A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:
"Three Israeli suspects in the killing of a Palestinian teenager who was abducted and burned to death last week confessed to the crime on Monday and were re-enacting the incident for authorities, an official said, as the country's leaders raced to contain a public uproar over the slaying," reported the Associated Press. The commentators sounded off: "These deaths should cause the two communities to think again about the need for a permanent peace, but the loss of four young men may not be motivation enough," said The New York Times editorial board.
"The fact that the killers of three Jewish boys have hid out for three weeks shows they have a base of support, an organization: people to keep their secret, feed them, etc. Jewish killers had nowhere to hide because there is no Jewish community that accepts this," wrote Commentary's Eugene Kontorovich.
War on the way?
"Israel and Hamas escalated their military confrontation on Tuesday, with Israel carrying out extensive air attacks in response to heavy rocket fire and authorizing a major call-up of army reserves for an extended campaign against militants in Gaza," reported The New York Times. "Israel, for its part, remains reluctant to provide Hamas with the satisfaction of a new intifada. It is bracing itself for a gradual escalation to match that of Hamas, but nothing more, for now," said Elhanan Miller at The Times of Israel. "Our advice to the Israelis is that if they want to avoid having to go to war over Gaza every three years or so, they will need to destroy Hamas as a political entity and military power. This does not need a permanent re-occupation of all of Gaza. But it will require a land campaign that destroys Hamas's ability to wage war," said The Wall Street Journal editorial board.