Analysis || A cease-fire that could have come earlier
Netanyahu and Barak will find it difficult to explain why the right moment for a cease-fire was missed – before the last and sharpest memory of the week of Operation Pillar of Defense became the memory of the bus on Shaul Hamelekh Street.
A few minutes before noon, an Israel Defense Forces major general was talking on the phone to friends about the situation in Gaza and the possibility that the government, debating a cease-fire agreement whose conditions were disappointing its more bellicose members, might prefer to send Southern Command battalions and brigades into a ground incursion.
As he spoke, through the windows of his office...
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