Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Hamas says it will halt attacks
From the Telegraph:
Hamas is to halt attacks on Israelis in the run-up to elections for a successor to the late Yasser Arafat, a senior leader of the militant group said yesterday. Sheikh Hassan Yousef said the group would consider a formal truce with Israel, suspending a trail of suicide bombings and other violence.I've also read here and there about talks of a ten-year hudna (ceasefire) being declared by Hamas. Of course, this would also probably be dependent on reciprocity by Israel. And Israel is not going to stand by and let Hamas settle down and regroup over a ten year period. So I think that's a non-existant scenario with the way things stand right now, with the Israeli Right in control of the government. Anyhow, I'd like to think that this could work leading up to elections, but somehow I doubt that is a possibility either.
The Sheikh, who recently served a 28-month sentence in an Israeli jail, said
yesterday: "Many [Palestinian] political militant groups have halted their attacks. They are waiting and exploring the new era."
But he said a formal truce must involve reciprocity by Israel....
The Israeli army said it was now only taking pre-emptive action to thwart suicide bombings and other attacks.