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Israel might have won; Hamas certainly lost | The Times of Israel

August 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Hamas lost. Whether or not Israel “won” — by which I mean attaining the “sustained calm” for its people that was the limited goal of the war — will be determined by the negotiations now taking place in Cairo, or the failure of those negotiations. But Hamas certainly lost. Three weeks ago, with its rocket capacity largely intact, its fighting forces completely intact, the tunnel network it had spent seven years building intact, and most of the Gaza it claims to represent intact, it rejected an unconditional ceasefire which Israel accepted and instead issued a long list of arrogant preconditions.

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Israelis are not conflicted. The world is very angry with Israel. It holds Israel primarily accountable for the devastation in Gaza. It thinks Israel used disproportionate force in Gaza. Some previously friendly-ish countries want to stop selling arms to Israel, and thus to deny Israel the capacity to protect itself. There will be attempts at war crimes prosecutions, nasty UN resolutions, UN investigations, violent demonstrations, boycotts, embargoes, anti-Semitism — you name it. Now, maybe all the critics are right. But for what its worth, Israelis most of the way across the spectrum, though concerned about the international consequences, honestly aren’t too conflicted. They are not insensitive to the terrible death toll and devastation in Gaza; they just know that Israel didn’t provoke it, and believe Israel’s leaders and armed forces tried to minimize it, in a war Israel didn’t want but couldn’t avoid

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