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So it is with eruptions in the Arab-Israeli, and particularly the Palestinian-Israeli, conflict. Since the establishment of the state of Israel in May 1948, there have been the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, the Suez war of 1956, the Six-Day war of June 1967, the War of Attrition of 1969-1970, the October 1973 war, the 1978 invasion of southern Lebanon, the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, the first intifada of 1989, the second intifada of 2000, the 2006 Lebanon war, and the 2008 Gaza war, repeated in 2012 and 2014 . All Hamas got was a conditional reopening of crossing points with Israel and Egypt.Israel sought but failed to liquidate Hamas' military capability. Over the course of 50 days – much longer than the Israelis would have preferred – each side suffered significant civilian losses.According to the U.N.'s Gaza situation report, there were 2,104 people killed, of which some 70 percent were civilians, including 495 children and 253 women.However, Israel, despite its overwhelming military superiority, did not emerge unscathed. While only 70 Israelis (nearly all soldiers) were killed, the country suffered significant psychological shock. On the one hand, the White House and State Department lamented the excesses of the Israeli military assault; on the other, Washington continued to supply Israel with arms and stood ready to defend it against possible indictment by the International Criminal Court for war crimes.
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