Diplomatic Dash

In Gaza, hurried new attempts to solve a very old conflict

Israel has ended operation Winter Storm, pulling its troops out of the Gaza Strip after five bloody days and more than 100 deaths, but the real blizzard is yet to come. Condoleeza Rice is in the Middle East trying to revive U.S.-sponsored peace negotiations, but Hamas is still lobbing rockets into Israel, Fatah is refusing to talk to Israel, and Israel is preparing for war.

The situation looks grim, which is unsurprising because this situation usually looks grim, except when it looks promising, which is inevitably followed by its looking grim again. The terrorist group Hamas, which doesn't want peace, has...

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