Israel and the Palestinians are said to be near agreement on the terms for a long-term cease-fire for Gaza. J.J. Goldberg breaks down the demands on each side.
Defeating Hamas, if militarily possible, may confer certain short-term advantages to Israel. But defeating Hamas is not going to resolve Israel’s core challenge, the question of Palestinian nationalism.
Hamas threatens not only Israel’s citizens, but also the prospect of a two-state solution. Gadi Taub explains why this war seems so necessary to many Israelis on the left.
After the missiles have stopped, after the troops have come home, even after most of the wounded are out of the hospital, Israelis will still be feeling the burden of Operation Protective Edge — this time in their pockets.
Israel faces a seemingly impossible task in Gaza: fighting militants willing to fight amid a civilian population. Amitai Etzioni explores the moral and tactical challenges.