You see, that's where your mistake lies. Believing that having longer range rockets changes the game in a good way is fatal fallacy. Had the conflict continued, and there were quite a few voices calling for that, a strike against a metro that actually caused damage would have brought down the full wrath of the IDF. Hamas was lucky they turned it off when they did.<quoted text> "Even" I will understand?
I never claimed Hamas had a clear military victory Israel. But the rules of the game have changed. Gaza has a deterrent, and Israel can't march it's army into Gaza whenever they want. They can't assassinate individuals at their will because they realize now half the country will be underground for days if they commit any act of aggression against Gaza.
And since when was the number of casualties an indicator of victory or defeat. Algerians lost a million people fighting the French, but they EARNED their freedom eventually. The Soviets lost more than 18 million people in WW2. The Vietnamese lost 2 million people in the Vietnam war. Millions upon millions were killed by Japan in China and other countries in Southeast Asia.
Palestinians must accept the fact that a lot more people are going to die in the coming wars. This is the only way to achieve peace. You can't beg for a state, you have to fight for it. And even a Palestinian state on the 67 borders must be fought for. If you expect Israel to give all the settlements and stolen lands back to Palestinians because they're "well behaved", then you must be living in another dimension where conflicts are resolved by meetings and "negotiating".
What does the PA have to offer Israel in return for peace? Absolutely nothing. And why should Israel pull out of the West Bank and remove all settlements when there's nothing that threatens their security?
I admit you make a compelling argument for continuing the struggle except that you have yet to reach stage 1...unity. In fact, today's scoop out of Gaza is that Fatah doesn't get to share the warm-fuzzies for "winning the war" since they did nothing. That doesn't sound like a population on the verge of uniting.
I suggest you look for another way.