That’s Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas Prime Minister in Gaza, last night.
This line of reasoning literally makes no sense and I’m not sure who would be convinced by it. Say what you will about the IDF, it’s pretty clear that it wasn’t defeated in this month-long conflict in Gaza. The destruction and the devastation is proof of the destructive power of the IDF and the inability of militants to contend with its overwhelming military superiority.
I suppose Haniyeh has to say something bizarre like this because he can’t simply say, “This went badly for us and for the people we claim to represent; we should probably try something different next time because the pictures of the destruction are great proof of Israel’s willingness to destroy a whole lot of infrastructure and lives to get at our tunnels and rockets.”
With the conflict seemingly at an end now, it will be fascinating to see what Hamas “gets” out of the negotiations in Cairo. With quotes like these from Haniyeh, it seems like some within the Hamas leadership are concerned it won’t be getting much.