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An Israeli soldier gestures from atop a tank after crossing the border back into Israel, August 5, 2014. Israel pulled its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

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Five Points from a Brookings Event on the Israel-Hamas Conflict in Gaza

August 7, 2014, Fred Dews and Elina Saxena

“We saw how the conflict exploded and yet even though the status quo is obviously unsustainable, we are headed back to the status quo, and that is the pathology of this conflict, the chronic nature of it that makes this whole situation even more depressing,” explained Martin Indyk, vice president and director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, at an event earlier this week on the policy options and regional implications of the recent round of violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Get event highlights and video here.

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