Sinwar's Smile Says It All: What Israel Can Learn From Hamas

The image of the Hamas chief sitting in his ruined Gaza office sends a direct message to Israel

Amos Harel
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We’ve almost forgotten, but until two weeks ago a small war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip raged here. The fact that the cease-fire took effect immediately helped push Gaza swiftly off the Israeli agenda. The IDF, which is now in the midst of learning the lessons of the conflict, is summing up the operation as a success and making an effort to market it as such to the public. But in this regard it can learn from Hamas. The organization’s leader, Yahya Sinwar, was photographed after the operation as he sat, smiling, in an armchair in his wrecked office, which was bombed by the air force. The message was loud and clear: As long as we are standing (or sitting, as it happens) you haven’t defeated us. The media consultant who conceived and directed that photo shoot deserves a bonus from Hamas.

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