Middle East Clash

What Did Israel Gain?

Israel has begun withdrawing troops and tanks from Gaza after its 22-day operation that killed at least 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis. So what exactly did the country gain? According to The New York Times, it's still unclear. "Have three weeks of overpowering war by Israel here weakened Hamas as Israel had hoped, or simply caused acute human suffering?" Hamas is certainly not destroyed, having shied, for the most part, from the fight. Israel, however, did succeed in at least putting pressure on Hamas, which hopes to continue ruling Gaza and therefore had to measure its response. And there are "limited indications that the people of Gaza felt such pain from this war that they will seek to rein in Hamas." One Palestinian woman said, "I will never vote for Hamas. They are not able to protect the people, and if they are going to bring this on us, why should they be in power?"