Analysis A Cease-fire That Could Have Come Earlier

Netanyahu and Barak will find it difficult to explain why the right moment for a cease-fire was missed – before the last and sharpest memory of the week of Operation Pillar of Defense became the memory of the bus on Shaul Hamelekh Street.

A few minutes before noon, an Israel Defense Forces major general was talking on the phone to friends about the situation in Gaza and the possibility that...