News / Middle East

Israel, Hamas Both Claim Victory in Gaza Cease-fire

Palestinians return to their homes in Gaza City’s Shijaiyah neighborhood Aug. 27, 2014.
Palestinians return to their homes in Gaza City’s Shijaiyah neighborhood Aug. 27, 2014.
VOA News

Israel and Hamas are both claiming victory in the 50-day Gaza war as a new cease-fire took hold Wednesday.

Liran Dan, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said that tunnels used by the Hamas militants to sneak into Israel for attacks had been destroyed. And he said Hamas, which controls Gaza, failed in its effort to end a blockade of the Palestinian enclave along the Mediterranean and to open a seaport and airport for the war-ravaged territory.

Hamas said it killed 64 Israeli soldiers during the conflict, the Jewish state's heaviest military loss since 2006. Five civilians also died. Israeli airstrikes into Gaza killed more than 2,100 Palestinians – mostly civilians, but also key Hamas leaders. 

Gaza: Humanitarian concerns, U.N.Gaza: Humanitarian concerns, U.N.
x
Gaza: Humanitarian concerns, U.N.
Gaza: Humanitarian concerns, U.N.

Other analysts offered a measured view of the outcome. A headline in the Israeli newspaper Maariv called it "A draw."  Others said the warring sides agreed Tuesday to the open-ended cease-fire because they were exhausted by the fighting.

Since the conflict began July 8, Hamas launched hundreds of missiles into Israel and the Israeli forces bombarded Gaza with massive airstrikes that left many neighborhoods in towering piles of concrete rubble.

But the key demands by the two sides were left unresolved, subject to further negotiations at Egypt-sponsored talks in Cairo in the coming weeks. Israel is demanding that Hamas be disarmed, while the Palestinians want an end to the extensive Israeli blockade of Gaza and the opening of the seaport and airport.

Noga and Moshiko Siho pose for wedding photos in an Israeli army staging area on the border near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Aug. 27, 2014.Noga and Moshiko Siho pose for wedding photos in an Israeli army staging area on the border near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Aug. 27, 2014.
x
Noga and Moshiko Siho pose for wedding photos in an Israeli army staging area on the border near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Aug. 27, 2014.
Noga and Moshiko Siho pose for wedding photos in an Israeli army staging area on the border near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Aug. 27, 2014.

As part of the cease-fire, Israel agreed to allow humanitarian aid and construction materials into Gaza, to assist its recovery, and to widen the territory's offshore fishing zone.

Calm descends, stores reopen

The skies over Gaza were quiet Wednesday, with the Israeli military reporting no rocket attacks from Gaza and no airstrikes by its forces on the Palestinian territory. Shops reopened, farmers returned to their fields near the Israeli border and a sense of normalcy took hold as thousands of Gaza residents gathered their belongings at United Nations shelters and returned to their neighborhoods.

One Gaza shop owner, Ahmed Kharwat, said the coming negotiations must bring a lasting peace.

"We don't want to go through war every year or two, or even four," Kharwat said. "They need to find a real solution so that we can live and work. As you see, after we rebuilt, war came. Two years later, everything is destroyed again."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon both welcomed the cease-fire and expressed hope that Israel and the Palestinians can move toward making progress on a wider peace effort.

You May Like

African States Push to Keep Boko Haram Offline

Central African telecoms ministers working with Nigeria to block all videos posted by Boko Haram in effort to blunt Nigerian militant group's propaganda More

Falling Oil Prices, Internet-Savvy Youth Pose Challenge for Gulf Monarchies

Across the Gulf, younger generations are putting a strain on traditional politics More

Philippines Call Center Workers Face Challenges

Country has world’s largest business process outsourcing, or BPO, industry, employing some one-million workers More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 27, 2014 2:30 PM
Even though Hamas lost more than 2000 lives in Gaza, I think it is the real winner, because it has controlled the proceedings all through the fight, when to cease fire and when not to cease fire, the media was turned on its finger tips, diplomacy was at its call and beckon, it sneezed and Israel caught cold. Yes, Hamas is the winner even if its population reduced from 1,800,000 to 1,798,000, because it has won more concessions like more chances of bringing into Gaza more lethal weapons in addition to its stockpile of missiles, rockets and grenade that are left over from the just concluded umpteenth conflagration.

Hamas is the winner because it lives to fight again in no distant future after Israel failed to take advantage of regional longing to have it defeated once and for all time so as to concentrate efforts at containing ISIS, the new trouble in the military horizon, like ebola virus in West Africa is the latest threat to humanity on the globe. Hamas is the winner because, unlike its predecessors it killed 64 IDF soldiers and was hungry for more until Israel resorted to aerial campaign. Hamas is the winner because it has opened Israeli army up to military caricature of the century, never to be feared or dreaded any more in the region or anywhere else. For that singular revelation, I think ISIS will be ready to crown Hamas the new king of the jungle.
In Response

by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
August 27, 2014 6:22 PM
Both Israel and Hamas are shamefully losers over the war they fought on for the past two months. Both engaged the war in a cowardly way: Israel, supposedly a responsible nation, did exactly what Hamas wanted them to do by bombarding mercilessly women and children from safe distance. While the barbarous Hamas continued throwing useless rockets into Israel just to provoke Israel army to kill more civilians in Gaza.
Both Israel and Hamas authorities equally committed war crimes and both of them should be brought to justice.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Casei
X
Katherine Gypson
February 25, 2015 11:30 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
Video

Video Fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan Fuels Mass Displacement

Heavy fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state is causing hundreds of thousands to flee into uncertain conditions. Local aid organizations estimate as many as 400,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the conflict began more than three years ago, while another 250,000 have fled across the border to refugee camps in South Sudan. VOA's Adam Bailes reports.
Video

Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.
Video

Video A Filmmaker Discovers Her Biracial Identity in "Little White Lie

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family, in a town in upstate New York where almost everyone she knew was white. She assumed that she was, as well. Her recent documentary, Little White Lie, tells the story of how she uncovered the secret of her true racial background. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more on the film.
Video

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
Video

Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
Video

Video Pakistan's Deadline For SIM Registration Has Cellphone Users Scrambling

Pakistani cell phone users have until midnight Thursday to register their SIM cards, or their service will be cut off. While some privacy experts worry about government intrusion, many Pakistanis are just worried about keeping their phone lines open. VOA Deewa reporter Arshad Muhmand has more from Peshawar.
Video

Video Myanmar Warns Factory Workers to End Strikes

Outside Myanmar's main city Yangon, thousands of workers walked off their jobs earlier this month demanding a doubling of their wages, pay raises after a year and input from labor unions on industrial regulations. Since Friday, the standoff has grown more tense as police moved in to disrupt the sit-ins, resulting in clashes that injured people from both sides. VOA correspondent Steve Herman visited industrial zones which have become a focus of Myanmar's fledgling workers rights movement.
Video

Video Oscar Winners Do More Than Thank the Academy

The Academy Awards presentation is Hollywood’s night to reward the best movies from the previous year. It’s typically a lot of glitter, a lot of thank you’s, a lot of speeches. But many of this year’s speeches carried messages beyond the thank you's. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More