Reuters Copyright: ReutersPresident Biden’s speech was written to connect personally with the grief and shock being felt by ordinary Israelis. He said he’d asked Mr Netanyahu to allow aid through to Gaza from Egypt. We were waiting most of the afternoon in the Tel Aviv hotel basement where the leaders held talks, including a session involving the Israeli emergency war cabinet. And remember, all of this is still taking place before Israel has launched its expected ground assault, with troops amassed on the Gaza perimeter. President Biden sounded a warning to Israel not to be “consumed by rage” but to observe the “laws of war”.