Benjamin Netanyahu’s gray face at 2 A.M. on Wednesday morning said it all. Not that he had expected to be in bed. It was the second day of a major escalation in Gaza, rockets had fallen hours ago on Tel Aviv.
But this wasn’t anything like the many nights he has spent in meetings with security chiefs. He had been called out for a token show of leadership in Lod, the city next to Ben-Gurion Airport, just 10 minutes away from Tel Aviv, which for the second night running had descended into chaos as gangs of Arab residents took to the streets.