What benefits did Israel derive from Operation Cast Lead and what was the cost? A failure to retrieve Gilad Shalit, Hamas is still in power, rockets can still be fired, The Goldstone Report, unanimous condemnation from the international community, a diversion of attention from nuclear Iran, a boost to the boycott Israel movement, and more ammunition for those who seek to deligitimise Israel. Given the recent problems with the US, the enemies of Israel would be delighted to see Israel attack the Gaza Strip again!
EU's Mogherini in Tehran to talk nuclear deal, regional issues (Reuters)
from the article: Top Egypt official: Israel-Hamas tensions could lead to another Gaza war