Yglesias points us to Peretz chest-thumping analysis of  Gaza:

Message: do not fuck with the Jews.

Trash-talking from across an ocean. That'll show em Marty. It's wrong but I've almost--almost--stopped reading about anything dealing with the Israel-Palestinian beef. It just feels like nothing changes. I've never understood why anyone in their right mind would accept us as an honest broker, given our declared allegiances. But more than that, I wonder why it's incumbent on us to broker at all. Lately, our judgment hasn't exactly been the greatest either.