PRI's The World Published by PRI's The World How Hamas is taking on the Middle East's most powerful army — and holding its own Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/389823/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend Israeli military officers have said they're surprised by how well Hamas is fighting against Israeli soldiers. That's because of a years-long effort by Hamas to boost their defenses and train their fighters for new kinds of battles.