*UPDATE* On Friday, August 8, 2014, Hamas began firing rockets on Israel, choosing not to extend the 72-hour ceasefire. Several hours later Israel responded with an air strike.
JERUSALEM — Now that the latest Gaza conflict appears to be over — or nearly so — it’s time to take stock of the winners and losers.
Who won the war?
Perhaps more than the other two Gaza conflicts in the last six years, Israel is the clear winner this time. The Israel Defense Forces dealt a serious blow to Hamas’ tunnel infrastructure, effectively neutralized the Hamas rocket threat thanks to the Iron Dome missile defense system and destroyed hundreds of Hamas targets in Gaza.
Hamas’ aim of doing significant damage to Israel failed.
The organization’s numerous attempts to kidnap Israelis — soldiers or civilians — came up empty.
The incessant rocket fire did not succeed in causing a mass casualty event or significant damage inside Israel.