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Obama Warns Some Of Israel’s Actions In Gaza May Backfire

Some of Israel's actions in its war against Hamas, like cutting off food and water for Gaza, could “harden Palestinian attitudes for generations” and weaken international support for Israel, former U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday.

In rare comments on an active, foreign policy crisis, Obama said any Israel strategy that ignores the human costs of the war “could ultimately backfire”.

“The Israeli government’s decision to cut off food, water, and electricity to a captive population (in Gaza) threatens not only to worsen a growing humanitarian crisis; it could further harden Palestinian attitudes for generations, erode global support for Israel, play into the hands of Israel’s enemies, and undermine long-term efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region”, Obama said.

Israel has heavily bombarded Gaza with air strikes since Hamas’ Oct 7 assault on Israel left over 1,400 people dead. Israel’s air strikes have killed more than 5,000 Palestinians, Gaza officials say.

Ir was not clear whether Obama had coordinated his statement with U.S. President Joe Biden, who served as his vice president for eight years.



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