"People in Sderot don`t really care what you think, Mark Lincoln. What they care about is that rockets no longer rain from the sky... " For now Paraclete and that is the point. Hamas did not lose its base. It did not collapse. Its casualties were minimal, 300 out of 15,000, so its forces are intact. It can restock and retrain for the next round. The point being that, contrary to the Shin Bet guy's line, Israel achieved little by Cast Lead - not a victory, not the defeat of anyone, not the major degradation of the enemy's capability, zilch. It bought a bit of time and relief for Sederot, but at a considerable cost in terms of civilian lives, Goldstone/ICC and serious loss of world sympathy and support. By the way, I have never read any post on Haaretz supporting Hamas rocket attacks on civilians, it has been roundly condemned from all sides as immoral, illegal and downright cowardly.
Saudi FM: We hope Iran uses sanction relief for development, not nefarious activities (Reuters)
from the article: Senior Shin Bet official: Hamas completely lost Gaza war