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Last night the United Nations Security Council issued a Presidential Statement (less than a Resolution) demanding an immediate Gaza ceasefire.

Hamas kept firing missiles, and Israel now is responding. Israel has rejected a ceasefire that does not include security guarantees.

A devastating critique of John Kerry’s botched ceasefire attempt, from left-wing Israeli author Ari Shavit:

If Israel is forced to ultimately undertake an expanded ground operation in which dozens of young Israelis and hundreds of Palestinian civilians could lose their lives, it would be appropriate to name the offensive after the person who caused it: John Kerry. But if the escalation does not happen, instead we should remember that those who prevented it are three people the Obama administration loathes: Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, Benjamin Netanyahu and Moshe Ya’alon.

There was an explosion at Shifa Hospital (used by Hamas as a safe haven) which immediately was blamed on Israel, but now appears likely to have been a Hamas rocket misfire.

We will update as the day goes on.

CBS News apparently wanted to show fires burning in Gaza, but instead showed lights shining in Tel Aviv:

As in prior conflicts, the “civilian” death toll is overstated:


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