srael and the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Wednesday agreed to a cease-fire, which took effect at 9 p.m. local time. The deal, brokered by the United States and Egypt, ended eight days of fighting across Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, though analysts warned that the truce could easily unravel in the coming days. "This is a critical moment for the region," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who had been dispatched to Israel by President Obama when it became clear that the fighting could spiral out of control. Clinton said the U.S. would continue to work "with our partners across the region to consolidate this progress, improve conditions for the people of Gaza, provide security for the people of Israel." She also thanked Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who reportedly played a critical role in finalizing the cease-fire, saying Egypt had assumed the "leadership that has long made this country a cornerstone of regional stability and peace." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured) welcomed the cease-fire, though he reserved the right for Israel to re-commence hostilities if it proves necessary.
- 4 secret societies you probably don't know about
- Did God have a wife?
- How to stick it to the poor: A congressional strategy
- 10 things you need to know today: December 9, 2013
- Watch SNL delightfully mess with all your childhood Christmas favorites
- Homeland recap: 'Big Man in Tehran'
- Rick Santorum wins the prize for the worst Nelson Mandela tribute
- The emerging budget deal is a small victory for Republicans
- Which professions have the most psychopaths?
- 7 strange things found in people's stomachs [Updated]
Subscribe to the Week