Comedian Bill Maher said he’s “disappointed” in former President Barack Obama after comments the ex-commander-in-chief made about Israel and the current crisis in the Middle East.
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Maher accused Obama and others of backing a “moral equivalency,” and called the erstwhile president’s comments unhelpful, differentiating Hamas’ terroristic carnage from anything Israel has perpetuated.
During a conversation on Pod Save America, Obama recently said “all of us are complicit” in the increased violence in the Middle East, as Fox News reported.
“What Hamas did was horrific, and there is no justification for it,” Obama said. “And what is also true is that the occupation, and what’s happening to Palestinians, is unbearable.”
He continued, “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.”
Maher made it clear he wasn’t a fan of this framing.
“I must say, I am struggling with people’s moral equivalency still,” Maher told “Real Time” panelists Jordan Peterson and Pamela Paul. “I mean, Barack Obama, who has rarely disappointed me, did so this week.”
Maher said Obama’s proclamation wasn’t “horrible,” but isn’t a “helpful statement at this moment.”
Maher said Hamas’ Oct. 7 terror attack was “only a month ago” and is “more savage” than anything we’ve seen “in reverse.”
The “Real Time” host also said there’s a “big difference between collateral damage and what Hamas did.” And he didn’t stop there.
Maher highlighted Israel’s pauses for civilian evacuations, noting this act is notable considering it’s a war Hamas started.
He pondered whether Hamas would give any such pausing to carnage if roles were reversed, noting he doesn’t believe they would show the same restraint.
“When they fired [at] Israel. It’s a war,” Maher said. “When Israel fires back, it’s a war crime. Little crazy.”
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