Even as a long-term ceasefire for ‘unlimited time’ was agreed by both the warring sides after 50 days of cross-border violence, there are conflicting voices arising over who out of Hamas and Israel, turned victorious.
Though Israel remained cautious, not speaking much about the truce, Hamas hailed the ceasefire as “victory of the resistance”.
Blaming the Palestinian militants for delaying the truce, Israeli government spokesperson Mark Regev tweeted an al Jazeera post that said that Israel had accepted the same framework much earlier on July 15 and “Had Hamas accepted it then much bloodshed would have been avoided”.
Hamas on the other hand sounded jubilant over the “victory”, with its spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri saying, “Today we declare the victory of the resistance, today we declare the victory of Gaza”.
Hailing Hamas’ “victory of resistance”, Iran issued a sharp-worded statement that said that the heroic Palestinian militants had brought Israel to “its knees”.
“The heroic Palestinian people have forged a new era with the victory of the resistance which has brought the Zionist regime to its knees,” the AFP quoted Iranian foreign ministry as saying.
“This victory prepares the way for the final liberation of all the occupied lands especially Quds (Jerusalem),” it added.