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July 23, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Two Democratic senators joined Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) today in insisting that President Obama not force any cease-fire in the Middle East that leaves Israel in danger of rocket attacks.

Graham, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) wrote to Obama that “the threats posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels whose only purpose is to kill and kidnap Israelis are intolerable, and Israel must be allowed to take any actions necessary to remove those threats.”

Obama dispatched Secretary of State John Kerry, who met today with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to forge a cease-fire agreement.

The senators wanted to impress upon Obama their “strong belief that any viable cease fire in Gaza must remove the threat to Israel posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels.”

“Any cease fire should create a situation in which Israeli citizens no longer face the threat of brazen terrorist attacks,” they wrote. “Israeli citizens have faced over 1800 rocket launches from Hamas since June. While Iron Dome has saved countless lives, over five million Israelis live in fear of incoming rockets fired indiscriminately from Gaza. Twenty-eight tunnels have been discovered by the IDF since the ground operation in Gaza began. Israel has an absolute right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel.”

“…Any effort to broker a ceasefire agreement that does not eliminate those threats cannot be sustained in the long run and will leave Israel vulnerable to future attacks.”

Schumer, Graham and Cardin stressed to Obama that Israel “has taken great pains to avoid unnecessary civilian casualties.”

“The IDF has used text messages, leaflet drops, phone calls, and other methods to clear out areas before attacks. The same cannot be said about Hamas. Their rockets have only one purpose: to kill as many innocent Israelis as possible. At the same time, they use their own civilians as human shields by placing missile launchers next to schools, hospitals, mosques, and private homes. The Hamas interior ministry has called on Gaza residents to ignore IDF warnings to get out of harm’s way,” they continued.

“The human toll in this crisis is tragic. Both Palestinian and Israeli civilians are dying because of the distorted priorities of the leaders of a terrorist organization whose primary goal is to destroy Israel. We must do everything possible to ensure they do not succeed.”

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said today that “obviously our top priority is getting a ceasefire and achieving a ceasefire.”

“What the contours of that ceasefire will look like, I’m obviously not going to outline. But longer term, the issue of rocket fire does need to be addressed. We’re very serious about that. Again, how that looks like, what that looks like, I’m not going to get into the details of that either,” Harf said.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Barack Hussein Obama does not want a cease fire. He wants Hamas to continue firing rockets; and his brethren in Paris, London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Minneapolis, Miami, etc to keep on stoking a fire of violence that covers Iran whilst they build a bomb. It is a distraction of epic proportions. Each day Iranians inch 24 hours closer to achieving the goal Obama was put in place to coax across the finish line.
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Every rocket from Gaza is a war crime; the response: crickets.
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Just remember: You can keep your country if you like your country.
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funny how B.O is more concerned about protecting the war mongering Hamas in Gaza than he is in the Christians in Iraq that are being forced to move, convert or die.

Now that is a humanitarian crisis.
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Holy cow, is that Senator Ben Cardin from Maryland? Useless, know-nothing, lazy lackey for MD Senate President Mike Miller? Serial mis-understanding of my letters and thanking me for my support? That Ben Cardin? Who would have thought?
BTW, telling this to Obama is a useless gesture. He could care less what goes on in the Middle East or who gets killed or why. Obama most likely just found out that Kerry was in the Middle East and asked Valery Jarrett, "Why?"
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Really, the only thing that is going to clean up Gaza is if you line up every man, woman and child there, and have them either convert on the spot to Christianity or Judaism, or die. Probably most would choose to die, and that would be just fine, thank you. The rest would only be happy and peaceful the rest of their lives. What a horrible result, right?
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Something tells me Netanyahu will not stop until Israel believes they've rooted out all of those tunnels. I hope he politely told Lurch to piss off.

And when did Schumer get so reasonable?

Does Israel not possess ground penetrating radar so they can see those tunnels as they are being built? All it takes is a few well placed penetration bombs with a few nano-seconds of delay to screw up Hama's day.

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Harf and Psaki. Two mindless drone sock-puppets.

They make me as sick to watch as Carney did.

Young and dumb as a bag of hammers, both.

Please, bring some adults into the room in 2017.
13 weeks ago
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I often wonder if either one took a history class
12 weeks ago
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I saw Psaki on The Kelly Files. Megyn cut her up pretty good - then thanked her for having the gumption to come on. I doubt Psaki will repeat that mistake.

13 weeks ago
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Barack Hussein Obama does not want a cease fire. He wants Hamas to continue firing rockets; and his brethren in Paris, London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Minneapolis, Miami, etc to keep on stoking a fire of violence that covers Iran whilst they build a bomb. It is a distraction of epic proportions. Each day Iranians inch 24 hours closer to achieving the goal Obama was put in place to coax across the finish line.
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Quite honestly I'm not sure I do either. Any agreement that requires Hamas to stop firing rockets would doubtless make some concessions to Hamas, and wouldn't be worth the paper it was written on and probably wouldn't last until the proverbial ink was dry. Let Israel finish the job. When all the rockets and the rocketeers have been destroyed and all the tunnels likewise, then Israel will get a ceasefire and can expect some peace -- for a while anyway.
12 weeks ago
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Every rocket from Gaza is a war crime; the response: crickets.
13 weeks ago
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Just remember: You can keep your country if you like your country.
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Oh ok obummer, I think that if you'll have your state department deal with the rockets in the longer term, someone should sit outside the white house firing mortars at it all day and then when you try to stop them you shall be hog tied and told to stop fighting back but that the mortar fire will stop later... Eventually.... Maybe.... If we feel like it.
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“What the contours of that ceasefire will look like, I’m obviously not going to outline. But longer term, the issue of rocket fire does need to be addressed."

What a load of crap.

You want a ceasefire but don't know what the " contours" of it will look like?
I can't imagine a more stupid thing to say in this situation.

“…Any effort to broker a ceasefire agreement that does not eliminate those threats cannot be sustained in the long run and will leave Israel vulnerable to future attacks.”

Anyone who has been paying attention to Obama's treatment of Israel would have a hard time concluding that this is not precisely the reason Obama so badly wants a ceasefire.
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