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Smoke and fire rise during an explosion from an Israeli strike in Gaza City Nov. 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations by militants to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. 2012 was a year of storms, of raging winds and rising waters, but also broader turbulence that strained our moorings. Old enmities and grievances resurfaced in the Middle East, clouding the legacy of the 2011 Arab spring. And Israeli and Palestinian civilians suffered through another escalation of the conflict in Gaza. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)