Lacking a Gaza Exit Strategy, Israel Risks Being Dragged Harshly In

During this round of fighting with Hamas, Israel finds itself with no reliable or relevant party to mediate a ceasefire.

When the decision was made to launch Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, the security cabinet did not set any diplomatic objectives for it. Beyond trying to stop the rocket fire by military means, it isn’t clear if the Netanyahu government wants to simply restore the status quo and gain a few more months of quiet, or to fashion a new diplomatic reality regarding Gaza for the morning after.