By Sunday night, no social media account tied to either man, including presidential library and foundation accounts, had commented on the attack that has left 700 Israelis (and reportedly four Americans) dead, and thousands missing and wounded.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did release a statement Sunday evening offering her prayers to ‘everyone affected by the horrific attacks by Hamas in Israel.’
The Obama Administration had an infamously rocky relationship with the US’s closest ally. President Obama himself and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were not close, and there was tension over the brokerage of the Iran nuclear deal – a passion project of Obama’s team.
Bill Clinton had a positive relationship with Israel and oversaw the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan – a formerly hostile neighbor.
Statements from the two most recent Republican Presidents – George W. Bush and Donald Trump – were issued over the weekend.
Neither former President has said a word about the brutal attack executed by Hamas terrorists over the weekend
Trump, whose administration oversaw the signing of the Abraham Accords – bilateral agreements on Arab-Israeli normalization signed by Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates – called the attacks a ‘disgrace’ and encouraged Israel to defend itself with ‘overwhelming force.’
In a Truth Social post on Saturday, Trump wrote: ‘These Hamas attacks are a disgrace and Israel has every right to defend itself with overwhelming force. Sadly, American taxpayer dollars helped fund these attacks, which many reports are saying came from the Biden Administration.’
‘We brought so much peace to the Middle East through the Abraham Accords, only to see Biden whittle it away at a far more rapid pace than anyone thought possible. Here we go again.’
He later said that, like the war between Russia and Ukraine, the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinians would not have happened were he the president.
The George W. Bush Presidential Center also issued a statement following the attack that condemned in no uncertain terms Hamas’ brutal attack.
‘We urge the United States and our allies to stand unequivocally with Israel, its government and people, and support Israel’s right to defend itself against these threats,’ read the statement.
‘Attacks on free and democratic states anywhere are attacks on all of us, whether in Israel, Ukraine, or elsewhere.’
The Carter Center, which released a statement on behalf of the fifth and final currently living former president, Jimmy Carter, 99, said: ‘Our hearts are heavy with sorrow for the tragic loss of innocent lives on all sides of the conflict. We urge all parties to prioritize the protection and well-being of civilians by refraining from actions that target residential areas.’
US President Barack Obama laughs during an official State Dinner at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem in 2013 –
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton touches the flag-draped coffin of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, after eulogizing him during his funeral ceremony at Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem, Israel in 2016
‘The Carter Center acknowledges the profound historical and religious significance this region holds for all parties involved. The fundamental human rights of all residents of the region must be protected, land claims and security concerns addressed, and the sanctity of Muslim and Christian holy sites preserved. In addition, it is crucial to recognize the complex dynamics of this situation, including the ongoing occupation.’
‘The urgency for a robust and renewed peace process has never been greater. There is not a military solution to the crisis – only a political one. We implore the international community to fulfill its responsibilities and reinvigorate a credible process that brings peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians while safeguarding the lives of all civilians.’
Hamas’ surprise attack on Saturday morning came just one day after the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Yom Kippur War, which saw Israel battle existential threats from hostile neighbors led by Egypt and Syria
Israeli soldiers and civilians fought Hamas militants on the streets of southern Israel following a barrage of 2,000 rockets sent over the border by the Palestinian terrorists, in addition to a savage ground assault.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately declared a state of war and has since promised ‘mighty vengeance’ on Israel’s attackers that will end in victory for his country.
Israeli Defense Forces have begun bombarding key Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip and have issued warnings to civilians in certain regions to leave before a wave of retaliatory attacks begin.
After the attacks Saturday morning, Hamas took dozens of Israeli civilians hostage
Fire and smoke rise above buildings in Gaza City during an Israeli air strike on October 8, 2023. Israel, reeling from the deadliest attack on its territory in half a century, formally declared war on Hamas Sunday as the Israeli death toll surged past 700 after the Palestinian militant group launched a massive surprise assault from Gaza
Israelis walk by a blown up police station in Sderot that was destroyed during a battle with Hamas militants who had overtaken the building
Israeli soldier directs armored vehicles heading towards the southern border with the Gaza strip on October 8, 2023 in Sderot, Israel. The nation is preparing a full blown counteroffensive against the terrorist organization
Israel has no choice but to meet force with force. The Middle East’s only democracy has every right to defend itself (Pictured: Gaza on Sunday)
Speaking on Saturday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a dire warning to Hamas militants: ‘I tell Hamas, you are responsible for the wellbeing of captives, Israel will settle the score with anyone who harms them.’
He promised to defeat the group, but said the war would ‘take time’, continuing: ‘What happened today has never been seen in Israel, we will take mighty vengeance for this black day.’
He vowed to reduce Gaza to ‘rubble,’ telling innocent Palestinians to leave immediately. Hamas, he said, will pay ‘a price it has never known.’
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also confirmed Sunday that several Americans – reportedly four – are believed to have been killed during the attack on Israel, and several more may have been taken hostage by Hamas terrorists.
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