Focusing on a victory picture, at any price
Hamas’ inability to achieve a triumphant image in the latest conflict with Israel will affect any cease-fire talks and prolong the bloodshed.
No one really believes that when a cease-fire is achieved to end this latest round of warfare between Israel and Gaza, it will include anything more than a temporary cessation of violence. Each side will lick its wounds and try to present to its public some form of achievement. It’s that inevitability that is driving events right now.
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