The choice now is to risk abandoning a decade of military and civilian investment, or to capitalise on it.
Conflict reporting has always been the most dangerous branch of journalism - but in the changing political landscape of recent years, has it become even more so?
There must be a limit, though, to how long bombs, bullets, and barbed wire can contain Gaza.
Reporting from Tel Aviv and Ramallah as the latest rash of violence began to sweep Israel, Jason Cowley finds a nation implacably set on a course of war . . . and increasingly disconnected from the world.
Phoebe Greenwood in Gaza reflects on the recent violence.
Israeli spokesman Mark Regev tells the NS that "a nuclear-armed Iran is something we will not accept".
Proportionality is not the same thing as symmetry. Israel must counter the developing threat from Hamas.
The country needs to remember that self-defence is not the same as smart defence.
A chilling article by Gilad Sharon, son of the former Israeli prime minister, in the Jerusalem Post.
Arab and Muslim nations condemn Israel but remain mute in the face of ongoing ethnic cleansing in Sudan.
Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says Gaza conflict is "to do with Iran" after not realising he was still on air.
Hamas military commander killed as Israel launches new Gaza offensive.
The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
When workers are given a clear choice, they choose the man who fights for them.
These are the places most of us will never see. We do not know these landscapes and we cannot visit them.
The president seems like a nice sort of guy, really.
Viewed from Britain, often through the prism of scornful media, the US Republican Party can seem a paranoid, fanatical sect. That jaundiced representation makes it hard to understand how the presidential contest could have been even remotely competitive.
A second chance.
Angela Merkel on Britain leaving the EU.
The killings of Abraham Lincoln, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and John F Kennedy all seemed world-changing events. But is assassination anything other than an act of petty vanity?
It would be a mistake to regard the result as a sweeping endorsement of the Obama presidency.
After the best part of a year at the frantic centre of a national campaign, Ohio is tired to the bone.
There is relief – and pride – about the US election result in Labour ranks.
With whites now accounting for only 72 per cent of the electorate, the party's election strategy is bust.
Including, how the Democrats have won the popular vote in five of the last six elections.
From Elizabeth Warren and memes, to glum Fox News pundits and Paul Ryan's biceps.
The Republican candidate was gracious at the end, but couldn't help looking a bit sad at his defeat.
The US president owes his victory to his political machine, not his campaign strategy.
"I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests."