Israel Wins the Battle, Loses the PR War

By William Saletan, Slate - August 7, 2014

Since the onset of this week’s cease-fire in Gaza, thousands of displaced Palestinians have returned to their homes to assess the damage. Many have been interviewed about their reflections on the war. The interviews, combined with previous surveys, suggest a dilemma for Israel. From the standpoint of deterrence, Israel has every reason to maintain its blockade of Gaza. But if it does, Palestinians’ anger at militants over the war might be erased by their anger at Israel over the blockade. In the long run, that helps Hamas.

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