Via Instapundit, from the New York Times: Obama Defers to Bush, for Now, on Gaza Crisis
Why would Obama do this? What could be more important than … oh yes, how quickly we forget — George W. Bush is still President. In my entire lifetime, I have never seen the press so anxious for a President-Elect to take office. It’s just incredible.
Fortunately we already know Barack Obama’s position regarding the Hamas rocket attacks on Sderot and other Israeli towns and settlements bordering Gaza:
“I don’t think any country would find it acceptable to have missiles raining down on its citizens,” said Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, during a visit to the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Wednesday.
Sderot has been plagued by rockets fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza.
“If someone was sending rockets on my house where my daughters were sleeping at night, I would do everything to stop it,” added the US senator from Illinois, who spoke in front of book shelves filled with mangled Kassam rockets that had been fired into the area.
“And I encourage Israel to do the same.”(emphasis added)
John Bolton and others have warned that Israel will undertake aggressive military action before Barack Obama is sworn in. But what is the advantage in Israel attacking Hamas now instead of Iran, since — unless he has changed his mind — Barack Obama apparently supports Israeli military action to stop the Hamas rocket attacks?
Or does Israel have something else bigger in mind, now that the world’s attention is being diverted to Gaza?