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How to tell if Hamas won

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Submitted by Eric Goodman (United States), Jun 8, 2021 at 12:29

Dr. Pipes suggests that the way to tell if Hamas or Israel won the recent conflict is whether Hamas initiated another round of fighting. Is there a time limit on that test? One month? Six months? Because surely, sooner or later Hamas will re-initiate hostilities: that's their reason for existence after all. It just may take several years for them to regroup.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

You point to an important logical point: It is easy to decide that Hamas won but there is no moment when one can conclusively decide Israel did. It's just a matter of common sense, once a long time has elapsed and Hamas no longer shows an intent to attack Israel.

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