More than a week has passed since a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect. Both sides should continue talks to prevent a new flareup of violence. Egypt, which successfully mediated the ceasefire, the United States, which persuaded Israel to accept Egypt’s mediation efforts, and the rest of the international community should spare no efforts to ensure that the ceasefire becomes permanent.

In recent months, rocket attacks from Gaza rained downed up Israel. To strike a direct blow against Hamas, the political authority of the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Force assassinated Ahmed Jabari, Hamas’ top military commander, in Gaza on Nov. 14. The violence escalated with rockets fired from Gaza reaching Tel Aviv and even Jerusalem. Israeli retaliated by carrying out airstrikes on Gaza targets.

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