Gaza Strip Update: Situation Disheartening

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
According to Reuters News Services, Obama has said that he will make peace in the Middle East a priority. The report stated that, "In Washington, U.S. President-elect Barack Obama said in broadcast remarks he would begin the search for Middle East peace immediately on becoming president and the Gaza conflict underscored his determination to become involved early."

Mr. S., writing from inside the Gaza Strip, said, "I hope to God to help correct [cystic] fibrosis patients because I am in contact with [cystic] fibrosis patients who now live in a real tragedy..." We, no matter who we support (if anyone) in this conflict, most assuredly hope for the same thing, for it affects us as well, even if not on these terms.

In Israel, Mr. Shapiro, the founder of Concerned Friends of Cystic Fibrosis and a father of a CFer, told me that he has been contacted by "A social worker in a hospital near Tel Aviv, asking [him] for assistance in relocating some CF families from areas that are being targeted with missiles."

So we can hope that President-Elect Obama can work with the regional leadership in the Middle East to end the current conflict in the Gaza Strip and stop the rockets. He has his work cut out for him. I will be doing a more in-depth post on my hopes for the Obama administration next week, but that's enough for now.