A key U.S. official says the 72-hour truce agreed by Israel and Hamas should hold while the two sides can negotiate a more durable ceasefire, unlike a previous 12-hour ceasefire that broke down with renewed rocket fire. Martin S. Indyk, who served until June as special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations:
It’s the package deal that Kerry has been working on for two weeks. Both sides have accepted it and the follow-on negotiations, and both sides seem to prefer that to continuing the conflict. This one should hold.