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Hamas: Barak retirement shows Israel assault failed
Published Monday 26/11/2012 (updated) 27/11/2012 15:31
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Palestinians run after an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City
Nov. 18, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The surprise retirement of Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is further evidence of Israel's failure during its recent assault on Gaza, Palestinian officials said Monday.

"Barak's retirement reaffirms that the Israeli government failed to achieve any of the goals of Operation Pillar of Cloud," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told Ma'an.

Palestinian National Initiative chief Mustafa Barghouti described Barak's decision as "the first result of the victory Palestinian resistance achieved in Gaza."

"Retirement will not exempt Barak from being tried before the International Criminal Court," Barghouti added.

The Israeli defense minister said in a surprise announcement on Monday that he was quitting politics and would not run in the Jan. 22 national election.

Barak, 70, has been a key player in Israel's tough policy towards curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions and a pointman in Israel's strategic relations with the United States.

He has been defense minister since 2007 and served as prime minister from 1999 to 2001.

Reuters contributed to this report
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1 ) Mel / USA
26/11/2012 16:11
Excuse my bluntness! But good riddance! Prepare the Hague court case for him &the other war criminals!After what his parents & grandparents went through,he should be ashamed of his legacy of 'vengeance' for the dead,on those, who did NOT kill them!

2 ) Barak was the MAIN FORCE TO / to STOP THE ATTACK ON GAZA
26/11/2012 16:20
now that he is gone-- the next defense minister will be MUCH MORE HAWKISH!!!!

3 ) Samir / France
26/11/2012 17:37
Barak retirement Close you what thing Hamas? Israel has the right to defend their claim Don't provoke Israel -The next Secretary of defense tougher this is right

4 ) Fred / UK
26/11/2012 19:34
Barak is not a friend of the Palestinian,whoever is defence minister or primeminister in Israel none want peace with the Palestinian,the Israeli leaders want to keep Palestinian land under occupation because they not paying high price for keeping the status qou.

5 ) Outlier / USA
28/11/2012 18:23
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