Hamas-leder Ismail Haniyeh sier angrepene på Israel har ført til en ny maktbalanse. Rakettene har denne gang vist seg mer presise og dødelige, men om det kan kalles en seier er mer uvisst. Palestinerne i Gaza må betale en høy pris for at Haniyeh kan skryte.

Hamas chief hails ‘victory in battle for Jerusalem’; claims ‘new balance of power’ with Israel

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh says the terror group has set “a new balance of power” with Israel following a barrage of rockets on central Israel.

“We have achieved victory in the battle for Jerusalem, the defense of Jerusalem,” Haniyeh says. He later adds: “Jerusalem is the axis of conflict.”

Haniyeh tok en stor risiko da han slapp løs rakettene. Nå føler han det var rettferdiggjort. Israelerne sitter skremt i sine hjem. Da var det verdt det, sier Haniyeh:

“Today, Gaza answered the call… for how could Gaza drag its feet when it comes to Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque?” he says.

Today’s battles with Israel — including an unprecedented barrage of rockets on the country’s center — have rewritten the rules of the game, Haniyeh says.

“What is taking place right now is an honor for our people, our nation,” Haniyeh says. “There is a new balance of power right now.”

Dette er den typen tomt skryt som palestinerne har holdt på med siden Yasser Arafat.

Raketter slo tirsdag kveld ned i forsteder til Tel Aviv og flere israelere ble såret, noen av dem alvorlig. En rakett slo ned like ved en buss og fire ble såret.

Rockets strike the Tel Aviv suburbs of Holon and Givatayim, injuring at least eight people, some of them seriously, police say.

In the recent attacks from the Gaza Strip, one rocket strikes next to a bus in Holon, injuring four people, two of them seriously and two of them moderately.