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November 23, 2012 10:57 am
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As Gaza Celebrates ‘Victory,’ Barak Says Hamas Delusional

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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Photo: Ariel Harmoni/Israeli Defense Ministry.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak dismissed the victory celebrations in the Gaza Strip on Thursday. Speaking on Israeli television, Barak said that the Hamas government was deceiving their populace with fabricated achievements.

“They [Hamas] are deceiving their own people. They are celebrating the downing of an F-16 [which did not happen] and rockets that supposedly exploded in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. They know full well what has befallen them: The prime minister’s official residence is gone, their manufacturing infrastructure is gone, no heavy machinery, they now have less than 40 percent of the medium range rockets they once possessed, and a buried military chief,” Barak said, according to Israel Hayom.

With gunshots, sweets and cries of victory, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip poured into the streets to celebrate Wednesday’s cease-fire deal, which ended eight days of deadly fighting between Israel and Islamist terrorists.

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After being stuck at home for days for fear of Israeli airstrikes, tens of thousands of Palestinians crowded into cars and doubled up on motorcycles, waving flags and chanting for Hamas.

The Egyptian-brokered cease-fire put an end to Israeli air raids, which bombed hundreds of Hamas targets, as well as to the firing of more than 2,000 rockets and mortar bombs by Hamas and other factions into Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Firing a deafening burst from his Kalashnikov rifle, one Gaza resident boasted, “(Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu will mourn tonight, while the people of Gaza are steadfast in their resistance and have triumphed. Israel won’t think of challenging us like this ever again. We paid a dear price in the blood of our people for their aggression, but we made great gains and showed our strength.”

Members of Hamas’ top political echelons, also forced to seek shelter during the raids because Israel had them in its sights, joined eagerly in the grandstanding.

“The resistance achieved a historic victory against the occupation and laid the foundation for the battle of liberation for all our land and sacred sites,” said senior Hamas official Ahmed Bahar.

Referring to Israel’s assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari on Nov. 14, Hamas activists shouted through loudspeakers of Gaza mosques: “Jabari won, alive and dead.”

Gaza’s revelers seemed less concerned with the details of the truce and whether they thought Israel would keep its part of the bargain than with achieving what they saw as a symbolic victory.

“Imagine, the rockets of our resistance hitting Tel Aviv, hitting them and making them afraid everywhere they were. Nobody thought we could strike at them like this,” said Saleh Abu Khaled, sitting on the stoop of his apartment, his children frolicking around him in their pajamas.

“It doesn’t matter if they violate the truce; we’re ready to fight them again tomorrow. But we hope they learned a lesson this time,” he said, grinning widely.

The agreement calls on Hamas and Israel to cease all forms of military activity, including Israel’s targeted killings of terrorists, and for an easing of the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza.

Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas government in Gaza, said: “We are satisfied and proud of this agreement and at the steadfastness of our people and their resistance.” Haniyeh said it was Egypt’s unwavering support and the Arab Spring that gave them the strength to emerge victorious. “Israel was defeated and now they know the rules have changed.”

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  • Mr Barak, – It is you who is being delusional; you and Mr Netanyahu, cost us a place is civilised world by surrendering and capitualting.
    Yes, – Mr Barak Israel and Jews the world over have lost face because of you; and you in particular are in no position to comment on who is delusional and whose not since your own actions in the demolition of Migron and other Yishuvim in Yehusa – Shomron, as they are correctly termed – is no worsde than the killing and muder of Jews by Hitler Groebels and othe

  • elliot j. stamler

    Sooner or later, no matter what sacrifices it entails, Israel must destroy Hamas and kill, yes, kill, every single Hamas leader and member. Why? For the same reason the Allies had to invade Germany and the Russians in particular had to fight a blood-letting battle of Berlin finally shooting their way right to the Reich Chancellery–because the Nazis were committed to fight to the death-their own. So it is with Hamas-the nazis of the present era. There can be no compromise with arab jew-hating fanatics…either they die or they’ll endlessly kill Jews,

  • Ilbert Phillips

    Every time the Israelis are not allowed to complete a war,m the Arabs can claim they did not lose. They are delusional and will remain so until they are forced to sue for peace.

  • Every Muslim who reveres a sociopath named Muhammad who had 900 unarmed Jews decapitated at Quaraza is delusional..and a sociopath.

  • Aurora Aronsson

    HE is the one who is completely delusional considering that he thinks that he can apply European Ashkenazi, Western, standards of rationality, logic, etc. to Arabs.
    Too bad no one has ever explained to him that for the last 45 years the Arabs have been saying that they won in 1967, for 39 years that they won in 1973, etc.
    Actually, considering that they wee never destroyed and forced to beg for mercy and surrender without conditions, from their point of view, which is certainly not within Barak’s capability of understanding, they did win!
    It’s time Israel got rid of these ruling elites who have done their time and don’t get the Arabs at all. They don’t get the basic fact that mercy for an Arab is weakness.

  • EthanP

    Everything Barak says is true. It also doesn’t matter a whit. Read Benard Lewis and Raphael Patai. Arabs live in a dream world. Nothing is ever their fault. Reality never intrudes on the image. They survive, thus they win. They shot at some planes, thus they destroyed them. Read Egyptian accounts of the 1973 war. A great Egyptian victory. The only reason that Israel survived was US combat aircraft taking part. (From a 1974 special edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology).
    Morsi gains prestige for a ceasefire. Next day he makes himself absolute dictator of Egypt. If he gets away with it he will have more power than Mubarek ever had.

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