Another Round of Israel-Gaza Fighting Is Over and Nothing Will Change Soon

Any chance for change depends on further activism by the Arab Israelis – and maybe even a fifth election, with the vote for Netanyahu’s Likud taking its latest hit

Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer

When the cease-fire finally arrived on August 26, 2014, after 51 days of fighting, with 2,300 dead and much of Gaza in ruins, there was a feeling that things couldn’t go back to what they had been before.

Surely, a solution had to be reached for the beleaguered coastal strip and its 2 million inhabitants. Israel and Egypt, the blockading neighbors, would have to change their policies, the Palestinians must find it in themselves to bridge their own divides, a diplomatic process must begin again. And if the local players couldn’t do it alone, the world would have to make them do so.

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