Eli Manning, the New York Giants’ quarterback, says that he would “never, ever” want to live in a country that has such a horrible history.
In an interview with the New Yorker published Wednesday, Manning told the magazine that he believes his country would be better off if “people didn’t have to go through what we’ve been through.”
The comments came after Manning told NBC’s “Today” show that he is unsure if he would ever want to be in a war-torn country, but said that he does not see it that way.
“I’m just not in a position where I can imagine living [in a] place like that again,” Manning said.
“I don’t think there is any way to put it in a more general terms.”
While there is little doubt that many of the problems with the U.S. and its international obligations are related to the U:Israel conflict, Manning has made it clear that he has no plans to be part of the conflict.
“It would be so hard for me to imagine being in a situation where I’m part of a situation that is not in favor of us,” Manning told “Today.”
“If you’re part of an occupation, it’s not something you can envision living in.
It’s not going to happen.”
However, he said that in order for him to be happy in a future conflict, he would have to live with the fear of a potential war in the Middle East.
“We’ve got a lot of different situations in the world,” Manning continued.
“And I don’t know if there’s going to be any peace between the Israelis and Palestinians in a very long time.
I can’t envision that happening.
And if that’s the case, I don-t know if I’d want to stay there.”