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Mohammed al-Deif lives

Commander of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades Mohammed al-Deif is responsible for some of the most murderous terror attacks against Israelis, yet during the Gaza war the IDF failed again to eliminate him.
Abu Ubaida, the spokesman of the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigade, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, is pictured on a television screen as he delivers a televised statement on Hamas TV, in Gaza August 20, 2014. Hamas's military wing said on Wednesday an Israeli air strike in Gaza had failed to kill its military commander, Mohammed Deif. In a televised statement, Ubaida said Israel had missed its target. Deif's wife and seven-month-old son were killed in the attack. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITI
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In the battle waged over the narrative of Operation Protective Edge (July-August 2014), in which both sides declared victory, it appears that the Palestinians have scored a significant achievement: Mohammed al-Deif, the Hamas chief of staff and No. 1 on Israel's "most wanted list" who has survived numerous assassination attempts, has survived this time as well. It is clear; no more question marks; the uncertainty has disappeared: Deif is alive.

Although it is not exactly known what condition he is in, it is clear that he survived the assault on Aug. 19, 2014, in the midst of the military campaign. During the campaign Israel was notified about a house where Deif was residing at the time, and an air force fighter plane struck the house with numerous powerful bombs, each of which weighing a single ton (2,000 pounds). "He'll never get out of there alive," senior Israeli security officials said at the time. But it seems they erred; Deif did, indeed, escape with his life.

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