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Israel's major incursion in the West Bank is over. Did it solve anything?

By Isabel Kershner

05 Jul 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. The Israeli military has completed a 48-hour operation in the West Bank city of Jenin, aimed at curbing attacks by armed Palestinians. The operation, one of the largest in many years, included airstrikes and resulted in the death of 12 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier.

JERUSALEM — Before 8 a.m. Wednesday, the Israeli military said it had finished its incursion into the West Bank city of Jenin, aimed at curbing attacks on Israelis by armed Palestinians. Barely five hours later, about 25 miles away, shots fired from a car with Palestinian plates hit an Israeli police vehicle, causing damage but no casualties.

The 48-hour military operation was one of the largest in many years against armed militant groups in the occupied West Bank, including deadly airstrikes not seen in the area for about two decades. But few Israelis or Palestinians harbored any illusions, saying that before long, the groups that lost weapons and people to the incursion would rebuild and the troops would be back.

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