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Despite the Cease-Fire, Gaza Remains Primed for Another War

MIN READMay 20, 2021 | 21:13 GMT

Smoke billows above buildings following an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on May 20, 2021.

(MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images)

Israel and Gaza militants may have agreed to end their latest flare-up, but without a political solution to the greater Palestinian-Israeli conflict, grassroots violence and miscalculations by factions on both sides could still escalate into another war. On May 20, Israel and Gazan militants approved a cease-fire ending over a week of fighting after a military escalation erupted on May 10. The latest flare-up saw unrest in the West Bank and Jewish-Arab communities in Israel, as grassroots anger spread beyond the more traditional conflict zone along the Gaza-Israeli border. But as Gaza and Israel return to an unstable detente, anchored by a mutual desire to avoid an expensive conflict and held together by aid-for-peace arrangement, the underlying social drivers of another war are already in play....

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