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After 8 days of violence, a chance to draw breath in Gaza and Israel

An Israeli soldier, left, hugs a comrade, center, to congratulate him for his birthday at a staging area in southern Israel near the Gaza Strip border on Nov. 22, 2012. A cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers took effect Wednesday night, bringing an end to eight days of the fiercest fighting in years.
An Israeli soldier, left, hugs a comrade, center, to congratulate him for his birthday at a staging area in southern Israel near the Gaza Strip border on Nov. 22, 2012. A cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers took effect Wednesday night, bringing an end to eight days of the fiercest fighting in years.Lefteris Pitarakis / AP