Hamas Ready for Battle. says spokeman

The Ezz-eddine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, said on Monday it had “thousands” of resistance fighters ready to battle Israel in Gaza, in a second defiant televised address by the movement in a day.
“We have prepared thousands of brave fighters who are waiting for you in each corner of the street and will welcome you with fire and iron,” Abu Obeida, the spokesman for the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, said in a broadcast on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa television Channel.
“We tell you in all confidence that your defeat in the Gaza Strip is approaching with every hour,” he said. “As long as the aggression intensifies, your losses will increase and you will sink further into the Gaza quagmire.
“God willing, we are at the gates of victory and the Zionist Jews will suffer only defeat and humiliation.” “The Qassams still have many tools which yet to be used against Israel and have up to now used only a part of their forces,” he said.
Abu Obeida added that in spite of the unstoppable Israeli air strikes in Gaza, the military wing continues to fire rockets into the Zionist entity.
Earlier, Dr. Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas official, vowed that the resistance fighters were heading to victory against Israel, saying “Victory is coming, God willing”.
In his first appearance since the start of Israel’s massive offensive against the Gaza Strip on December 27, Zahar said in a television address broadcast on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa Channel, “The rockets that the resistance fighters are launching have broken Israel’s perception of security.”
“The problem isn’t the rockets, but the occupation. I call to the all the Palestinian to aid those in need as much as possible. We must be patient until we reach victory. Allah helps us,” said al-Zahar.
Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday defended Israel’s incursion into the Gaza Strip, claiming any nation seeking to survive would have take the same action.
In remarks broadcast on Israeli radio stations, Barak told members of the political-security cabinet that many of the military’s goals had yet to be achieved. “The operation is continuing as planned,” he said. “Gaza is partially besieged and IDF forces have reached the targets assigned to them.
The aim of the operation was to change the political and security situation in the south, Barak said, adding that he was certain that Israel would end its operation in Gaza “with an upper hand,” and that Israel was engaged in diplomatic contacts with international officials regarding the operation.

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