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Netanyahu exactly one year ago: "Hamas is completely deterred"

Exactly one year ago, Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke out after Operation Shield and Arrow and said: "Hamas is deterred, they don't dare to fire even one rocket."

Binyamin Netanyahu (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

It's been well documented that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, apparently along with the entire security establishment, believed that Hamas was deterred but seeing it in print at a time that we are in the middle of a bloody war in Gaza is like getting punched in the stomach all over again.

Exactly one year ago, Netanyahu spoke at the end of Operation Shield Arrow and said: "We changed the equation just like we did against Hamas two years ago in Operation Guardian of the Walls. How many rockets did Hamas fire at us? As far as I understand, zero. Because they are deterred."

Netanyahu also added: "In other words, Operation Guardian of the Walls destroyed Hamas' capabilities and severely damaged it - it changed the equation. We did it out of a state of apparent calm. It was a surprise attack that eliminated their top brass. Our statement was not only to the Islamic Jihad but to Hamas. They understood the meaning of: "Your fate has been sealed."

Surfers did not remain indifferent in lieu of Netanyahu's botched understanding that Hamas was "deterred." One viewer wrote: "Of course they didn't fire missiles. If only they had time for that. They were busy planning the biggest attack on Jews since the Holocaust."

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