Front Burner

The ceasefire debate

Protests around the world have called for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. What would that look like, and why is it being rejected?
A person holding a sign that reads, 'Israelis for ceasefire now,' reacts while being embraced.
An Israeli woman calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip is comforted by another protester after an argument with a right-wing Israeli in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. (Bernat Armangue/The Associated Press)

Demonstrators around the world are calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war, as the destruction and death toll in Gaza continues to climb. Meanwhile, some of Israel's allies, including the United States and Canada, want 'humanitarian pauses' in the fighting.

Jonathan Guyer, senior foreign policy writer at Vox, explains the difference, and why the calls for a ceasefire are being rejected.

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