It is true that Israel is isolated internationally and it's well-deserved. Any decision Israeli leaders make is for their own selfish interests and has absolutely nothing to do with engaging the Palestinian people to resolve this ever festering conflict. I am glad both sides have calmed down. But Israelis are not backing down because they give a damn about the Palestinians in Gaza. And it is not in Hamas' interest to continue along a belligerent path either. Whatever happens in September will be symbolical. What is important to keep in mind is that Palestinians are taking matters into their own hands - whether Israel or the US like it or not! And it's about damn time!
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