Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over today and killed more than 50 Palestinians in renewed shelling, saying militants had breached the truce shortly after it began and apparently captured an Israeli soldier.
Even in the midst of the fighting it is apparent that we are moving toward the endgame.
The question is, what is the desired end-state? How will we know if we have won? Certainly following America’s lead is not an option.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said the goal of Operation Protective Edge is the demilitarization of Gaza, which Israel Defense Forces will pursue, “with or without a ceasefire.”