How Should the United States Respond to Conflict in Gaza?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. (Christopher Furlong/Getty)

The "optics," as they say, could be better. Overnight, more died in Gaza as Israel continued its air strikes. In response, Hamas has launched fewer rockets — but some have hit southern Israeli towns.

More than 90 Palestinians and three Israelis have died since Wednesday — and as we mentioned earlier they include nine members of a Gaza family apparently killed by mistake. President Obama is on the other side of the world, spreading his message about the power of democracy in Myanmar. It shines a light on the increasing emphasis the White House is placing on this part of the world.

And for some it is stretching the limits of the president's approach to foreign policy during his first term, what the White House calls the "light footprint" strategy.

David Sanger is chief Washington correspondent for our partner The New York Times.


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Comments [3]

Ed from Larchmont

Apparently the U.S. Administration is trying to get Israel to not invade, while publicly acknowledging that 'Israel has the right to defend itself'. Which side is the U.S. on?

Nov. 20 2012 05:50 AM
Raphael from Oregon

Your coverage today of the israel-Hamas conflict was unbalanced by having several commentators, including a Hamas spokesperson, but no Israeli or a representative of the Israeli government. Also, no mention was made of the 800 rockets fired into Israeli civilian areas from Gaza in 2012 before this latest escalation. If you want to have credibility you need to have balance and context rather than being a cheerleader for one side. I'll be letting Oregon Public Broadcasting which just started carrying your show know about this and encourage them to reconsider.

Nov. 19 2012 09:27 PM

Who needs "optics" when the sycophantic media is there to give the President a pass while he leads from behind regarding national security, diplomacy and the financial crash of the US economy.
He tricked enough people into voting for him with the help of the media and then essentially goes on vacation.
His cabinet is in a dangerous state of flux and the economy is headed for steep recession and he puts Burma at the top of his to-do list while a dutiful media nods in agreement.

Nov. 19 2012 10:04 AM

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