If diplomacy works in this situation it will not be based on fine moral abstractions or logical dissections of who slapped whom first but in working with the sides on the ground--exactly as they are and who they are with all the dreams of glory and revenge and normality and hatred and whatever--to put a cork on it, take five, chill. To some degree the two sides, tactically speaking, have reached an equilibrium anyways: the rockets kill Israeli citizens (for exactly what purpose eludes me specifically, well call it general "resistance to occupation") only by accident since they are, even with recent improvements, toys and the Israeli artillery fire can't zero in on the squads who shoot them, except accidentally. Since Hamas-PRC can only accidentally kill the civilians they target (the good targets having gone bye-bye eastwards) and the IDF has now begun to succeed all-to-well iin accidentally killing civilians without particularly wanting to--it's a good time for everyone to step back.
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