Israel and Hamas agreed to their first open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of military confrontation and will resume truce talks in Cairo in the coming days.

Though nine previous cease-fires have come and gone since Israel’s offensive against Hamas began on July 8, the latest deal was greeted in Gaza City with celebratory gunfire, street celebrations and honking car horns.

The agreement was reached just hours after Israeli warplanes destroyed one high-rise building in Gaza City and severely damaged another, marking a shift in tactics that observers said escalated pressure on Hamas. […]