Israeli soldiers take care of their weapons and dust a Merkava tank, while patrolling near the Israel Gaza border August 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
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In Israel, dissent against the war in Gaza is bitterly quashed.More than 1,960 Palestinians were killed and 64 Israeli soldiers died fighting what some see as an unwinnable war.And yet the only significant protest in Israel so far saw thousands late Thursday demand an end to Hamas rocket attacks, dissatisfied with the status quo after ground troops pulled out and a cease-fire was extended. Israeli public opinion has overwhelmingly supported the war. A poll carried out by The Israel Democracy Institute last month said 95 percent of Israeli Jews believed the offensive was just. In Israel, as in most countries during time of war, the local media have been patriotic champions of the offensive, uniting behind their boys on the frontline, sending them presents, highlighting the suffering of Israeli citizens and downplaying suffering on the other side.Even Israelis who back peace talks feel helpless.
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