The Palestinian government in Gaza considered the resignation of Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak to be new proof of the victory of the Palestinian resistance and Israel's failure to achieve any of the goals of its attack on Gaza.
In a recent press release, the head of the Hamas government's media office, Salamah Maarouf, said that Barak's retirement from political life was the result of the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip, and that the decision proves the resistance has thwarted Barak's political ambitions.
He added that the decision proves that the longstanding formula which dictates that in order to make gains in Israeli elections, you must shed Palestinian blood has changed.
Maarouf noted that Barak's withdrawal from political life does not mean that he will be cleared of the crimes he has committed; Palestinian efforts in pursuing him and the other war criminals of the latest war will continue until they are punished for the crimes they have committed against the Palestinian people.
"Today the battle has changed and the equation has been broken. The resistance has reinforced a new equation — that the hand that reaches out to attack our land or commit a crime against the Palestinian people will be cut."
Barak announced on Monday that he is retiring from political life as of the formation of the upcoming Israeli cabinet, noting that Israel has been through difficult days.