The week began in a military conflict, ended with a political conflict, and had a truce in-between.
The clash between Hamas and Israel ended with an Egyptian brokered cease-fire. While Palestinians in Gaza celebrated, those in the West Bank pondered the future of relations with Israel and with Hamas. Meanwhile, deaths continued to mount in Syria where there has been no letup in the fighting. On Wednesday, President Morsi decreed new powers for himself, sparking protests in several cities in Egypt.
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