Remember when Israel went to war with Hamas in 2008, then declared a cease fire and everyone said they’d lost? They went to war after Hamas captured Gilad Shalit, and destroyed lots of stuff but didn’t get him back, but that isn’t why people said they’d lost. Rather, their failure to completely destroy Hamas was said to mean a Hamas propaganda victory.
Yet USA Today mentions in passing the following: “Hamas lost hundreds of men in a fierce Israeli offensive against rocket squads three years ago and has largely maintained calm since then.” Reality, not just perception, matters….
Now it’s other organizations, not Hamas, who are striking at Israel. Hamas isn’t stopping them, so Israel is striking Gaza.