I don’t know maybe they were watching a different war than I was. Today Ismail Haniya did his best imitation of the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Practically saying “it was just a flesh wound.”
In a televised speech Ismail Haniya, the Prime Minister appointed by Hamas in Gaza, said: “God has granted us a great victory, not for one faction, or party, or area, but for our entire people.
“We have stopped the aggression and the enemy has failed to achieve any of its goals.”
“The enemy has failed to achieve its goals,” Ismail Haniyeh, the top Hamas leader in the territory, said in a speech broadcast on Hamas television.
Though he called the war, in which more than 1,300 Gazans and 13 Israelis died, a “popular victory” for Palestinians, Haniyeh said Hamas’ decision to declare a truce on Sunday was “wise and responsible”.
Earlier Sunday Hamas announced an immediate ceasefire by its fighters and allied groups in the Gaza Strip and gave Israel a week to pull out its troops.
“Hamas and the factions announce a ceasefire in Gaza starting immediately and give Israel a week to withdraw,” said Ayman Taha, a Hamas official in Cairo for talks with Egypt on a truce deal. The Islamic Jihad joined the ceasefire announcement.
Hamas also demanded that Israel open all of the Gaza Strip’s border crossings to allow in food and other goods to meet the “basic needs for our people”.