Reality, it’s just not in the Obama wheelhouse.
Asked in Bangkok whether the Arab spring “has made matters worse,” Obama demurred.
“Let’s just remember that the exact same situation arose just a couple of years ago, before the Arab spring,” he replied, alluding to the 22-day Israeli military operation against Hamas in Dec. 2008-Jan. 2009, also prompted by escalated rocket attacks.
“So I don’t think anybody would suggest somehow that it’s unique to democratization in the region that there’s a conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. That’s been going on for several decades now.”
It’s the exact same situation, except for the part where Hamas is now much better armed and has the backing of the giant heavily armed country next door which is being run by the same movement that is running Gaza.
Last time around, Egypt cooperated with Israel on the Hamas issue. Now Egypt is cooperating with Hamas against Israel. That’s a major shift.
That picture above is of the Egyptian Prime Minister pressing flesh with the leader of Hamas. I don’t know what Obama would call that, but it’s certainly not the same situation.