This morning I recorded this conversation with Lowy Institute Middle East expert Anthony Bubalo about the escalation of Israel's military operations against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. As the NY Times reports, after ten days of air operations against Hamas, Israel has overnight launched a ground operation.

Anthony talks about the operational as well as political objectives of the operation, and about how it could ultimately end. He says both sides are aiming towards a cessation of hostilities, and that the military conflict is a struggle to set the terms of that cessation.

If you want more of Anthony's thinking on the crisis, see his post from Tuesday, which argues that 'things will not be the same after this conflict...The status quo will have shifted again slightly towards a future that is growing slowly bleaker for both sides.'