An Israel-Hamas ceasefire may offer a breather for both sides to reassess the situation. After three weeks of fighting, Israel’s soldiers have made significant progress and degraded 10 Hamas terrorist battalions. Hamas, on the other hand, faces challenges in replacing its lost terrorists and is constrained in Gaza City, with the IDF pressing in from multiple directions.
A pause in fighting could allow Hamas to regroup, reposition its forces, restock its rocket arsenal, and set up explosives along potential IDF advance routes. It could also use the ceasefire to work with other terrorist groups and exploit the situation for propaganda. Additionally, Iran may increase attacks through its allied groups in the region.
On the other hand, the IDF can use the break to rotate troops, improve defense positions, and prepare for the next phase. Israel’s technological superiority will be a key factor in this preparation. Overall, the ceasefire offers both sides an opportunity to strategize and prepare for what comes next.