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Hamas Claims Victory; It Defeated the West, Once Again

Was Hamas the victor in this summer's Gaza War? Only if you count its victory over the West through the heartless manipulation of destruction and inversions of the laws of war.
Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh would replace Abbas chairman of the Palestinian Authority if elections were held today.

Hamas' Ismail Haniyeh would replace Abbas chairman of the Palestinian Authority if elections were held today.
Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90

The punchline to the old joke about how you can tell when a politician is lying is when his mouth is moving is just as apt for Palestinian Arab leaders whenever they talk about a true victory.

But maybe lying is the wrong word. Maybe Ismael Haniyeh, the Hamas leader who just claimed victory, was watching a different channel, one on which Israel barely played a minor role.

After one month of war against Israel in which Hamas greatly depleted its weapons arsenal, with very little militarily to show despite having launched thousands of rockets, and with schools, hospitals, a university and entire neighborhoods obliterated because Hamas embedded their fighters amongst civilians, Ismael Haniyeh is claiming victory in the Summer 2014 War.

How is that possible?

Because the achievement of strategic objectives through military means is not what Hamas was after.

The Hamas leadership knows that if enough of their people are killed, and enough of their neighborhoods are destroyed, the entire world will sit on Israel’s hands and force it to do several things: one, withdraw from Gaza; two, make concessions it would not have agreed to before it was forced into beating Hamas; and three, watch as even more huge boatloads of foreign aid is poured into the Gaza strip to “rebuild Gaza’s infrastructure,” which really means replenish its arsenal.

From that perspective, Haniyeh is not wrong to take a victory lap.

What were the true objectives of Hamas? One of those was certainly the lifting, or at least the relaxing, of the blockade of Gaza.

Haniyeh addressed that issue in his victory statement issued on Tuesday, August 4:

“The military victory by the resistance, and the legendary strength of our people will lead us to a lifting of the blockage on the Gaza Strip,” said the former prime minister of Hamas, through an official statement released through Hamas media.

Of course, that success is yet to be revealed. Will there be a reduction in restrictions? Perhaps Egypt will gin up some way of making it look as though that happened. The reality, of course, is something else, as Egypt is less reluctant to be brutal to Gazans than is the IDF.

Haniyeh also said that Palestinian unity helped reach the agreement in Egypt. “A unified people stood behind our delegation in Cairo. We complied with all the diplomatic procedures and contacted our brothers in Qatar and Turkey and, now, in Egypt in order to end the aggression.” They contacted Egypt? Really? In a word, no.

The Gaza political leader stated that “what the enemy could not achieve on the physical battlefield it will not achieve in the diplomatic battlefield.” In the language of everyday people, that translates to “what Hamas could not achieve on the physical battlefield we can achieve on the diplomatic battlefield.” Because the party perceived as the underdog – the genocidal terrorists with a bloodthirsty governing document and the Ayatollah Khameini as its grand patron – is always coddled by the gullible West.

The leader of Hamas’ political bureau said: “I am confident that our Egyptian and Arab brothers all want to help lift the blockage permanently. We support the unified Palestinian delegation in order to produce the most appropriate diplomatic solution and to bring about a resolution that would reflect both the immeasurable sacrifices of our people and the work of the resistance. The delegation stuck to our demands.”

What he did not mention was that by not raising them, even Haniyeh has dropped the other unsupportable preconditions Hamas demanded for prior ceasefires.

Those other “preconditions” included the release of the rearrested Shalit exchange prisoners who were scooped up during the search for the three kidnapped teenagers in June and July; the release of the fourth wave of prisoners which had been part of the peace process  aborted during the spring; the extension of maritime rights for “fishing” off of Gaza; and the building of an airport for the Gaza Strip. No mention of any of those by Haniyah on Tuesday.

What Haniyeh did say proves what so many Israeli and pro-Israel commentators have stated repeatedly, and what anti-Israel advocates scream is cruel and racist to suggest. He made clear the more death and destruction Hamas can exhibit – true, staged or otherwise – the better it is for Hamas.

These are his words:

“The image of destruction seen by the world is the proof to the extent of the IDF’s defeat and its failure in fighting the brave resistance,” to which Haniyeh added, Hamas “will be loyal to our people who were hurt by the brutal aggression. The blood spilled by the deceased and the injured is the leadership’s responsibility, we will not abandon them.”

In other words, the more dead Gazans, the better the positioning and the more integral Hamas becomes. Bravo to those who engineered this ceasefire. Once again the West is soundly defeated by Palestinian Arab manipulation.

Haniyeh is correct when he claims Hamas achieved a victory. But the party it defeated through arm-wrestling and smoke and mirrors was the West. The true battle had little to do with the military engagement with Israel.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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81 Responses to “Hamas Claims Victory; It Defeated the West, Once Again”

  1. No victory for hamas and no peace for Israel. SMH…..This will all be played out again.

  2. No victory for hamas and no peace for Israel. SMH…..This will all be played out again.

  3. Linda Gibbs says:

    Oh, yes and the west just gobbles it up.

  4. Perhaps they live paralel unıverse sıck people, god Bless israel

  5. Our Liberal Media are defeated! Hooray!

  6. Our Liberal Media are defeated! Hooray!

  7. Uzi Kattan says:

    They believe in falsehoods and are delusional.

  8. Uzi Kattan says:

    They believe in falsehoods and are delusional.

  9. Nothing new – Arabs claim victory every time Israel kick their butt.

  10. Nothing new – Arabs claim victory every time Israel kick their butt.

  11. Nothing new – Arabs claim victory every time Israel kick their butt.

  12. If this is victory, I’d hate to see their view of defeat! o_O

  13. Anna Sharp says:

    Deception over again.

  14. They are so idiots and ignorants!

  15. They are so idiots and ignorants!

  16. Hamas, go clean up your ruin & don’t say you have won.

  17. Hamas, go clean up your ruin & don’t say you have won.

  18. Anita Harris says:

    With Obama in charge it didn’t take much. The intelligent Americans support Israel and see Hamas for who they are – terrorists. And if Hamas thinks they won they don’t know who they are messing with.

  19. Anita Harris says:

    Not all of us Linda Gibbs not all of us.

  20. Ian Conger says:

    They are right about that.

  21. Ian Conger says:

    They are right about that.

  22. Hamas are cowards for causing the death of over 1000 people including over 600 of their members

  23. DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Rob Frantz says:

    They’ve won every war since 1947, doncha know? Arab/Islamic bragging is such a big part of the culture . The good part is that they don’t know defeat from victory, therefore they can’t really learn from defeat and properly prepare for the next battle. They simply never come to grips with why they are LOSING. So they keep on losing. The bad part is that their sense of dishonor at losing to hated infidels, most especially despised Jews reinforces the anger and rage they experience, so they pick themselves up, dust themselves off and “fight and lose” again and again and again. This is a nuisance that requires constant vigilance wherever Muslims attempt to spread their faith and political domination, which is everywhere they can, which is pretty much everywhere. So, vigilant we must be

  26. Too bad the IDF had to quit when they were ahead. Massive violence solves all national problems, including BS discussions of peace terms.

  27. Too bad the IDF had to quit when they were ahead. Massive violence solves all national problems, including BS discussions of peace terms.

  28. Kc Caldwell says:

    a few more victories like this and we won’t have to deal with Hamas anymore …

  29. Kc Caldwell says:

    a few more victories like this and we won’t have to deal with Hamas anymore …

  30. Kc Caldwell says:

    a few more victories like this and we won’t have to deal with Hamas anymore …

  31. David Cohen says:

    It looks like alot oc people didn’t either read the article or didn’t understand it. They won a propaganda victory and will probably milk it for an increase in Welfare, oops, I meant UN and other foreign aid. That may well have been their objective from the start.

  32. David Cohen says:

    It looks like alot oc people didn’t either read the article or didn’t understand it. They won a propaganda victory and will probably milk it for an increase in Welfare, oops, I meant UN and other foreign aid. That may well have been their objective from the start.

  33. David Grim says:

    Great, Chamas needs to thank Israel for the victory.

  34. Middle east terrorist financier propaganda they need war .

  35. Middle east terrorist financier propaganda they need war .

  36. auguriamo che vinceranno sempre cosi!

  37. auguriamo che vinceranno sempre cosi!

  38. auguriamo che vinceranno sempre cosi!

  39. David Groen says:

    Their whole humanitarian argument has been based around the superiority of the Israel Defense Forces. Yet somehow all of a sudden, Hamas not only has defeated Israel, they defeated the entire west. Has humanity gone mad?…http://hollandsheroes.com/2014/08/05/why-stop-lying-now-its-worked-so-far/

  40. David Groen says:

    Their whole humanitarian argument has been based around the superiority of the Israel Defense Forces. Yet somehow all of a sudden, Hamas not only has defeated Israel, they defeated the entire west. Has humanity gone mad?…http://hollandsheroes.com/2014/08/05/why-stop-lying-now-its-worked-so-far/

  41. victory at killing innocent people. i dont call that victory.

  42. If this is true, it our own president who let it happen. He won’t stand up to them.

  43. Duh,,God is NOT to be Mocked!!!!!!!!

  44. Duh,,God is NOT to be Mocked!!!!!!!!

  45. Son Labrusca says:

    Do we think war is over ?
    I wonder what Hamas is thinking right now..

  46. Mary Hakimi says:

    LIES & DELUSION. Who are they kidding, I truly feel sorry for the innocent Palestinians, hope they will awaken and find the truth.

  47. While the fat cat hamas billionaires sat in Qatar, watching the children and adults used as human shields for their satanic cause…they will rot in Hell!

  48. Ed Soucek says:

    Ex president Jimmy Carter said in a statement that the Hamasholes are legitimate players in the middle east and should be aids tested….

  49. Hamas also lies….

  50. Vonnie Gross says:

    Proof that they are truly crazy!

  51. Kalman Shor says:

    I wonder what a loss looks like?

  52. Uzi Biton says:

    ממשלות ישראל בעשרים השנה האחרונות אחרי הסכם הכניעה באוסלו ממשיכות בנרטיב השגוי של ההתנצלות על שאנחנו נאלצים להגן על עצמנו על שאנחנו מעיזים לתקוף טרוריסטים עם קבלות כמו חמס פתח וחיזבאללה.

    כל פעם הרוצחים עושים את אןתו תרגיל וממשלת ישראל עד היום נופלות באותו פח כמו פיל מסורבל שנילחם בקופים חכמים.

    בימקום להכריז על הראשות כאויב של ישראל אפילו אחרי שהפכו לשותפים של החמס – ישראל ממשיכה במגעים איתם כאילן כלום לא קרה – כדי להבין עד כמה זה מטורף נסו לדמיין את אמריקה מנהלת משא ומתן עם על קאידה אחרי שזאת מתאחדת עם דאעש .

    יש לישראל מלא הזדמנויות להראות איך חמס רוצח פלסטינים שמנסים לברוח מאיזורי הטילים או מפגינים נגד חמס האינטרנט מלא בתמונות קשות לצפיה – אבל בערוצי הממשלה שלנו רואים אך ורק לוחמים של חמס בפעילות צבאית נגדנו ולא מרים את העינוים והרצח השפל היום יומי שהם מבצעים באזרחי עזה. בזה עוזרים לאויב לא פוגעים בתדמית אותה הוא מנסה למכור.

    חמס למד את החולשות של העורף ושל הצבא הישראלי. והוא מנגן עליהם בכל העוצמה.

    ממשלות ישראל עם כל הכסף העצום שיש להם הטכנולוגיה היתרון של חיל אויר מצוין שריון חיל ים וחיל רגלים משובחים עם מודיעין מהטובים בעולם עדיין לא למדה איך ליפגוע בחמס איפה שכואב.

    הנה כמה רעיונות פשוטים וזולים שכל מנהיג עם קצת שכל ישר היה מזמן מבצע ועדיין לא מאוחר.

    1.נגד המינהרות ניתן להשתמש בחיישנים שמוחדרים לאדמה במרחק של לא יותר מ 30 מטר אחד מהשני שיתריעו מידית על כל רעידה באדמה – האמצעים קיימים כבר שנים.

    2.נגד חמס ומנהיגיו שלא ניפגעו כלל במלחמה הזאת או כל המיבצעים הקודמים.
    ממשלת ישראל חייבת להקים יחידת חיסול ביו לאומית מורכבת מיוצאי סירת מטכ”ל ויחידות מובחרות אחרות שיתמחו בחיסול שקט של מנהיגי טרור כאן בארץ ובחו”ל – מה הבעיה לחסל את אבו מאזן או חאלד משעל ??

    הרעלה , התקפת לב או פשוט כדור בראש של אויבי ישראל יעזרו יותר מכיפת ברזל ויהיו הרבה יותר זולות. הם גם ירתיעו כל מי שיבוא אחריהם.
    ישראל לעולם לא תודה באף פגיעה . כקצין בסירת מטכ”ל אני יודע טוב מאוד על מה אני מדבר …

    3.לגבי הטילים קודם כל חייבים ללכת אחרי הכסף . יש שבטים של בדואים פקידים ממשלתיים ומפקדי צבא מושחתים בסיני שמובילים את הטילים האלה לתוך עזה. ישראל יכולה לממן שבטים כדי לעצור את זה ויכולה לחסל בשקט את אלה שיחליטו לא להפסיק את ההברחות .

    4.לגבי קאטר איראן וממני הטרור נגד ישראל . יש לאיים על קאטר באפיקים חשאיים שאם יעבירו כסף לחמס או חיזבאללה הם ישלמו על כך ביוקר.
    מיד שמתגלה העברת כסף לחמס ישראל תיזום פיצוץ עבודה בבאר נפט בקאטר ותישלח הודעה חשאית שאם ימשיך המימון של הטרור עוד מטרות יפגעו.
    לגבי אירן יש פשוט לחסל את ראשי השלטון אחד אחרי השני .

    זהו הכיוון שהייתי רוצה לראות את הממשלה ההזאת הולכת אליו .
    במקום זה הם מתמחים בהפסקות אש והריסת ישובים ישראלים .
    כמה חבל .

  53. Sally Penso says:

    Victory my ass- reminds me of Hitlers behavior in the last few weeks.

  54. David Cohen exactly! People must read the title and start commenting. They got exactly what they wanted and didn’t care how many rockets were wasted nor how many Palestinian women and children were killed in the process as long as the west condemned Israel and felt sorry for them.

  55. ha ha ha, then how come negotiate for a cease-fire? 1800 palestinian death as compared to 60 plus Israeli and a rubbled Gaza, how come their balance sheet gives them victory? Whose the ACCOUNTANT they hired for it?

  56. Well if the Stupid Idiots won ? Then why did so many of them lose their lives ? Over a thousand in fact and on 65 Jews and why has Gaza been turned into dust and ashes ? All these Idiots have is arrogance and plenty of that .

  57. Judith Dowla says:

    Hamas, boast not in yourselves but boast only in the LORD of Lords, and King of kings otherwise you may find yourselves falling off your self made pedestals. Let us face it Hamas, you and other Muslims really want to become Jews when it comes down to it and then you could put Jewish brains and Muslim brains to work together on something really good for all people. Fess up that I am right.

  58. Yaron Yashar says:

    Hamas charter calls for the eventual creation of an Islamic state in Palestine, in place of Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and the obliteration or dissolution of Israel.

    Looks to me they are getting the exact opposite of that
    Once again..
    Ohh well…

  59. In No way did they win anything ! Either by themselves or against the West , yes the innocent defenseless ones deserve help ,pity and prayers, But as far Hamas goes ; they Won **** , they only brought chaos and ruin upon the Palestinian people,

  60. THIS MAN IS REALLY INCENSE, IS THIS WHAT YOU CALL VICTORY? ISRAEL DAMAGED GAZA BEYOND REPAIRED, CAN’T YOU SEE WHAT HAS TOOK PLACE IN GAZA? WHERE IS YOUR HOUSE? 150 OF YOUR MILITANTS WERE ARRESTED, THEY ARE SITTING IN ISRAELI JAIL, IS THIS WHAT YOU CALL VICTORY? GAZA LOST A LOT MAN, OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE ONE MORE TIME. IF THIS VICTORY, THEN VICTORY HAS TURN INTO DEFEAT. WHAT WRONG WITH KHALED MASHAL? THIS MAN HAS LOST HIS MIND. THE WHOLE WORLD IS MAD AT ISRAEL FOR DESTROYING GAZA, THEN YOU SAY HAMAS WON,HAHAHAHAHA, TRY IT AGAIN. HAMAS IS THE PROBLEM TO THE GAZAN PEOPLE LIFE, THEY ARE TIRED WITH THIS HAMAS. HAMAS HAS TO GO. THE JEWS NEED TO LIVE PEACEFULLY. WE SUPPORT THE COST OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL. IN THE COST OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, THE FIGHT WILL CONTINUED IF HAMAS STRIKES AGAIN. GOD BLESS ISRAEL

  61. Only in the dreams of those ass holes

  62. Chaya Mindal says:

    WE ARE SO myopic to think the arabs are stupid and we won the war!

  63. victory are you kidding you killed your own people kids left them with no house food bunch of bandits

  64. WHICH VICTORY ? LOOK GAZA GAZA IS GONE AND THEY CLIME VICTORY…

  65. WHICH VICTORY ? LOOK GAZA GAZA IS GONE AND THEY CLIME VICTORY…

  66. Youare stupid people.you say you are victoypry and yet you the civiliaN as ur shield

  67. There is no glory in pretending to win when hearts are broken, a people are humiliated and further impoverished, their homes and lives ruined, their trust in their so-called leaders destroyed, their ignorance deepened, and the world has only pity and no praise for them. This spectacle is lamentable and everyone knows the truth deep down, though few will admit to it. To harbor such deep hatred, to plot the demise and destruction of some fictionalized enemy, to squander money, energy, time and resources, brings no gain. This is not a game of winning or losing, but of how long one is going to pursue their deadly drama and dream of ridding the world of a people who have given and continue to give, a great deal to humanity, only to discover that the dreaded enemy is much tougher and will not take the garbage any longer. The real winners? The Jews and the State of Israel have proven time and again how resilient, productive, life-affirming and forgiving they can be, especially during the worst events and unspeakable devastations endured over centuries.

  68. Israel needs to just blow them off the face of the earth and be done with them

  69. Oh, suddenly it became a football match? people died, how can there be winners.

  70. Israel expected them to declare victory. Tell that to the mothers who lost their children when Hamas killed them

  71. Well said AnitaBensabat

  72. Hamas will game over.

  73. stupid filthy pigs uneducated barabaric pigs pigs savage pigs

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