August 10, 2014
ALL THAT'S LEFT IS ACCEPTING THE LIFTING OF THE BLOCKADE:
How Hamas Beat Israel in Gaza (RONEN BERGMAN, AUG. 10, 2014, NY Times)
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2014 9:33 PM[S]oon enough Hamas was dictating the duration of the conflict by repeatedly refusing cease-fires. Furthermore, it preserved its capability of firing rockets and missiles at most of Israel's territory, despite the immense effort the Israeli Air Force invested in knocking out launch sites.Hamas also waged an urban campaign against Israeli ground forces, inflicting at least five times as many casualties as in the last conflict and successfully used tunnels to penetrate Israeli territory and sow fear and demoralization. It made Israel pay a heavy price and the I.D.F. eventually withdrew its ground troops from Gaza without a cease-fire.Israeli leaders have now set the demilitarization of Gaza as one of their goals. But it's difficult to picture how this could be achieved. Hamas would never agree to disarm unless faced with a protracted Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip, which is something the Mr. Netanyahu has declared he won't undertake.So how did a terrorist guerrilla organization overcome the strongest army in the Middle East?Hamas's achievements on the battlefield are the fruit of a concerted effort to draw lessons from previous Israeli defeats. [...]And as much as Israel is seeking to marginalize Hamas and empower the weakened Mr. Abbas, Hamas is, for the first time in its history, on the verge of being internationally recognized as an equal party in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.