Thank you for that analysis. I hope it is true. Many or probably most of us in the US are weary/antagonistic/resentful of claims that military aggression lead to a reduction in terrorism. We've seen the opposite take place and doing so has taken a heavy toll on our nation. US Politicians and US News Channels will suggest otherwise because the US Defense Industry is big business. If business or expansion is the goal, not peace and prosperity, than it makes sense to claim aggression leads to peace. I very much enjoy Haaretz. It gives me the impression that the Israeli media is more open than US media, at least on US-Israel related issues. In the US it is difficult to express sophisticated views on the middle east in the US. It is getting better but it is almost a taboo subject and is filled with hyperbole, stereotypes, bigotry and politicized claims of bigotry. We want the best for Israelis here in the US. We are not naive and realize that security and intelligence are paramount to both nations. We have tired however of the "neocon policies" that US politicians tried to sell the public that suggested military force would reduce terrorism. On the contrary, it is increased it. Note also that the biggest real criticisms of Obama in the US (as opposed to the salacious ones you may hear about on US TV News networks) are the "neocon ones" initiated by the previous administration. I'm thankful that Obama gave the speech that he did and I hope that it does indeed change views. I follow Israeli opinion polls and as is true in the US, the views of politicians do not best reflect those of the public. Take care, Mark, U.S.
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Emergency sirens sound in community near Gaza border (Haaretz)