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July 23rd, 2014
05:36 PM ET

Could current Mideast conflict have been avoided?

(CNN) –  As the bloody battles pushed up death tolls on both sides, world powers held a flurry of diplomatic meetings Wednesday aimed at halting the fighting in Gaza.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as well as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, while several Middle Eastern nations worked to try to win Hamas' agreement for an Egyptian-led cease-fire.

If this on-again, off-again diplomacy all sounds terribly familiar, that's because it is.
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