Israel 'redeploys' in Gaza, but who won?
Israel says its largest incursion in the Gaza Strip during four years of fighting is a victory. But Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, isn’t admitting defeat. Indeed, the characterizations of both reflect a larger battle of perceptions over any eventual Israeli departure from Gaza, say analysts. The Days of Penitence Operation – officially aimed at ending Palestinian cross-border rocket attacks such as those that killed two Israeli toddlers Sept. 29 in the border town of Sderot – concluded over the weekend as Israeli troops withdrew from the Jabalya Refugee Camp and other densely populated areas to positions nearby. The redeployment was accompanied by warnings that the troops would be back if the rocket attacks resume – which analysts on both sides say is likely.Full Story