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Israel or Hamas: Who Really Won the 2021 Gaza War

As both Israel and Hamas sum up this year's most significant confrontation, the result is more of a grim tie ■ In the 'cyber vs. fighters' argument within the army, the paratroopers stand out

Amos Harel
Amos Harel
Amos Harel
Amos Harel

With a sense of satisfaction, this week the military marked seven months of relative quiet in the Gaza Strip, since the conclusion of Operation Guardian of the Walls – the last, for now, in the series of major Israeli military offensives in Gaza. Like the earlier operations – Cast Lead (2008), Pillar of Defense (2012), Protective Edge (2014), and a series of smaller attacks – the May 2021 operation did not bring about a fundamental change. Once more, Israel and Hamas traded blows, the Palestinians paid a higher price in human losses and in economic damage, and the sides eventually decided to return to the ceasefire.

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