Normally, victory brings with it the acquisition of advantages like increased power and land, while losing brings not only a certain degree of humiliation, but also surrendering land and control.
And stalemates -- those often bring recriminations and political headaches, especially when you are more powerful and are expected to win.
Over the years, wars between Israel and Hamas have brought a series of ceasefires with each side claiming victory:
- Operation Summer Rains / Operation Autumn Clouds (2006)
- Operation Cast Lead (2008–2009)
- Operation Pillar of Defense (2012)
- Operation Protective Edge (2014)