December 22, 2007


Hamas Reportedly Drafting Terms of a Truce with Israel (Robert Berger, 22 December 2007, VOA News)

Israel Radio says Hamas is drafting terms for a truce and trying to get other Palestinian factions to halt rocket attacks on Israel. [...]

Even if Hamas wants a truce, it may have a hard time bringing other militant factions on board. The Islamic Jihad, which has been hit hard in the recent fighting, said it is not time for a cease-fire, but rather, for revenge.

Like Mookie did with us, they can use the Israelis against the extremists.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 22, 2007 5:10 PM

How are the Israelis going to tell the difference? Is Hamas going to put UV-senstive dye on every Islamic Jihad "fighter"? Will they paint them green? Or tag them with radioactivity?

I doubt if the Hamas membership will stand behind their leadership under these circumstances - the other nutjob groups might suddenly experience a surge in their numbers.

Wouldn't it be interesting if Bush visits Sderot and a rocket falls a couple of hundred yards away?

Posted by: ratbert at December 22, 2007 6:14 PM

Israel pretends the PLO is different. It will pretend for Hamas and Hezbollah.

Posted by: oj at December 22, 2007 9:08 PM

It's pessimistic prediction time!

Step 1: Hamas and Israel declare a truce.

Step 2: A few hours later and in the days to come, Hamas continues firing rockets into Israel. No one except Israel notices or cares.

Step 3: Israel eventually responds. Everyone in the international community howls in horror.

Step 4: Hamas sadly declares that Israel ended the truce and continues firing rockets. Everyone except Israel applauds.

Posted by: Just John at December 22, 2007 9:43 PM

Hamas has observed a truce for several years, as per Mossad.

Posted by: oj at December 23, 2007 1:18 AM

And you are on intimate terms with "Isser"?

If there was a truce for several years, why did Israel atomize Yassin?

Posted by: ratbert at December 23, 2007 1:20 AM

As with Mookie, the Mossad whacking Yassin (in 2004) was a key to the truce (which has been in effect since late 2004 or early 2005) and to Hamas being able to participate in and win the elections.

Political wings of such movements routinely offer up the militant wing to the enemy, which has the capability to deal with them.

Posted by: oj at December 23, 2007 9:31 AM