Former President Barrack Obama called on all Americans to acknowledge that “all of us are complicit to some degree” in the ongoing “occupation” of Palestine by the Israeli government during a recent appearance on the Pod Save America podcast.
“If there is any chance of us being able to act, constructively to do so, it will require an admission of complexity,” the former president said of the political situation in the Palestinian territories. He then stated that solutions will require global citizens to hold ideas that “may seem contradictory,” noting that “what Hamas did was horrific.”
The former president then raised eyebrows by stating that “the occupation” led by the Israeli government is untenable, adding that “what’s happening to the Palestinians is unbearable.”
Obama then noted that instances of antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment are rising while also noting that innocent civilians in Palestine are dying. “We can go on for awhile,” the former president said before addressing the issue of “social media activism.”
“And the problem with social media and ‘Tik Tok activism’ and trying to debate this on that, is you can’t speak the truth. You can pretend to speak the truth, you can speak one side of the truth, and in some cases you can try to maintain your moral innocence. But that won’t solve the problem,” he continued. “So if you want to solve the problem, then you have to take in the whole truth. And you then have to admit, nobody’s hands are clean. That, all of us are complicit to some degree.”