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Israel's tactical achievements against Hamas can't be minimized. But they do not equal a strategic victory. War, as Clausewitz famously taught, is the continuation of politics by other means. Wars are fought to realign politics in a way that benefits the victor and is detrimental to the loser. But the Israelis have lost sight of this distinction.
No one should assume that, with the signing of the recent nuclear deal with Iran, the threat of war has passed. Washington's diplomatic engagement with Tehran may, ironically, make Jerusalem more likely to attack now, because later could be too late.