Liberal comedian Bill Maher slammed former President Barack Obama on Friday over his recent remarks about the Israel-Gaza conflict.
As previously reported, during a recent event the former president labeled the war a “moral reckoning for us all,” called for Israel to end its so-called “occupation” of Gaza, and also claimed “all of us are complicit” as per the recent events in Israel/Gaza.
“What Hamas did was horrific, and there is no justification for it. And what is also true is that the occupation, and what’s happening to Palestinians, is unbearable. If you want to solve the problem, then you have to take in the whole truth. And then you have to admit nobody’s hands are clean, that all of us are complicit to some degree,” he said.
The remarks prompted massive backlash, including from conservative commentator Megyn Kelly, legal scholar Alan Dershowitz, Rep. Ted Cruz, and now Maher, who lashed out at Obama during Friday’s edition of HBO’s “Real Time.”
“I am struggling with people’s moral equivalencies, still. I mean, Barack Obama, who has rarely disappointed me, did so this week…There’s a big difference between collateral damage and what Hamas did…” pic.twitter.com/ISqNmN30rk
— Aviva Klompas (@AvivaKlompas) November 11, 2023
“I must say, I am struggling with people’s moral equivalency still. I mean, Barack Obama, who has rarely disappointed me, did so this week. His statement, I mean, it’s not a horrible statement, but he said, ‘If you want to solve the problem, then you have to take in the whole truth and then you have to admit nobody’s hands are clean,” he said.
“Literally that’s true, of course. But just giving two examples where this is I don’t think a helpful statement at this moment. First of all, the attack was only a month ago. A more savage attack that we’ve ever seen in reverse. There’s a big difference between collateral damage and what Hamas did,” Maher added.
This is a point many pro-Israel supporters have made and continue to make: Whereas Hamas purposefully targeted 1,300+ Israeli civilians for murder on Oct. 7th, Israel has “accidentally” killed an unknown number of Palestinians while targeting Hamas.
Pro-Israel supporters argue that, while unfortunate, this collateral damage must be accepted because it’s the only way to defeat Hamas given as the terrorist group likes to hide itself and its arsenal among the civilian population of Gaza.
Destroying a Hamas command center after warning all civilians in the area to get out is correct. Hamas hides behind civilians. Should this grant them immunity? If so, you have created a massive incentive for them to hide behind civilians. Many MORE civilians will die over time. https://t.co/jqcp6taDGA
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 1, 2023
“Secondly, the Israelis are now on the four-hour pause for people to get out. So people say ‘oh, wow, how big of them.’ Ok, but it is a war that the other side started! It’s so interesting. When they fired [at] Israel. It’s a war. When Israel fires back, it’s a war crime. Little crazy… Also, would Hamas do that? Would they give four-hour pauses? No, no pausing,” Maher continued.
“And then Israel’s heritage minister, was asked in an interview about using a nuke on Gaza. And he said ‘that’s one of the possibilities.’ He was fired, not allowed in the Cabinet meeting anymore, disavowed by the Prime Minister. Would that happen in reverse? So enough with the moral equivalencies, please,” he added.
During a panel discussion, the liberal comedian went on to remind the other participants that Hamas is driven by “Islamic fanaticism,” according to Fox News.
“You’re not supposed to talk about that anymore because if you do, even how realistic it is, it becomes Islamophobic. But it’s true! The people in Hamas who kill their own people think they’re doing them a favor because they’re becoming martyrs. That’s a different kind of situation to have to deal with that Israel has that most people don’t,” he said.
Appearing on Fox News a day earlier, the non-radicalized elder son of Hamas co-founder Hassan Yousef said something similar, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity that, despite assertions from the left, Hamas is not a political party but rather a religious movement waging a holy war.
“If Hamas was a political party, then we [could] apply pressure on them, bring them to the negotiating table where they can compromise. But Hamas is a religious organization. Nobody can satisfy their religious ambition because it’s a condition in their charter,” he said.
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) November 11, 2023
Dovetailing back to Maher, he also slammed 750 journalists who’d reportedly signed a letter encouraging newsrooms to start using terms like “apartheid” and “genocide” to talk about Israel’s alleged mistreatment of the Palestinians.
“They couldn’t be more pro-Hamas. They say they want the newsroom to adopt words such as ‘apartheid.’ I hear it all the time anyway, It’s wrong. And I hear ‘genocide.’ Again, wrong. Israel is not trying to commit genocide. The other side- blatantly saying we would love to commit genocide on you,” Maher said.
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