In a series of brief blog posts, researchers of the PRIO Middle East Centre offer their reflections on the unfolding Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

The proposition for cessation of violence in the suddenly exploded Israeli-Palestinian conflict appears so natural and necessary that the lack of any progress in its advancement after ten days of rocket salvoes and air strikes may appear shocking – unless we take a closer look at the stakes of key external influencers.

They issue plenty of statements on the urgency in ending deadly hostilities, but are all perfectly aware that the sharp escalation of the old conflict answers the seemingly clashing but in fact remarkably compatible political interests of the defiant Hamas leadership and struggling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


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