Endgame for Israel and Hamas - but what comes next?
Despite the cease-fire, it is likely, indeed inevitable, that there will be similar confrontations between Israel and Hamas in the future. Israel needs to learn the lessons of the recent conflict and act on the diplomatic front before the situation deteriorates even further.
From the start of the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas, there was a certain inevitability to the end game. Israel has administered a significant, even devastating, blow to Hamas' military capabilities. Hamas has remained intact organizationally. And Hamas' hold over Gaza has been strengthened as a result of Arab solidarity. In this respect, it is not too early to draw some lessons from the