A Palestinian by holds a toy gun as he participates at a Hamas rally in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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As indirect negotiations proceed in Egypt between Israel and Hamas following the war in Gaza, here is an assessment of the outcome so far of the monthlong conflict, assuming the cease-fire holdsIt says it destroyed all of Hamas' 31 attack tunnels burrowed into Israel.Still, it has not stamped out the rocket threat – Hamas has hundreds left.If the Palestinian Authority reasserts itself in Gaza, Hamas will lose a share of power.PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY President Mahmoud Abbas appears to be on the verge of regaining some measure of control in Gaza, rolling back his undignified exit of 2007 when Hamas seized control of Gaza. THE PEOPLE OF GAZA The devastation in Gaza is staggering.Many in Gaza may be unhappy with Hamas' heavy-handed rule but still supported the rocket fire on Israel despite the destruction it brought on, hoping it resulted in an end to the blockade.Some would note that the blockade only came about because Hamas took over Gaza in the first place.
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