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Israeli analysts, military and media said that what is happening after about 50 days of war confirms that the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) is still strong and working, stressing that it imposed its conditions during the current truce.

Ehud Himo of Channel 12 said Hamas was adopting a policy of extending the truce and dissolving the war until it stopped because it had proven after 49 days of war that it was still strong and in control.

"It is not easy to say these things, but they are the truth because the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades have succeeded in securing a ceasefire in the north and south, even in areas that are supposed to be cut off from any contact," he said.

Even managing the process of freeing the detainees is – according to Haimo – as if it were a purely military operation, because they brought the released on time and the agreed place in Khan Yunis, which seems to be the second capital of Hamas after Gaza, as he put it.

All of the above "means that Hamas will not get on its knees anytime soon," Haimo concluded.

Another guest said he did not know if Israel would return to war again after this truce or surrender, but stressed that its surrender would mean the fall of the government, whose existence would no longer be justified, adding: "Yahya Sinwar is not stupid and we have taught a lesson."

Reserve General Tamir Hayman, a former head of the intelligence division in the Israeli army, said, "We know the irony and cruelty of the other side (Hamas) and every day will be nerve-racking and we need time to know the good from the bad in this deal."

"We only know what we have in our hands, but we don't know what alternatives exist, but we need to negotiate during the war and we will know if the deal is good or not after a while when we know the alternatives," Hayman said.

Hayman believes that Israel is currently "caught up in Sinwar's ridicule and cruel circus," but stresses that "there is no better second deal to be a yardstick."

Hayman said "there is no such thing as everyone for all" and that the government "succeeded in bringing in the best deal right now."

Giora Eiland, a former head of the National Security Council, said the disturbing and shocking thing that the Israeli media is not focusing on is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a press conference that the Red Cross would visit prisoners and detainees who had not yet come out, and that had not happened.

"Now neither Qatar, nor Hamas, nor Egypt, nor the United States, nor the Red Cross acknowledge that this was part of the agreement," he said, adding that this is "very important because history proves that all the prisoners visited by the Red Cross everywhere, including the War of Atonement (October 1973), have returned, and everywhere they have not visited, many of them have not returned, and this element is very foggy."

Regarding Hamas' current situation, Michael Meleshtein, a senior researcher at the Institute for Strategic Studies at Reichmann University, said that talking about the term "breaking point" does not apply to Hamas.

Milstein added that this term refers to countries whose army is dispersed at a certain moment and their government stops working and the public does not listen to anyone, stressing that this "does not apply to Hamas because it is a party of authority and a secret organization at the same time and it is successful in operating so far despite the terrible and unprecedented blows."

Source : Al Jazeera