Humanitarian concerns are mounting as government forces bear down on rebel areas.
Officials have pledged to rebuild the coastal enclave.
In Northern Ireland, he 'failed' 700 times but ultimately secured a deal in 1998 after decades of hatred and violence.
On Thursday he named George Mitchell as a special envoy, and he has already signaled that the US will reengage the region.
Readers write about the US recovering its spiritual health along with its economic health, the need for US presidents to defend our rights as well as our land, and reports that Israel has used white phosphorus against Gaza.
Polls show Benjamin Netanyahu likely to be next prime minister as Israelis vote on Feb. 10.
Hamas may not be able to prevent other factions from attacking Israel, analysts say.