Two gruesome ironies tell you all you need to know about the Gaza war, which appeared to finally grind to a halt this week with an open-ended ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas. The first is that the terror group rejected a similar, Egypt-brokered ceasefire as far back as July 15. The second is that Hamas carefully choreographed a “victory” celebration in Gaza on Tuesday night, which took place amid the ruins of an area in which 2,000 people have been killed and half a million rendered homeless. Hamas has thrown its people to the wolves and broken ceasefire after ceasefire for virtually no gain. Around two thirds of its arsenal of rockets has been used up or wiped out, and over 30 tunnels destroyed, while the ceasefire acceded to none of its demands. For many Israelis, little of this is any comfort. The Islamic movement remains, and its military capabilities can eventually be rebuilt. Israel must therefore start looking at better ways to neutralise Hamas, which seeks out war at every turn.