Eight weeks after Hamas terrorists called on Palestinians in Gaza to participate in what it called the “Great March of Return” – resulting in violent Palestinian riots at the Gaza-Israel border – Seth Frantzman looks back on what, if anything, the march accomplished:
Hamas has found that it can sustain mass protests. It can use this to gain some space for itself in Gaza after years of stagnation. But it has also shown the shortcomings of these protests. The high number of Hamas activists among the casualties shows that it cannot convince most average people to die for it. The greatest victory it could show in the last weeks was that a few activists brought back some coils of barbed wire. For thousands of wounded and 100 dead, that’s not much.