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.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's Rushdie Ali Aluf at the border between Gaza and Egypt, which is normally closed off by a security barrier, but a hole was blasted out of the barrier today, and thousands of Gazans spilled into Egypt.
The World's Lisa Mullins speaks with Gregory Levy, a former speech writer for the Israeli government and author of the book "Shut Up, I'm Talking - and other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government."