I haven’t written about the current crisis between Israel and Hamas yet because most of what I have to say is a rehash of previous posts from similar skirmishes.
The usual suspects say the usual things, and there’s the usual false claim that a dead Palestinian child was killed by Israel when in fact he was killed by Hamas.
But consider this: the very low casualty rate among Israelis from the thousands of rockets that have rained down on them from Gaza is largely due to the fact that Israel has provided its citizens with shelters to save their lives. In Gaza, by horrific contrast, the Hamas leadership has deliberately exposed its citizens to attack by siting its rocket arsenals among them in order to maximise the number of civilian men, women and children who will be killed.
I wrote about that phenomenon before, here.
Obama has at least paid lip service to Israel’s right to defend itself. But I don’t think Israelis are under any illusions that they have a friend in this president.