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With cease-fire in place, difficult talks lie ahead for Israel, Hamas
With cease-fire in place, difficult talks lie ahead for Israel, Hamas

An agreement bringing a long-term halt to hostilities between Israel and Hamas may be only the first step in stopping what has been the longest, deadliest and most destructive of three wars the two sides have fought in the last six years in the Gaza Strip. The two sides reached agreement Tuesday on the open-ended cease-fire, but highly contentious talks lie ahead, and the disputes reflect the vast gulf between Israel and the militant group Hamas, whose charter does not recognize Israel’s right to exist. Substantive negotiations are to begin within a month, but the broader aims of the two sides appear difficult to reconcile. With word of the Egyptian-brokered truce, thousands of...

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