Israel, Hamas Both Claim Victory

    Palestinians celebrate what they call a victory over Israel, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Eight days of punishing Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and a barrage of Hamas rocket fire on Israeli ended inconclusively. While Israel claimed in inflicted heavy damage on the militants, Gaza’s Hamas rulers claimed that Israel’s decision not to send ground troops into the territory, as it had four years ago, was a sign of new-found Hamas deterrence. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Majdi Mohammed / AP photo

    Both Israel and Hamas are claiming victory now that a hastily assembled ceasefire has gone into effect. Senior Hamas leader Khaled Meshal said on Thursday that Israel’s “aim was to deter us. The resistance showed them. This deterrence has failed. Israel has failed in all of its goals.” But the Israeli military disputed this in a statement, saying that the campaign had “accomplished its pre-determined objectives,” devastating Hamas’s infrastructure and killing seven senior militants. In any case, the new truce is still fragile. Israeli media reported that several rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza after the ceasefire went into effect.

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