Ignoring Zionist crowd’s chest-beating that Israel won the recent 50-day war against Gaza resistance – two recent polls paint a different picture.
According to an Israeli Channel 2 poll, Netanyahu’s popularity has dipped to lowest level (50%) from 82% before he ordered his Jewish army to destroy the Gaza ruling Hamas’ military capability.
On the other hand, a Palestinian poll claims that Hamas popularity has reached to the highest level since the Islamic resistance won the first democratic election in 2006. Hamas success was so impressive that now even a great majority of Palestinians in the West Bank, too, want to apply Hamas armed resistance model.
79% of the Palestinians who participated in the poll, said Hamas won the war while only 3% claimed Israel won the war. The same percentage blamed the Zionist entity for starting the war by cooking-up the phony abduction and killing of three Israeli Jew settlers by Hamas.
According to the poll, if an independent PA election is held now, Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh and Hamas would defeat Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah which rules the West Bank as Israeli proxy government by a margin 61% to 32%. Mahmoud Abbas’s mandate as president of PA had expired in January 2009. He has been kept on that post by the US, EU and Israel.
On August 27, Netanyahu called Gaza War a “great military and political achievement”. Yossi Verter at daily Ha’aretz wrote, “Not just Gaza, Netanyahu image need rebuilding, too”. On the other hand, Amir Oren, claimed at Ha’aretz, “Netanyahu may be one of the only Israelis who believe Israel won the war with Hamas”.
Hamas is victorious for not giving-up its military resistance against a military 1000-times stronger than it. Israel is defeated because it failed to achieve its aim of destroying Hamas and Islamic Jihad as a military force – and forcing Palestinians to turn against Hamas by targeting civilians and children. But other than that, Hamas failed to gain anything from the ceasefire.
“There is no mention of Egypt or Israel ending their blockades, by far the most important Palestinian demand regarding Gaza. Both countries will reportedly open border crossings, but not all of them. That suggests only an easing of the blockades, the extent of which remains unclear. Given their past restrictions and their hostility towards Hamas, it may well be limited, with any easing – no matter how small – portrayed as a major concession,” says award-winning Arab journalist Sharif Nashashibi