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Day 50 of Operation Protective Edge

PREAMBLE: Israel’s war against Hamas enters its 50th day, amid all kinds of reports about unofficial truce negotiations, apparently based on an Egyptian proposal for a one-month timeout.

Truce talk or not, Hamas fired over 100 rockets and mortars into Israel on Monday, and Israel struck Hamas and other targets in Gaza.

The relentless attacks on Israel’s south have seen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval ratings plummet. Those attacks also led the family of Daniel Tragerman, 4, killed by a mortar shell on Friday, to say that they will not return to their kibbutz, Nahal Oz.

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