Baku-APA. A spokesman of Islamic Hamas movement which controls the Gaza Strip said Monday that the clashes between Israel and Hamas last week were behind Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak's decision to quit politics, APA reports quoting Xinhua.
"The resignation emphasizes the political and military failure of the (Israeli) war on Gaza," Fawzi Barhoum said, stressing that Israel failed to achieve "any of its goals" during "its aerial blitz" on Gaza, which ended Wednesday.
"The resignation is an additional victory of the Palestinian resistance," Barhoum told reporters.
Earlier in the day, Israel's Barak announced that he will quit politics after the Jan. 22 national elections.
The clashes between Israel and Hamas erupted on Nov. 14 and lasted for eight days, during which at least 168 Palestinians and six Israeli were killed and Hamas fired rockets at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv for the first time.