Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Hamas Not Bound by Ceasefire

The Ceasefire is today's big news and reporters are wetting themselves with excitement over it.

AP: "Mideast Leaders Declare Halt to Violence." Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas declared Tuesday that their people would stop all military and violent attacks against each other, pledging to break a four-year cycle of bloodshed and get peace talks back on track.

Not much coverage of the this though. "Hamas says not bound by Palestinian ceasefire"
Palestinian Islamist militant movement Hamas said Tuesday that it was not bound by the ceasefire announced by Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas at a Middle East peace summit in Egypt. Abbas's declaration "expresses only the position of the Palestinian Authority. It does not express the position of the Palestinian movements," said Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri.
How long until Hamas launches their next attack? And don't forget about Islamic Jihad. Will the PA use force to stop them? If the PA doesn't, either because they won't or can't, then how have things changed? Israel's big condition is that they won't negotiate under fire, whether from the PA itself or groups inside the territory it supposedly controls.

I'm just a shade more than skeptical.

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