Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, unable to achieve a satisfactory ceasefire agreement without having to commit ground forces, was forced to send in the troops; here IDF APCs maneuver outside the northern Gaza Strip, July 18.
(photo credit: RONEN ZVULUN / REUTERS)
The latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas highlighted the Islamist organization’s international and regional isolation.Although Hamas and the radical Islamist ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) are rivals, both are versions of militant anti- Western Islam. The recent gains by ISIS in Iraq and Syria sent shock waves across Europe and the US. Being placed in much the same threatening basket significantly hurt Hamas’s already troubled standing in Western opinion.
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