Fear, loathing and frustration in Tel Aviv, with small slivers of hope
'Shall the sword devour you forever?' Abner asked Joab in the second book of Samuel; in Israel this week, the answer was an emphatic yes.
1. The thing that struck me almost immediately when I arrived in Israel ten days ago was the palpable sense of despondence. Friends, relatives and colleagues, as far as I could tell, were more depressed than ever. And this was before the ridiculously named Operation Protective Edge had gotten under way, before things went from bad to worse and from there to bloody awful.