Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday rejected the notion that Israeli public opinion against agreeing to a cease-fire with Hamas should have any bearing on the Israeli leadership's decision-making process.
"We don't have to listen to the public on these issues - the leadership must make the decisions," Barak said in an interview with Channel 2 when asked about the perceived unpopularity of the cease-fire among the public.
Barak expressed confidence that the cease-fire with Gaza factions would be "relatively long," adding that "Hamas did not truly achieve anything - Israel has control of all the understandings with them."
He rejected the idea that the conflict ended in a victory for Hamas, stating that Gazans were celebrating imaginary feats that did not actually occur, such as the alleged shooting down of an Israeli F-16 and rockets falling in Tel Aviv and causing damage.
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