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Deals don't reflect or determine long-term policy. Nothing will change until Israel and Washington are held fully accountable. They're responsible for decades of crimes of war and against humanity. 

Day of reckoning time is nowhere in sight. Resolution won't happen until it arrives.

Haaretz discussed "behind the scenes" (decision-making to) "accept Gaza truce." Top ministers disagreed. Barak wanted conflict ended. "Lieberman demanded a ground invasion." Netanyahu "vacillated."

Discussions continued for days. They and other hardliners thought Egypt "align(ed) with Hamas and tr(ied) to provide it with achievements."

Barak set the record straight. Ceasefire wording means nothing, he said. 

"Israel's power of deterrence would be tested by the reality on the ground."

"A day after the cease-fire, no one will remember what is written in that draft. The only thing that will be tested is the blow Hamas suffered."

"We can put off the Egyptian proposal and go for a precarious ground incursion of Gaza, but at the end of the day, we may end up with the same exact result."

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Haaretz editors headlined "It's all connected." They side with Israel's war machine. They know better but don't show it. They support what they should condemn.

Palestinian self-defense is called "terrorism." They urge Gaza residents to "get rid of the Hamas government." At the same time, they know it long ago proved "unrealistic."

Separate West Bank and Gaza authority doesn't "guarantee quiet and stability, or surrender and political obedience from the Palestinians."

To its credit, Haaretz advocates diplomacy and peace over force. At the same time, vital issues are ignored.

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Hamas is Palestine's legitimate government. It's not a terrorist organization. Nor is Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, or other resistance groups. Palestinian sovereignty exists. Israel's occupation is illegal. 

It bears full responsibility for aggressive wars. It's guilty of crimes of war and against humanity that follow. They're longstanding. They've been ongoing since before 1948.

Palestinians are human beings. Their rights matter as much as Jewish ones. Israel denies them. Conflict will persist until that ends. 

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