More than two weeks into the latest round of fighting in Gaza neither Israel nor Hamas, the militant Islamic group that controls the territory, have shown any sign of backing off from the confrontation. So far, more than 800 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed, as well as more than 30 soldiers and at least two civilians on the Israeli side. Yet despite the ferocious fighting, the combatants appear no closer to declaring victory than when the conflict began. Instead, it's become increasingly clear the war is devolving into a military stalemate. It's equally clear that the only way to break it is through a diplomatic and political settlement that doesn't involve a return to the pre-war status quo.