What Netanyahu and Hamas stand to lose from a cease-fire
Two aspects complicate the prospects of a truce - one has to do with the prime minister's political hurdles, the other with the mind-set of Hamas' military leader, Mohammed Deif.
On Wednesday morning, paratroopers approached a house in the village of Khizeh east of Khan Yunis. Their commander, Lt. Paz Elyahu of Kibbutz Evron, was leading his troops with his radioman, Master Sgt. Li Mat of Eilat, and a machine gunner, Master Sgt. Shahar Dauber, of Kibbutz Ginegar. When the squad approached the house, an explosive device was detonated,
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