objective and goal for our United States .. WAKE UP, AMERICA! It is time to take all means possible to stop obama’s surrender of Israel AND America to Muslim extremists!

m.h.green - November 21, 2012

What a silly article.Obama is doing all the right things to avoid civilian deaths in the Gaza Strip.There is no comparison with what Israel can do and what the Palestinians can.

m.h.green - November 21, 2012

What rubbish.

John Huston - November 21, 2012

President Obama has shown time and again he does not understand public relations, much less foreign relations. Obama should reafirm the United States support for Israel, then shut up. He always has to put hie two cents in and stir up the mud. Sometimes I wonder if his purpose is to strenghten the position of the muslim brotherhood, whom he supports.

J.Guidry - November 21, 2012

Yes, as the President of the United States of America, I would like to see him support Israel. However, I’m not counting on it. He has no love for Israel, which he has demonstrated many times over the years. His kowtowing to the Muslims in his first term does not bode well for what he will do, should it come to outright war in the Middle East. He was educated as a child in the Muslim cult and will act accordingly when the time comes. He will side with the Muslims and ignore whatever the will of The People of this nation happens to be. I still don’t the Jews in this country supporting him. Must have a death wish for Israel.

Fred Wilson - November 21, 2012

If the reports we are getting are even close to true, this is so one sided I don’t even see why there is even a discussion. There are times restraint is a prudent thing but this is one of those cases where you need to hunt the cowards down and shoot them in the street like feral dogs. The fact threre are so many innocent people that they hide behind does make it difficult to implement an easy solution. Why is world opinion so in favor of Hamas?

Eugene kasten - November 21, 2012

Yes, by all means.

CBW - November 21, 2012

I always supported Israel in the past, however the Jewish people in this country supported Obama. They are getting what they voted for. My days of sympathy are done.

Jim - November 21, 2012

Obama is Netanyahus worst nightmare. The messages Obama sends is the reason the Middle East is on fire. The good news however, is that Israel will not stand down and sit idly while Obama wants to pacify Hamas and the rest of the mindless terrorists he appears to support. Don’t expect Netanyahu to throw his citizens under the bus like Obama does daily in the U.S. I look for Israel to one day soon to notify Hamas, the next rocket that falls on Israeli soil will start the conflict that you so richly deserve. The end of Hamas is nearing. The big bully is going to finally be dismantled piece by piece. It would be nice to see Obama taking the same firm resolve that Netanyahu is taking, but I don’t believe Obama has the common sense needed for this problem Hamas has created.

Ladelle Cook - November 21, 2012

If I were the president I would have used our fantastic surveillance techniques to pinpoint the spot where the missels originate and ordered to have them immediately destroyed.
What a person does speaks so loud I can’t hear a word he says. “By their works ye shall know them.” That applies to everyone. Obama does not act like he is on the side of the United States.

Gilbert D. Nadeau - November 21, 2012

The Palestinian Hamas are the aggressors and Israel has the right to defend themselves. Our President orates a lot about how He and the U.S. will stand by Israel but he and the media are not supporting Israel at all. Obama is really showing his pro Muslim support.

Bill Snedden - November 21, 2012

Obama’s idea of diplomacy is the “stand down” message. How wrong can he get? The obvious favoritism towards the Muslims will haunt the USA even more. Since we have been arming Egypt and some neighboring countries for some time Why in heavens name would he NOT tell HAMAS to stand down?
My only hope is that our country (and for the sake of Isreal) can hold together until Obama no longer occupies the whitehouse. I am absolutely convinced the Obama should not have been re-elected.

Bill Snedden - November 21, 2012

All the comments say Obama should be supporting Isreal. Why does our president always think he knows better than all our people? That is pure arrogance that should be stopped… I think an empeachment movement should be started soon!

Lynn O. Cox - November 21, 2012

President Obama should be more careful in his language
concerning Israel and Hamas. A careless statement can
cost lives in the long run. Yes, he should be more supportive of Israel. He seems often to defer to Muslims.

Arlin R. Johnson, Jr. - November 21, 2012

The needed action regarding Mr. Obama is immediate impeachment. Include Holder, and all czars in that impeachment. This needs to be done before the end of December. Congress should not delay in taking this required action! If America is to continue as a Constitutional nation we need to put the Constitution front and center and void all Federal Government actions that do not reconcile with the U. S. Constitution. If that is not done I fear the end of the USA as a Christian nation founded under God will come to a bloody end at some point in time in the future.

Melvin Miller - November 21, 2012

Obama is more negative toward Israel then Jimmy Carter and I thought he was bad. I wonder what Obama really thinks about Isreal, sad.

Richie Power - November 21, 2012

Israel is our ally in the middle east. The rest of the area is muslim and they are trying to control the world. The president should support Israel in the defense of their homeland. They did not start this and they should be able to do what is necessary. Obama has never liked them but he should read what God says about Israel. If he believed in God he might would have a different opinion.

Janet Wilson - November 22, 2012

Yes he should support them. It is their country and they have a right to feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods. Obama does not support America either and I don’t know how he was re-elected.

Roswell Evans - November 22, 2012

Despite what obama says publicly, his actions show he’s against Israel. America beware, you don’t go against Gods chosen ones.

Francis Gless - November 24, 2012

As President of the United States, Obama should rise above his personal feelings and support Israel – unfortunately I don’t believe he is man enough to do so.

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