November 25, 2006

Is Israel sending Hamas cease-fire signals?

Recognizing that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is incapable of halting the Kassam rocket fire from Gaza, Israel reportedly is conveying messages indirectly to Hamas to try and secure a cease-fire. The government appeared to be seeking a "de facto" hudna (cease-fire) arrangement that would include the release of kidnapped soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit in an exchange for Palestinian prisoners, a halt to targeted interceptions of terrorists in Gaza, and an end to the rocket attacks from Gaza, former National Security Council chief Giora Eiland said Thursday.