Thursday 28 Aug 2014
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Islamist foe Hamas achieved none of its demands in a truce ending 50 days of deadly conflict in Gaza.
"Hamas was hit hard and got none of its demands," Netanyahu said at a news conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday, his first comments since the ceasefire went into effect on Tuesday evening.
"Hamas wanted a port and airport in Gaza, the liberation of Palestinian prisoners, the mediation of Qatar and Turkey and the payment of salaries for its employees.
"But it got nothing."
The seven-week conflict claimed the lives of at least 2140 Palestinians, more than 70 per cent of them civilians according to the United Nations, and 64 soldiers and six civilians on the Israeli side.
"Hamas has not suffered such a defeat since its creation. We destroyed attack tunnels, killed nearly 1000 enemy combatants, including senior officials in the movement, destroyed thousands of rockets and hundreds of command posts," Netanyahu said.
Both sides' guns fell silent at 1600 GMT on Tuesday (0200 AEST), with Israel agreeing to ease restrictions on the movement of people and goods into and out of Gaza, and allow fishing boats up to six nautical miles offshore.