Meantime, White House spokesman notes that "these people (Hamas) are nothing but thugs." Very helpful, especially from a White House that has been oblivious to the collective punishment and starvation that has been imposed by Israel upon Gazans. Of course, Israel has a right to defend itself, and firing rockets into the Negev requires a response, but indiscriminate attacks on Gaza will have at least three effects:
--Palestinian solidarity around Hamas will increase.
--Mahmoud 'Abbas will be further discredited.
Gideon Levy maintains his sanity: The neighborhood bully strikes again - Haaretz - Israel News
The Guardian offers a reminder that the Israeli occupation of Gaza ended only in form, not in fact.