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Gaza truce holds as Israelis debate what was won and lost
Gaza truce holds as Israelis debate what was won and lost

The cease-fire that ended 50 days of fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip held Wednesday past the 24-hour mark, but Israel’s wartime solidarity quickly gave way to a round of angry political recriminations. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, appearing on the defensive, declared in a nationally televised news conference that Israel had “great military and diplomatic achievements” stemming from the conflict, while Hamas, the militant faction that controls Gaza, had gained nothing. “We set a clear objective: to deliver a heavy blow to Hamas,” he said. “And I can say that Hamas has indeed been hit severely.” ...

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