Netanyahu Sugarcoats Going-it-alone in Gaza by Praising Obama’s 'Terrific' Support

Israel’s decision to abandon Kerry’s cease-fire efforts deprives Hamas of gains, ejects Qatar and Turkey from the game and puts the U.S in the bleachers - but may come at a steep price.

The Israeli cabinet’s decision to abandon talks on a mediated cease-fire and to unilaterally decide if and when its Gaza operations come to an end was based on its complete lack of confidence in Hamas’ will or ability to adhere to agreements and on its plan to rely on Israeli deterrence instead. The ramifications of the decision, however, spread farther and wider: it disqualifies Hamas as a partner to the process...