Strikes against Hamas in Gaza began on December 27th, and continue today. Planning for airstrikes has been in the works for some time, as a "cease-fire" between Hamas and Israel that has been pockmarked with rocket attacks has come to a violent end. A ground-offensive by Israel is not unlikely at this point, with Israel PM Ehud Barak characterizing the situation as "all-out war" with Hamas.
Unfortunately, these attacks-which will do nothing to ensure Israel's long-term security or foster stability in the region-are a continuing sign of the deficiency of American policy towards Israel. Via Foreign Policy Watch, Marc Lynch and Daniel Levy tell us what we should be doing.