Militants to Back Off Before Palestinian Vote

(Toronto Star) Nablus Al-Aqsa commander Nasser Juma'a and senior Islamic Jihad political spokesperson Abu Khaled both said their organizations are ready to call a ceasefire until Jan. 9, although beyond the borders of pre-1967 Israel, they say, the uprising will continue with "resistance as usual." "We will refrain from attacks inside Israel for 60 days so that we will not be accused of destroying the democratic process inside Palestine," said Abu Khaled. Meanwhile, senior Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said in Gaza, "We don't care what the others say. Whenever there is a need to defend our people, we will do so."

2004-11-17 00:00:00

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