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For President-elect Obama, the mantra remains “one president at a time.”

Iraqi cleric Ayatollah
Ali al-Sistani has weighed in
to urge everyone to fight against Israel.
Juan Cole asks a good question.

Top Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called for decisive action
by Arab and Muslim states for an end to Israeli attacks on Gaza.

“Condemning what is going on in Gaza and supporting our brothers only
with words is meaningless, considering the big tragedy they are facing,”
Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani said, in a statement released by his office in
Najaf.

“Arab and Islamic nations need to take a decisive stance, now more than
ever, to end these ongoing aggressions and to break the unjust siege imposed
on the brave people of Gaza,” the Ayatollah said.

Haaretz reports
Senior Islamic Jihad commander killed in Israeli strike on Gaza.

Hamas threatens
to assassinate
Livni and Ehud Barak (video at link).

It’s “all
out war”
:

“This operation will be extended and deepened as we find necessary.
Our goal is to strike Hamas and stop the attacks on Israel. Hamas controls
Gaza and is responsible for everything happening there and for all attacks
carried out from within the Strip. The goals of this operation are to stop
Hamas from attacking our citizens and soldiers,” said Barak.

Israeli operation long
in planning
. One goal is to have no comparison with the Lebanon war, which left Israel weaker.

Livni and other Israeli officials have spoken openly of wishing to topple
Hamas since the Islamist movement took over from the western-backed, Fatah-dominated
Palestinian Authority (PA) in June 2007. But this may be something less ambitious.
“The realistic objective of any military operation is not the ousting
of Hamas, but rather … undermining its military effectiveness and weakening
its rule,” is the view of Yediot Aharonot analyst Alex Fishman.

To add… Steve Clemons has a guest post up that is a must read, though the views are not necessarily those of TM.com: View From a Palestinian Leader: Palestine’s Guernica and the Myths of Israeli Victimhood.

Needless to say, the Israeli attack on Hamas is the main news of the day, but feel free to add stories you’re reading, as well as other reactions to what’s going on between Israel and Hamas.