If the airplanes used on 9/11 to attack us had fallen in, say, Bayonne, NJ and Falls Church, VA, the US response may have been calmer than our full scale invasion of two countries.
That is because, even though people killed in a city or in the countryside are equally dead, the destruction of financial and/or political centers is symbolic and generates stronger emotions.
Yesterday Tel Aviv was under attack for the first time since the first Gulf War.
Just a little while ago air raid sirens went off in Jerusalem.
Think of the anger in the US when the WTC fell and the Pentagon was attacked. Imagine that level of anger among Israelis and their leaders with their economic, political, and religious centers under attack.
If you pray, please pray for peace. This is beginning to look like it could be much worse than anything we have seen in Israel, Egypt, Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon and Syria in quite a while.