Okay, quick quiz.
Here are two quotes: one from the current president of the United States and one from his predecessor. Both were issued after a foreign entity fired rockets into Israel in order to murder Israelis and Israel responded with an attack of its own. Can you guess which statement comes from which president?
#1. The U.S. condemns *****’s provocative rocket attacks from ***** against Israeli citizens, and we strongly support Israel’s right to act in self-defense.
#2. I also made clear that the United States and our friends and allies are deeply concerned about the risks of further escalation and the loss of more innocent life. And that’s why we’ve indicated although we support military efforts by the Israelis to make sure that rockets are not being fired into their territory, we also have said that our understanding is the current military ground operations are designed to deal with the tunnels.
Did you guess #1 was from Donald J. Trump and #2 was from Barack H. Obama?
It wasn’t hard, was it?
Here’s the tweet from the White House this morning:
Obama’s remarks came in 2014 after Hamas launched rockets into Israel from Gaza and Israel retaliated with airstrikes and a ground attack.
One might also recall Obama shutting down flights to Israel after a Hamas rocket exploded about a mile from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced it was suspending all U.S. flights to Israel for 24 hours, then later announced it would continue the ban for another day. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted the Obama Administration, asserting:
The Obama administration is the most anti-Israel administration this government has ever had. Yesterday, we saw the FAA make an unprecedented decision to ban all air travel to the nation of Israel. And I’ve asked today the very simple question, did President Obama just unilaterally launch economic boycotts on the nation of Israel? Because John Kerry showed up in Israel, gave $47 million to Hamas in Gaza…
He added, “This decision by the FAA raises serious questions. Was this a political decision? Was it driven by the White House? Was it driven by the State Department? If it was based on airline safety, as they said, why did they single out Israel? Why not ban travel to Pakistan, or Yemen or Ukraine, where a commercial airliner just got shot down, but instead they targeted Israel. And the timing at the exact moment Kerry was there trying to strong-arm Israel into stopping their efforts to shut down Hamas’s rockets and tunnels.”
Quite a difference in presidents.