Helen Thomas would be overjoyed.
In the next war between Hamas and Israel, many Israelis will flee their country, Hamas’s Minister for Prisoners Affairs, Atallah Abu al-Sabah, said Thursday.
In an interview with a Palestinian TV station in the Gaza Strip, Sabah claimed that thousands of Israelis had fled to the North to escape from Hamas’s rockets and missiles.
“The era of Israeli victories has gone for good,” he said.
The Hamas official predicted that Israel would from now on rely on short-term wars “because it is not able to lead long-term wars of attrition.”
He also praised Arab and Islamic countries for supporting Hamas during the recent fighting by dispatching delegations to the Gaza Strip.
“Gaza has united the Arab nation and solidified its existence as a political entity,” the Hamas official added.
Sabah said that while “Palestinian fighters fought with a strong belief and high morale, the Israeli soldier fought with a defeatist spirit. The fabric of Israeli society has been torn apart in the face of the resistance’s strength.”
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal was quoted Thursday as saying that “the resistance will soon occur in the West Bank too.”
Mashaal attributed the absence of “resistance” in the West Bank to “security pressure by all parties.” He said that although Hamas agreed to a cease-fire with Israel, this did not mean that the movement has relinquished the “resistance to achieve the liberation of Palestine.”