Team Obama is more pragmatic and less ideological than its predecessors, say diplomats and campaign advisers. Afghanistan will be a foreign-policy priority.
Readers write about Israel's reaction to rocket attacks from Gaza.
The conflict in the Gaza Strip is already having an impact on the political landscape in Israel ahead of parliamentary polls in February.
The Jewish ethical tradition means embracing Palestinians, too.
Israel may consider a 48-hour cease-fire with Hamas, but threatened a ground invasion if militant rockets didn't stop during a temporary truce.
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