In all, Hamas and other militant groups fired over 4,300 rockets into Israel, indiscriminately launching the projectiles at Israeli cities from densely populated civilian areas in Gaza. Coverage in the American media over the past week has been criticized for being too superficial and imbalanced. The complex issues have often been reduced to comparing casualty counts on both sides. Twelve people in Israel, including a 5-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, have been killed in the rocket fire, and hundreds more have been injured. Gaza’s health ministry says 232 Palestinians, including more than 66 children, have been killed by Israeli strikes. But, according to the IDF, more than 120 of those killed were members of Hamas, and over 25 were members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. And, the IDF has said some of the civilian fatalities in Gaza were the result of the terror groups’ own rockets falling short and exploding in Gaza.
Shortly after news of the ceasefire broke, US President Joe Biden made a brief public address in which he promised to replenish Israel's Iron Dome system, and to help Gaza rebuild under the leadership of the Palestinian Authority—not Hamas. "We will do this in full partnership with the Palestinian Authority, not Hamas, the PA, in a manner that does not permit Hamas to restock its military arsenal," Biden said. Many European diplomats have visited Israel in the last week to demonstrate their continuing support for the Jewish State, including Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek, Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok, and German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass. On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi briefed over 70 foreign ambassadors and diplomatic representatives on the situation in Israel. In the briefing, documentation was presented showing IDF attacks in Gaza, as well as the location of missile and rocket stockpiles, terrorist buildings, terrorist command centers, and terrorist infrastructure.