In a news conference broadcast on Al Mayadeen following an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire late on Sunday, Islamic Jihad leader Ziad al-Nakhala declared: "This is a victory."
Among those killed in Israeli raids that began on Friday were two senior Islamic Jihad commanders. Hundreds more people were wounded and dozens of houses destroyed in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian resistance fighters fired more than 1,000 rockets at Israel.
A spokesman for Islamic Jihad in Gaza said the group may have suffered losses to its leadership and fighting strength but it had been able to impose conditions on Israel and maintain unity and cohesion, Reuters reported.
"The enemy made ending the Islamic Jihad group its battle aim but such a dreaming, delusional goal failed," he said. "We own the human element, the human miracle that can repair capabilities regardless of how humble they are."
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Monday said Israel only understands the language of force as he condemned the regime’s “blind attacks against women and children”.
In a post on his Instagram account, Amir-Abdollahian reiterated support for an “active resistance that stops the malice of the occupiers”.
On Monday, Israel reopened crossings into Gaza. Fuel trucks rolled in to supply the enclave’s only power plant to increase the availability of electricity, which was down to around eight hours a day.
The human cost in Gaza, a narrow coastal strip where some 2.3 million people live under Israeli blockade since 2007, was heavy.