Hamas can declare victory all it wants. But the reality is that a number of senior Hamas leaders were killed in the war along with hundreds of its operatives, a good part of its rocket arsenal was depleted, and dozens of tunnels under Israeli territory dug strictly for the purpose of committing terrorism were destroyed. Of course, Hamas will maneuver to use the period ahead to rearm for the next confrontation. It launches rockets not for the purpose of lifting the blockade of the Gaza Strip but to kill as many Israelis as possible, while using Gaza civilians as human shields to garner international sympathy.
Martin Raffel, “After The Gaza War: Back To The Two-State Solution”, The Jewish Week (5 September 2014), 20.