Morning Brief: Ceasefire ends
Top Story A six-month ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza ended today. Three Qassam rockets were fired into Israel on Friday morning, following nine on Thursday. An Israeli government source told Haaretz, “if Hamas doesn’t come to its senses and calm the situation, there will be no choice other than an Israeli military response.” ...
A six-month ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza ended today. Three Qassam rockets were fired into Israel on Friday morning, following nine on Thursday. An Israeli government source told Haaretz, “if Hamas doesn’t come to its senses and calm the situation, there will be no choice other than an Israeli military response.”
In fact, neither side had completely followed through on the terms of the ceasefire, with Israel blocking shipments of food into Gaza and Palestinian rocket attacks continuing throughout the truce. However, Ethan Bronner of the New York Times believes that while the truce was fundamentally flawed, “given each side’s refusal to acknowledge the other’s legitimacy, another such accord of winks and nods seems the likely outcome of any coming negotiations.”
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Joshua Keating is a former associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating
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