Former President Obama (Democrat) said that “no one’s hands are clean” amid the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement.
“[I]“If you want to solve the problem, you have to accept the whole truth,” Obama said on the “Pod Save America” podcast. section It was posted on X Saturday, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
The former president continued: “And then you have to admit that no one’s hands are clean, and that we are all complicit to some extent.” “I look at this and think again: What could I have done during my presidency to move this forward?” As hard as I tried. “I have the scars to prove it.”
Obama condemned Hamas, but also expressed his sympathy for the innocent civilians in Gaza.
“What Hamas did was horrific and there is no justification for it. He added: “It is also true that the occupation and what is happening to the Palestinians are unbearable.”
The former president also made remarks Friday about the conflict in the Middle East as a “moral reckoning for all of us.”
“[A]“All of this is happening against the backdrop of decades of failure to achieve lasting peace for both Israelis and Palestinians,” the former president said at the Democracy Forum organized by the Obama Foundation on Friday. “A solution based on true security for Israel, recognition of its right to exist, and peace based on ending the occupation and establishing a viable state with self-determination for the Palestinian people.”
Obama continued: “Now, I will admit that it is impossible to be neutral in the face of this massacre.” “It is difficult to feel hopeful. The images of grieving families and bodies being pulled from the rubble force a moral reckoning on us all.”
The current conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas began with a Hamas attack on Israel in early October, killing more than 1,400 people. Israeli air campaigns and a recent ground offensive in response have killed more than 9,200 Palestinians, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza.
This story was updated at 4:04 p.m.
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