Blasts in Gaza and in Israel as the conflict moves steadily toward all-out war:
Sharon Galili, a lawyer who has 3-year-old twins and a 5-year-old, drove to his office in Ashdod but after 90 minutes and four or five rocket alerts, sent his staff home and returned to his family in the nearby village of Aseret.
“The children are terrified,” he said. “Every noise they hear — a truck or motorcycle — they ask if there is an alert. You feel their fear. We are not right-wing or left-wing; we just want quiet. The situation is surrealistic, but that is the reality we live in.”
There are no warning sirens here in the Gaza Strip, where the wee hours of Sunday were punctuated by airstrikes as well as a series of missiles fired from Israeli Navy vessels off the coast.
Who is in charge? The question of leadership among Arab states will be tested and also critical to a peaceful resolution of the problem in a new lineup of regional heads of state. And maybe, as Daniel Kurtzer argues, this is the time for the US to step up and push the peace process once again.