August 28, 2014 3:37 am

Israelis skeptical of PM Netanyahu’s claim of victory in Gaza war: Poll

Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Ya'alon, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, attend the cabinet meeting at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 31, 2014

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JERUSALEM – A new poll has shown that a majority of Israelis are skeptical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that Israel achieved a “great military and political” victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

The poll, published in Thursday’s Haaretz newspaper, shows that 54 per cent of those surveyed believe there was no clear winner the 50 days of war. The fighting killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and 69 Israelis.

The poll questioned 464 Israelis on Wednesday and had a margin of error of 4.6 per cent. Later that night, Netanyahu said in a televised speech that Israel dealt Hamas “a heavy blow.”

Calm has prevailed since the two sides agreed this week to an open-ended truce, settling for an ambiguous interim agreement in exchange.

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