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.
In the last decade, Tel Aviv has been spared much of the rockets and sirens that are common for Israelis in the south and north. It escaped the worst violence of the second intifada last decade as well. But in recent days the bubble has been challenged by Hamas’ upgraded arsenal.
In Israel, there's a sense that the war with Hamas seems to be over, with both sides taking stock of what happened over the past month. One topic of debate in Israel surrounds the military's controversial Hannibal Doctrine.
A 3-day ceasefire in the Gaza Strip ended early Friday. Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel, and Israel retaliated with air strikes. War fatigue is growing but neither side appears ready to give ground.
The situation in Gaza is open-ended, with only the Israelis knowing when they will have achieved their objectives and end their ground invasion. But, regardless, the current situation presents the best opportunity in years for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to assert himself.
The World's Aaron Schachter reports on former President Jimmy Carter's controversial decision to meet with Hamas leaders during his visit to the Middle East this week; Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by both the US and Israeli governments.
A six-month ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, expired last Friday, and not coincidentally, violence is on the rise. Hamas has fired mortars and rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel.