There’s more traumatic breaking news this afternoon, believe it or not: Israel has sent ground troops into Gaza. It’s not clear at this point whether the invasion is a limited operation aimed at closing off infiltration tunnels between Gaza and Israel, or a full-fledged reoccupation, or something in-between. But the possibility of major civilian casualities was heightened by the fact that it comes immediately after a five-hour “humanitarian truce” that sent much of the population of Gaza into the streets to conduct essential business. Hamas resumed firing rockets into Israel the moment the truce expired, and there are now heavy Israeli airstrikes accompanying the infantry action.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.