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Palestinians wave national flags at al-Aqsa mosque complex in Jerusalem Palestinians wave national flags at al-Aqsa mosque complex in Jerusalem, May 21, 2021 (AP photo by Mahmoud Illean).

Another Israel-Hamas War Leaves Root Causes Unaddressed

Monday, May 24, 2021

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Israel and Hamas ended their latest round of fighting with a minimalist cease-fire, referred to in the lexicon of their long-standing conflict as “quiet for quiet.” Though the rocket fire and air strikes have come to a halt for now, there was no broader or deeper agreement, no promise to keep the peace for any particular length of time and no steps taken to address the conflict’s triggers or root causes. ...

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