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It seems that prospects for a full-scale Israeli ground attack are now looking much more likely while those of a cease-fire have been diminished almost to vanishing point. Any cessation in the violence would appear to be a forlorn hope at the moment, the supposition being that things have to become far worse before they can get any better. Or just return to some barely tolerable level, waiting as the spring winds up once again to get the next round in this unending contest under way.

Then it may be time to think about breaking that spring entirely or, at the very least, finding some method that can wind it back down even as it is being wound up. – ‘ for those of us with better things to do.’