Days of struggling to broker a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip finally came to fruition for the US overnight, when a 72-hour ceasefire went into effect. It came crashing down just 90 minutes later, when Israeli and Hamas forces clashed in a tunnel.
US officials are throwing there hands up at this point, saying they spent what little leverage they had coaxing Israel into the last ceasefire, and with Israel blaming Hamas for the violation, and for potentially capturing one of their soldiers, there isn’t much chance of getting another one.
Obama was quick to blame Hamas as well, saying Israel couldn’t trust a ceasefire if their soldiers were killed and captured during it, even though the soldiers in question were in the process of attacking a Hamas tunnel at the time.
Where this leaves the ceasefire process itself is unclear, as Egypt says their invitation for talks remains in place. The Israeli government seems keen to escalate the war once again, forever, so the talks are probably once again on hold.
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