Unsustainable optimism after the Gaza ceasefire
Israelis were quick to call the Gaza ceasefire a victory. A closer look at what was - and wasn't - accomplished suggests that such optimism is unfounded.
Operation Pillar of Defense concluded before a decisive triumph had been attained by Israel, allowing the Islamlords of Gaza to claim victory. The Israeli left, which had pressed for a quick cease-fire and inveighed against a ground operation, are hard put to complain. They got what they wanted; what's more, the conclusion represented ostensible vindication of their view that military force had its limitations...
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