Clinton to press Israel on Gaza as children suffer

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Psychologists and aid officials expressed concern about the long-term impact of the offensive, warning that it could persuade more young people to turn to terrorism.

“One thing we’ll have to be very aware of is how these children engage politically in the future,” Mr. Clements said. “Certainly, I hope these children can be helped to confront these experiences so they can become a productive part of the Gaza life.”

But when 6-year-old Aseel of the Rosary School was asked whether he could see a future peace with Israelis, he responded with a determined, “No.” When asked why not, he said, “That’s just how it is. They’re afraid of us, but we’re not afraid of them.”

Joshua Mitnick contributed to this report from Tel Aviv.

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