While Israeli officials were divided in their reactions to the announcement by Defense Minister Ehud Barak that he was leaving politics, Gaza Arab terrorists were unambiguous in their feelings; they celebrated the announcement in Gaza Monday by shooting into the air and singing songs calling for the destruction of Israel, claiming that they had “chased” Barak away with their “bravery” while under Israeli attack during Operation Pillar of Cloud.
Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum said that it was clear that Barak was leaving because he was unable to stand up to Hamas. “The decision proves Barak's failure in leading Pillar of Defense, and the failure of Israel to achieve its goals during the operation.”
The Hamas terrorist spokesperson was joined by a spokesperson for the Islamic Jihad terror group, Abu Ahmed, who said that “when Barak made his announcement, he admitted that he had failed miserably against the Gaza resistance, and its high quality attacks that have shocked Tel Aviv.”
Earlier Monday, Barak announced that he was retiring from politics after a 53 year career in the IDF. Although he took the decision with a “heavy heart,” Barak said that it was time for him to spend more time with his family. The only reference he made to Pillar of Defense was saying that he had been “honored to be able to steer Operation Pillar of Defense, both strategically and diplomatically, to its successful conclusion.”