Speaking in Thailand Sunday, President Obama defended Israel‘s counter-assault on Hamas in the Gaza Strip by saying, “There’s no country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.” More from MSNBC:
“Let’s understand what the precipitating event here that’s causing the current crisis and that was an ever-escalating number of missiles that were landing not just in Israeli territory but in areas that are populated, and there’s no country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders,” Obama said at press conference in Thailand at the start of a three-nation tour in Asia.
“So we are fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself from missiles landing on people’s homes and workplaces and potentially killing civilians.”
“Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory.”
That is a very interesting thing to say at a time when the U.S. is regularly raining missiles down on Pakistan and Yemen.