Only three civilian fatalities to date, but a climate of fear pervades Israel's southern communities.
The Islamist militants in Gaza may emerge as a symbol of defiance, much as Hezbollah did in its 2006 war with Israel.
We must stop lecturing – and start helping.
Both sides are maneuvering for another ceasefire, and Israeli troops are not likely to invade the Gaza strip, say analysts.
Israelis and Palestinians both face heated political contests that are adding to the volatility between Israel and Hamas after a six-month cease-fire broke down last week.
A six-month truce with Hamas ends Friday. Violence between Israel and Gaza militants has flared in recent days.
John McCain leads Barack Obama by 12 percent in one Israeli poll, a reflection of security concerns.
On Thursday in Egypt, Israeli President Shimon Peres backed the 'spirit' of a Saudi proposal that offers Arab recognition of Israel.