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5 Winners, 5 Losers of Gaza War (So Far)

The winners:

1. Israel - Restored deterrent against Hamas, uncovered and destroyed terror tunnels, nation highly unified.

2. Egypt - Sisi regime's first test on the international stage boosts credibility and stature of new government

3. Russia, Iran - World largely ignores probable war crime of MH17; grants extension on Iran nuclear talks

4. Sen. Rand Paul - Argument for reduced U.S. aid, and increased independence, for Israel gains credibility

5. Sen. Ted Cruz - Only GOP presidential contender to oppose John Kerry's confirmation as Sec'y of State

The losers:

1. Hamas - No significant achievements in the war, increasingly hated by Palestinians, brutality exposed

2. Obama, Kerry - Foolhardy push for premature ceasefire, actions criticized even by Palestinian Authority

3. Palestinians - Hope for a sovereign state fades amidst Hamas attacks on major Israeli population centers

4. Hillary Clinton - Struggles to offer coherent, consistent, competent response to the ongoing conflict

5. UN - Rockets found in UN schools, Human Rights Council destroys credibility further with anti-Israel vote


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