Gaza Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called on all the terror factions to honor the cease fire with Israel after what he called "this victory". Speaking at a Gaza gathering, he added the Israel Defense Forces would never dare to think about invading the southern Mediterranean coastal area and would think twice about going to war with anyone in the area.
Politburo leader Khaled Mashaal used his official Twitter account to thank Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for the support the Tehran government gave Gaza during the eight-day Pillar of Defense counter-terror operation. One Iranian leader said the Islamic Republic could only supply the technology for the Fajr-5 rocket of the type launched at Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion because of Israel's blockade of Gaza. Another expressed pride at providing the terrorists with weapons.