Hamas soldiers have infiltrated Israel four times since the latest conflict began. Evidence of still functioning tunnels indicates Israel's Gaza offensive isn't close to being over.
Behind Gulf States' opposition to Iran's nuclear program is fear that after decades of international isolation and US animosity, Iran could be coming in from the cold.
Palestinian protests are growing in the West Bank, with many seeing more hope in Hamas's resistance model than in PA President Abbas's negotiations with Israel.
Hamas fighters are using weapons and tactics not seen in the 2009 war that mimic those of the more powerful militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The suspension of nearly all foreign flights to Israel came after a rocket landed near Ben Gurion Airport, possibly giving Hamas leverage in any negotiated end to the conflict.
Twenty-eight soldiers have been killed just four days into the Gaza ground incursion – almost triple the number killed in Israel's last Gaza campaign.
Israel's insistence that its military offensive in Gaza is justified by the threat from Hamas may be undercut by the weekend's spike in civilian deaths and graphic scenes of suffering.
For years, Israel has considered rocket fire from Gaza to be the largest security threat. But now the Jewish state is more worried about what's going on below.
While Hamas has built an extensive network of underground tunnels and bunkers since 2009, it hasn't built infrastructure for protecting civilians.
The Israeli prime minister and Palestinian Authority president have both argued for restraint – and are paying the price.
If I wanted to get my friend his gift, I needed negotiation skills.
Hamas faced a choice between a cease-fire that met almost none of its conditions or rejection that gave Israel diplomatic cover for further escalation.
Israeli and Palestinian parents living under fire struggle to answer their children's questions about why the rockets and air strikes are back after a two-year hiatus.
Hamas's popularity is soaring with every rocket launch, but some Palestinians say they are bringing destruction upon Gaza for their own political interests.
Rioting erupted last week in East Jerusalem over the murder of a Palestinian teenager. Local leaders who used to discipline angry youth are struggling to be heard.
The visit showcased shared humanity, but also the difficulties of reconciliation in the current environment.
Hamas rockets have become more accurate and powerful, reaching well into Israel's economic and population centers. But Israel's Iron Dome defense system has so far been able to deflect them.
Israel launched airstrikes on militants' homes and called up 40,000 reservists amid a dramatic increase in rockets from Gaza, for which Hamas claimed responsibility.
The dramatic rise is likely to put significant pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to heed calls for an all-out offensive against the Islamist movement.
Israeli police have detained six Jewish suspects in the killing of Muhammed Abu Khudeir after some of the worst street unrest in a decade erupted in East Jerusalem.