Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a two-stage plan to halt the fighting in the Gaza Strip that would first impose a weeklong truce starting Sunday, an official involved in the negotiations said on Friday.
This Policy Forum explored the military implications of the Israel-Hamas conflict as well as the likely political winners and losers.
37 Palestinians were killed by Israeli shelling and airstrikes across the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, bringing the Palestinian death toll on the 17th day of the offensive to 734, with more than 4,000 injured.
The United States, alarmed by escalating civilian bloodshed in an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, took a direct role in efforts to secure a ceasefire on Monday, as the Palestinian death toll jumped to more than 500.
"Nearly 300 Palestinians have died in the conflict between Hamas and Israel as both sides trade rockets and the blame. But who supports Hamas? Ziad Asali discusses."--MSNBC
The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) yesterday held a policy briefing at the National Press Club in Washington on "Israeli-Palestinian War in a New Regional Landscape." The event was sponsored by ATFP Board Member Ameen Estaiteyeh.