The Search for an Israel-Hamas Mediator

Reports of a possibly Egypt-brokered mediation to end the Gaza crisis abound, but with Hamas and Israel focused on strikes and rockets, diplomacy doesn't really stand a chance.

The back-channel dialogue between Hamas and Israel that has been going on over the past few days is perhaps more important than the exchanges of fire between them. Although on the Israeli side, we are talking out loud about punishing Hamas, about eliminating the "the terror infrastructure" and about "going to the very end," what is missing from the discourse are calls to eliminate the Hamas...