Fri. Jun 21st, 2024

The situation in Gaza has prompted widespread international support for a cease-fire due to the devastating impact of the conflict. More than 20,000 Palestinians, including many civilians, have been killed, with homes, fuel, medicine, and food supplies in short supply. However, calls for a cease-fire are unlikely to change Israeli policy and may make the situation worse. Israeli society is united in a desire for the destruction of Hamas following a deadly attack on Oct. 7 that shattered the country’s sense of security. Under these circumstances, international calls for a cease-fire may ring hollow to Israelis. However, the international community can push for more precise use of force by Israel, increased humanitarian aid, and safe havens for Gaza’s population. A necessary conversation with Israel must also take place after the war ends.

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