In my year and half there, South Africa looked to me like a constant miracle.
In West Bank as well as Gaza, many say Hamas defeated Israel — and with weapons, not words.
Leader must now shift domestic, international focus back to his signature security issue: Iran.
In Israeli regions near Gaza, lives have been led for years to the intermittent rhythm of rocket fire.
Military broadens its assault, striking Gaza buildings used by journalists and dimming hopes for a ceasefire.
While insisting that it does not seek war, Israel braces for a possible ground offensive as Hamas militants lob rockets into its territory, with one landing near Jerusalem for the first time since 1970.
18 Palestinians, 3 Israelis dead in fighting that could shake up reordered Middle East.
Israelis and Palestinians struggle to reckon with painful but all-too-familiar scenes of violence.
Deaths come after Israel kills Hamas leader and other Palestinians in air campaign aimed at halting rocket attacks.
The promotion of holy war worries authorities who link latest foiled bomb plot to the Syrian battlefield.