Analysis Operation Protective Edge Advances With No Exit Strategy

Hamas shows no signs of breaking, its spokesmen seemingly swept away by its very success in holding out and refocusing Arab and international attention.

The Israel Defense Forces ground operation has now entered a more complex phase. The incursion overnight Thursday encountered relatively little opposition from Hamas. Israel Air Force strikes, alongside artillery fire, made Hamas opposition difficult in the first phase. Now the troops are based in a relatively narrow strip on the edges of the built-up Palestinian area, and are moving...