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Obama: Gaza Crisis Poses More Damage to Mideast Peace Efforts

US President Barack Obama speaks during a media conference in Bangkok, Thailand, November 18, 2012.
US President Barack Obama speaks during a media conference in Bangkok, Thailand, November 18, 2012.
President Barack Obama says he continues to work to achieve a negotiated solution to the crisis between Israel, and Hamas in Gaza.

Before the president arrived in Southeast Asia, White House officials said he was working the phones with leaders in the region in search of a solution to end Hamas rocket attacks on Israel.

During a news conference in the Thai capital, he was asked if an Israeli military ground operation into Gaza would constitute an escalation of the crisis.

The president summarized his message to leaders like President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

"My message to all of them was that Israel had every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory," he said. "If that can be accomplished, without a ramping up of military activity in Gaza, that is preferable. That is not just preferable for the people of Gaza, it is also preferable for Israelis, because if Israeli troops are in Gaza they are much more at risk of incurring fatalities or being wounded."

The president, and members of his foreign policy team, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who is with the president in Asia, are also talking with Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his advisers.

In his remarks in Bangkok, Obama said he wants to see what progress can be made in coming days.  

The president expanded on what he says he told the Egyptian and Turkish leaders.

"Those who champion the cause of the Palestinians should recognize that if we see a further escalation of the situation in Gaza, then the likelihood of us getting back on any kind of peace track that leads to a two-state solution is going to be pushed back way into the future," said Obama.

Obama said if regional leaders are serious about wanting to resolve the situation and create a genuine Israeli-Palestinian peace process, in his words, "it starts with no more missiles being fired into Israel's territory" creating the space to deal with longstanding conflicts.

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by: fantastika from: Virginia
November 18, 2012 1:42 PM
Gee, Obama, ya think?

Do you believe this guy? Isrealis shouldn't be in Gaza because they might be wounded or killed?

Well, since the madmen are firing missiles into Isreal from Gaza, then to stop the madmen you have to go into Gaza and kill them.

A lot different than threatening Coca-cola back in your community organziing days, Obama? You knew that Coca-Cola would always back down.
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by: Poboy
November 23, 2012 7:16 AM
* This comment brought to you by someone who never served in his nations armed forces and has only seen war through Arnold Schwartzenegger.

by: kamil
November 18, 2012 12:17 PM
no missiles against Israel but against Gaza it's OK. they are being bullied and they even should not response. it's shame to live in Israel and be part of this barbarism. its sad that Obama's going on with that lame

by: r.v.ramani from: hyderabad
November 18, 2012 11:43 AM
If similar decision was taken by US Government in earlier decades in case of Pakistan India and also the World would have been free from all kinds of terrorism. Most of the arms and ammunition used by terrorists are manufactured either by USA or China. China, however is not bothered about world terrorism. At least USA should have thought of it

by: Thooj Ying
November 18, 2012 11:41 AM
President Barack Obama has said very clear and very fair, if Palestinian needs peace with Israel,stopped to fire it's missiles to Israel and no more to be Iran's chase dogs(terrorist)
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