Day 35 of Operation Protective Edge

PREAMBLE: As we enter Day 35 of Operation Protective Edge, a planned 72-hour ceasefire has just come into effect. If it is still holding in the morning, Israel is set to send its delegation back to Cairo for indirect talks on a longer-term arrangement.

However, the sides are far, far apart, with Israel determined not to reward Hamas for using force against it, and conditioning rehabilitation and eased access for Gaza on the demilitarizing of the Strip; Hamas is adamant that it will not give up its arms.

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