The leaders of Hamas know they can't defeat Israel militarily — but that's not their goal. The Islamic militant group appears to be moving away from governing the Gaza Strip and getting back to the its roots: active "resistance" against Israel.
Children make up a big part of the population in places like Syria and Gaza, where hundreds have been killed in the fighting so far. For many of them, they have barely known a life without death or conflict.
After the swift collapse of a 72-hour ceasefire plan and the reported capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants, people in the Gaza Strip are looking at the prospect of entering their fifth week under a deadly military offensive with no end in sight.
In the heart of the West Bank, Israelis have started building a settlement. The area is where three Israeli teenagers were killed — allegedly by Hamas — back in June. While the settlers say this is a peaceful occupation, it may prove to be a roadblock during peace talks.
Fighting in the the Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya has reduced many areas to rubble. The BBC's Lyse Doucet tells PRI's The World that residents can't find shelter, despite Israeli assurances to the contrary.
The Israel Defense Forces are unmatched in the Middle East. But seven more of its soldiers died in fighting on Monday, bringing the total to 25 Israelis killed since ground operations began last Thursday. That's because Hamas is better on the battlefield than before.