David Patrikarakos David Patrikarakos

The war Israel is losing against Hamas

Smartphones are handing victory to the losers of war

A Palestinian child plays with a toy gun in Gaza (Getty Images)

The Gaza conflict is bloody, brutal, and genuinely heartbreaking, but it is also perfunctory. This is a fight in which the military battle is predetermined: Hamas cannot win, and Israel cannot lose. What happens in between is almost balletic in its endless predictability. Hamas fires rockets, Israel fires back; Hamas targets Israeli cities; Israel bombs buildings in which Hamas hides and stores weapons.

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