Hamas Sees Itself as the Victor – Avi Issacharoff
(dailyalert.org, July 22, 2014)
Due to the high death toll among IDF soldiers and the devastating blow to the Palestinian civilian population, Hamas sees itself as the victor. The perpetuated myth of a massacre in Sejaiya has brought the organization an unprecedented degree of support among the Palestinians, especially in the West Bank. However, the myth of that “massacre” has also created panic among the Gazan public.
The driving emotion among the residents of Gaza is one of mass hysteria. This means that during the next operation in Sejaiya, or in any other neighborhood, the IDF will likely encounter far fewer civilians. The majority of Gaza residents in combat zones will from now on flee for their lives – heeding the IDF’s warnings and not Hamas’ calls to stay. (Times of Israel)