Peace feels further than ever at six months of Israel-Hamas war

May 21, 2024

"Maybe in many years peace will be possible, but not right now," he said next to burned-out homes. Though the war is being fought in Gaza, violence in the West Bank involving Israeli forces, settlers and armed Palestinian militants -- already rising before the war -- has spiked to levels unseen in two decades. Charbit, the political scientist, said the scale of the war and the international community's concern have provided a new opening for the sides to make peace. Israeli Hila Fenlon, whose Netiv Haasara community nearly touches the northern border with Gaza, said she feels peace will one day be possible. But in her community, which was hit hard in the opening moments of the attack, it also feels far off.