Hamas has called the ceasefire agreement reached with Israel yesterday, brokered by Egypt, a victory over Israel according to the Associated Press;
Eight days of punishing Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and a barrage of Hamas rocket fire on Israel ended inconclusively. While Israel said it inflicted heavy damage on the militants, Gaza’s Hamas rulers claimed that Israel’s decision not to send in ground troops, as it had four years ago, was a sign of a new deterrent power.
“Resistance fighters changed the rules of the game with the occupation (Israel), upset its calculations,” Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, who attended the rally, said later in a televised speech. “The option of invading Gaza after this victory is gone and will never return.”
As long as one member of Hamas is still breathing, they’ll consider it a victory, I suppose. Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt condemns the cease fire and calls for continued violence, according to the Associated Press;
“The enemy knows nothing but the language of force,” said Mohammed Badie. “Be aware of the game of grand deception with which they depict peace accords,” he said in a statement carried on the group’s website and emailed to reporters.
His statement was a sharp deviation from the role played by President Mohammed Morsi in the last week. Egypt’s role in brokering the deal has been hailed by U.S. officials.
Any attempt at negotiating with those creatures is perceived as weakness. It’s only been like that for a few thousand years, but the West is a tough study.