West Asia

Tenuous truce

Print edition : October 03, 2014

Ismail Haniya (centre), the top Hamas leader in Gaza, and Mousa Abu Marzook (to his left), a Cairo-based Hamas official, during a tour of Beit Hanoun in Gaza Strip on September 2. Photo: The New York Times

Buildings destroyed during the Israeli offensive in the east of Gaza City. Photo: SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, flanked by military chief Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz and Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon, arrives for a graduation ceremony of Israeli naval officers in the northern city of Haifa on September 2. Photo: BAZ RATNER/REUTERS

At the end of the 50-day war on Gaza, Israel is a divided house. But Hamas is firmly in control of the occupied territory, with its popularity among Palestinians soaring.
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