In an interview with Press TV on Monday, Hamas representative in Iran Khaled al-Qaddoumi said rockets fired from Gaza were in response to Israeli atrocities against Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem al-Quds.
Asked about who was the victor in the latest confrontation, he said, “It is not the matter of who is the victor. It’s the matter of how much the resistance fighters managed to thwart the goals of the Israeli regime and to convey the message of the Palestinian people to the international community.”
“The Zionist regime’s narrative is starting to be isolated,” he said, noting that there are Jews in the US state of New York who oppose the Israeli atrocities as well as European nations who are questioning their governments’ support for the Israeli entity.
“Yes, we were the victors,” he finally said.
Qaddoumi also dismissed the casualty figures given by the Israeli authorities, saying they were “not accurate”, and that Israeli fatalities were higher than the official numbers.
Referring to the achievements made by the resistance forces, he said they managed to attack “at least six airbases” in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Hatzerim airbase, as well as a battery of the Iron Dome missile system.
He said Israel announced a unilateral ceasefire after the rocket fire from Gaza eroded the morale of the Israeli army officers and left “70 percent” of Israelis hiding underground.
Referring to the barrage of rockets fired at Israel during the latest confrontation, Qaddoumi said the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza has helped the resistance fighters to find innovative ways to defend themselves.
Qadoumi also attributed the Palestinians victory to the support provided by Iran to the Palestinian resistance, including rocket technology.
“This technology has been transferred [to us] also from other brothers in the Muslim Ummah,” he said, adding Iran “was on the top of them”.
The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli blockade since June 2007. It has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and poverty.