One of the reasons for the timing of the Israeli attack on Hamas, apparently, was concern the incoming Obama administration would be less sympathetic to Israel than President Bush's. Last summer, however, Barack Obama, after touring the Israeli town of Sderot, which has borne a large share of the 6464 rockets launched by Hamas in Gaza in thanks to Israel for turning it over to them three years ago, declared: "If someone were sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I would do anything to stop it."
That seems unequivocal. With the viscerally hated President Bush soon to be out of the picture, it will be interesting to see if some critics of Israel (those who believe in her right to exist, at least) are willing to reconsider their views on whether or not she should be allowed to defend herself when attacked. After all, President-Elect Obama seems to think so. So does the United Nations.