The Monitor's View A real peace for Israel, Gaza

A cease-fire in the latest war between Israel and Hamas must led to reconstruction of Gaza, controlled by moderate Palestinians in the West Bank. Israel should support an active peace, not merely a long 'quiet' in hostilities.



If peace is merely the absence of war, then peace fell upon Israel and Gaza on Wednesday. The bombs and rockets were finally back in storage. Yet the cease-fire agreement that ended this 50-day conflict was only a start. The real peace must come in the talks between Hamas and Israel expected in September.