August 28 — second day after Israel-Hamas truce deal

PREAMBLE: Israeli and Hamas leaders hailed victory Wednesday, on the first full day of quiet after an open-ended ceasefire was signed Tuesday to end 50 days of Israel-Hamas conflict.

Strikingly, Prime Minister Netanyahu did not claim that sustained calm had been attained for Israel — the central goal of Operation Protective Edge. But he said Hamas had been badly hurt, and had accepted a ceasefire which met none of its demands — the same ceasefire Israel had always been willing to accept.

No sooner had the Israel-Hamas conflict eased, however, than Israel was grappling with the spillover of the Syrian civil war on the Golan border, where an Israeli civilian and an IDF officer were injured.

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