Barak Quotes Barack

President-elect Obama has been quiet, indeed mute, on the events in Gaza. Ehud Barak nevertheless invoked the President-elect’s campaign comments today:

Earlier Monday, in the face of catcalls from Arab lawmakers, Barak told a stormy Knesset session that the operation in Gaza will be “widened and deepened as necessary.”

Well, let’s hope that the President-elect hasn’t changed his mind. Come to think of it, it’s a clever gambit by Barak to make it that much more difficult for Obama to do so. It is perhaps the first serious lesson for the President-elect in the true importance of words. They do indeed matter and should not be invoked or discarded lightly, and the audience for a President or a candidate is the international community, not merely  the domestic electorate.