Israeli tactics suggest long war in Gaza

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But if Israel is successful in its encirclement, it will create siege conditions that could well restrict Hamas’ ability to continue fighting effectively. However, the militants will always have the choice to continue fighting or withdraw. “This really depends on Hamas’s willingness to fight,” said Sam Cranny-Evans, of the Royal United Services Institute think tank. “If they dig in and go house-by-house, tunnel-by-tunnel, it's going to be a really long time, which is why the Israelis are preparing the population for that through their narrative at the moment, that this could last months, maybe a year, maybe two years.”