The Israeli army has made the headlines frequently in recent weeks but today the world has other things on its news agenda. The speculation is now on how, when and with what Obama is going to save the world.
He could start by taking a look inside Gaza. The ceasefire there has allowed the world back in to see the damage from three weeks fighting, and it is extensive. The aid agencies have been among the first to return and they are desperately pouring food and vital supplies through a few entry points under Israeli control. This is one of the most densely-populated places on earth, but now it looks uninhabitable. Rebuilding the infrastructure destroyed in 21 days will cost nearly two billion dollars according to some estimates. The UN says 53 of its aid establishments were either destroyed or damaged in the conflict. Some 60,000 people have been made homeless. Hamas has popped out of the rubble to wave flags and organise demonstrations , but at the moment the clear-up is keeping people busy, and some mutter the destruction is Hamas’s fault so they will not be supporting them.