Humanitarian Pause: Hamas Leader, Iran Claims Victory

Daily Report November 26,2023

Hamas terror leader Ismail Haniyeh claims the humanitarian pause deal made with the Israeli government is a “political victory” for the Palestinian people.

Hamas and the Israeli government reached a deal for a humanitarian pause earlier this week. The deal will see the terror group release 50 hostages it took from the Oct. 7 attack in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners held by the terror group.

Haniyeh, while speaking alongside Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Thursday, said the humanitarian pause is a “political and military” victory for his side.

“This is a political victory that was achieved based on the victory of the resistance in the field and the enemy failed in achieving its goals except for the killing of women and children and citizens and destroying their houses,” Haniyeh said. Despite the initial opposition to the ceasefire, the United States, understanding the realities of the battlefield, was finally forced to surrender to the will of the Palestinian people and the will of the world nations and the positive vote of 120 countries to the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly for a ceasefire with Hamas, which shows the US dominance over the international order has diminished.”

Haniyeh thanked Iran Amir-Abdollahian for their support for Hamas “active diplomatic support” in international venues for Hamas’ cause.

Amir-Abdollahian also claimed that the humanitarian pause agreement is a sign that the Israeli regime failed to achieve the least in the military field and was forced to negotiate indirectly with Hamas for a ceasefire and hostage release.

“If we want to make an analysis after over 40 days … we must say that the enemy suffered a humiliating defeat and that the Palestinian people and resistance scored a great victory,” Amir-Abdollahian said. “The resistance managed to incapacitate the fake regime and frustrate it with no air, naval and ground forces.”

Hamas on Friday released the first batch of hostages it took from Israel during the Oct. 7 attack. The terror group released 13 Israeli women and children hostages, 12 Thai hostages and one Filipino hostage. However, the terror group did not release a single American hostage.

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