Take Two for November 19, 2012

What will motivate Israel and Palestine to stop the fighting?



A Palestinian woman mourns after an Israeli air strike destroyed her house in the town of Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip, on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed 13 Palestinians on November 19, hiking the Gaza death toll to 91 as global efforts to broker a truce to end the worst violence in four years gathered pace.

The exchange of fire between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip is now into its sixth day. For the moment, the fighting shows no signs of abating.

Ten more Palestinians were reportedly killed in Israeli air strikes today, bringing the death toll to almost 90 killed, including 20 children. So far the Israelis have launched over 1,300 air strikes into Gaza. 

Hamas fighters, on the other hand, have launched hundreds of rockets into Israel, killing three Israelis and wounding almost 60. Over the weekend, both sides sent diplomats to Cairo, Egypt to attempt to negotiate a truce.

But what will motivate them to actually stop the fighting?

Natan Sachs, a fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, joins the show to discuss.

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