Former President Barrack Obama just tried to claim that "all of us are complicit to some degree" in the current Israel-Palestine conflict.
But, as we will see, The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) is not letting Obama get away with this.
Obama made the claim on Saturday, during an appearance on Pod Save America, a podcast that is run by some of Obama's former staffers.
There, Obama spoke about the Israel-Palestine conflict and about how it might be resolved.
The former president said:
If there’s any chance of us being able to act constructively, to do something, it will require an admission of complexity. And, maintaining what on the surface may seem contradictory ideas — that what Hamas did was horrific, and there’s no justification for it; and what is also true is that the occupation [sic] and what’s happening to Palestinians is unbearable.
At this point, Obama received applause from some members of the audience. Obama then attempted to provide some more context about the conflict.
But, in conclusion, Obama said, "So, if you want to solve the problem, you have to take in the whole truth, and you then have to admit nobody’s hands are clean, that all of us are complicit to some degree.
Suffice it to say that many disagree with this statement, including the RJC.
RJC CEO Matt Brooks has put out a response to Obama, writing, "At a time when morality, international law, and the welfare of our chief ally in the Middle East all demand that we stand with Israel, full stop, Barack Obama says it’s complicated. It’s not.
Brooks then provides Obama with a reminder about Hamas.
"Hamas attacks civilians; Hamas takes hostages; Hamas uses Gazans as human shields; Hamas steals humanitarian supplies; Hamas builds terrorism tunnels instead of bomb shelters, or schools, or houses. Hamas is to blame for the current war," Brooks writes.
He continues, "The US should be fully behind Israel as it seeks to end Hamas’s capability to harm Israelis and Gazans alike. But instead, when Israel faces a barbaric attack from Hamas, Obama blames Israel."
Brooks concluded his statement by placing the blame for the Israel-Palestine conflict where many would argue it belongs.
It is Barack Obama who is complicit in the death and suffering over the last month in Israel and in Gaza. His policies and those of President Joe Biden put billions of dollars into Iranian coffers, money used to fund and train Hamas and other terrorist groups whose stated goals are the destruction of Israel and the annihilation of Jews. Obama’s attempt to dilute his own culpability in this situation doesn’t change the facts.