ASHKELON, Israel — Finally, the sirens had fallen silent.
Now, the skies were as calm as the nearby sea, and people said they were glad for the respite.
Instead, many Israelis said that the military should have carried on pounding Hamas for another week or two.
The shared dissatisfaction throughout the country signaled Israelis’ growing impatience with what they see as hastily arranged, unconditional cease-fires.
Each successive, inconclusive round of conflict has only added to the sense of futility, with no decisive victory or conclusion in sight.
Israel —, gingerly
ASHKELON, Israel, Ashkelon, Gaza