A Clinton - Lieberman meeting wouldn't yield anything. So it is sound that Gates takes a "diplomatic" role vias a vis Barak. Israel's security concerns are a large part of what hinders Israelis to demand peace, like they did in the past. This is the first reasonable step Obama has taken. However, to do so in the midst of a continental Arab insurrection doesn't take timing into account. The dust is up everywhere. Sound decisions don't come from such times, but I wish I were wrong.
from the article: Barak: Israel holds Hamas responsible for Gaza rocket fire