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Saturday Jul 26, 2014
  More of the same? Or some kind of cease fire that holds?   We may be winding down. Hamas and its allies are firing fewer missiles. They may be pacing themselves toward the end of their supply. While there have been a few suicide bombers directed against Israeli soldiers, there are also Increasing numbers of Hamas fighters surrendering. This picture suggests that not all of Gaza's young men aspire to be martyrs.   ​   The...
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Wednesday Jul 23, 2014
 Once again we're seeing that it's easier to begin a war than to end one.   A brief conversation with a neighbor whose career was in the Defense Ministry reached agreement that "Shit" pretty well summarizes things.   I'm far from inner circles, but my sifting of commentary indicates that people making decisions (political and military) have changed their initial aims in response to Hamas actions and the problems apparent...
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Tuesday Jul 22, 2014
  This is not a happy time, but there may be cause for optimism. Protective Edge is still an operation, but may be on its way to a war.   Hourly and half-hourly news programs begin with the names of the most recent soldiers who have died, plus the times and locations of their burials. We hear comments from friends and family members, describing promising young men, their academic or professional accomplishments, and their dedication to...
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Sunday Jul 20, 2014
  Israel was ready to accept a cease fire after a week of destroying enough of Hamas' assets from the air. At the time, the death toll was less than 50.   Israel is still ready to accept a cease fire, while suffering its own casualties from the ground assault, numbered as I write at five soldiers killed and about 30 injured, two civilian deaths and a number injured. The Palestinian death toll is climbing toward 400, and the physical...
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Saturday Jul 19, 2014
  A ground operation has begun, spurred by the penetration into Israel of 13 Hamas fighters from a tunnel dug under the border, which followed several days of media discussion about the danger to Israel of numerous tunnels that have defied years of efforts to locate them before they are used.   The timing of Israel's ground attack may also have been helped by the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. For Israel, this offered...
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