Israel’s attacks on Gaza continue, with another Hamas leader killed and mounting concern about civilian suffering (1, 2, 3, 4). Efforts in the Arab world to blame Egypt for the conflict continue to gain ground (5, 6, 7). Raghida Dergham argues that Israel and Hamas need to be saved from their own errors and Roula Khalaf calls for a new Palestinian peace strategy, while Yossi Alpher says Israel has no strategic options (8, 10, 11). Patrick Seale says the war is “political insanity” for Israel, and Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed asks how Hamas can claim to be surprised at Israel’s behavior (9, 12).

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