4:25 P.M. U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking in Thailand, says he firmly supports Israel’s right to protect itself, but that it would be “preferable” to avoid a ground invasion in Gaza: “Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired onto its territory. If that can be accomplished without the ramping up of military activity in Gaza – that’s preferable. That’s not just preferable for the people of Gaza. It’s also preferable for Israelis, because if Israeli troops are in Gaza, they’re much more at risk of fatalities or being wounded. We’re going to have to see what kind of progress we can make in the next 24, 36, 48 hours”.
He might have meant diplomatic progress, but it’s pretty clear that Israel can do whatever the fuck they want and it’s “our” war.