Trudy Rubin: It will take more than the Israeli military to beat Hamas

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

Is it possible that Israel could win a military victory in Gaza and still lose the war? I understand the reason for Israel’s invasion of Gaza to destroy Hamas, which carried out a hideous terrorist attack murdering more than 1,000 civilians in one day. Any government would have done the same, especially since Hamas, which favors the destruction of Israel and all the Jews within, has publicly called for more such attacks. Yet even if Israel achieves military success — meaning the destruction of Hamas infrastructure and leadership and release of hostages — what comes afterward will define whethe…

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