As Day Breaks Over a Fragile Gaza Truce, Israeli Businesses Are Left in the Dark

Business owners in the South know the state will compensate them for their losses, but fear the help they may get will be too little, and much too late.

Residents of the south woke on Thursday to the first day of a fragile truce between Israel and Hamas. Schools within 40 kilometers of Gaza were still shut, on orders from the Home Front Command, and several false rocket alerts sounded in the morning. But as the day wore on, the region began coming back to life: Roads, cafes and malls filled up.

Nevertheless, one concern was on everyone's lips: How...