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  •  I would say that's more happenstance (8+ / 0-)

    Obama and Bush are pretty much equal on Israel when it comes down to Israel's military actions. The Obama team's rhetoric is a bit less friendly than Bush's, although that's mainly because Sharon and Olmert were to the left of Netanyahu.

    The main reason for the lower number of deaths under Obama is that Israel's Operation Cast Lead in December 2008 crushed Hamas into submission after Hamas had broken a prior ceasefire by firing an onslaught of rockets into Israel. Cast Lead resulted in a near-total drop in violence. Hamas even admitted to this:

    "The current situation required a stoppage of rockets. After the war, the fighters needed a break and the people needed a break."

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